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In The Style of Paul McCartney

Now is the moment to dive into the world of the four strings again, and what better way to do that than to talk about the most important rock legend who inhabits planet Earth today: Sir Paul McCartney. I do not need to comment on the unanimous decision since the 60s about who is the most influential band in history or about the two young...

Rory Gallagher's finest moments

William Rory Gallagher (March 2, 1948 - June 14, 1995) was an Irish blues/rock multi instrumentalist and producer who reached the stars with his stellar style and energy, recognised the world over as one of the best guitarists ever to shred one. Through his time with Taste and to his solo albums in the 70s and 80s, he amassed over 30 million...

In The Style of Les Paul

So maybe you’re less than 30 years old, you are a millennial and you don’t yet know that the lovely signature on the head of your precious Gibson Les Paul isn’t exactly the president of the company, but rather it belongs to the man who designed it over 60 years ago. And it might even surprise you if I say that he was not just one of greatest...

The 10 best Prince Solos

Prince did it all, and did it well, he could compose, produce, arrange, sing and play just about every instrument, and play them in the best possible way. As Sheryl Crow said, he could play the piano like Chick Corea or Herbie Hancock, pick up a bass and play like Larry Graham, and of course play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix or Buddy Guy. Possibly...

Noches del Botánico

Madrid summer nights are back to being a little less stifling thanks to the Noches del Botánico which present their 3rd edition in the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanic Garden from the Complutense University of Madrid between the 21st of June to the 29th of July. The lineup is once again a luxury with several unmissable gigs for electric guitar...

In The Style of Matt Bellamy

The detail; without doubt in the really classic guitarists we like the detail. That's why we can melt, discuss, repeat over and over again and speak for hours about one or two notes by Albert King while sometimes overlook the incredible things that a guy like Matt Bellamy does in each song he plays. It should also be mentioned that he does...

Roger Waters at the Madrid WiZink Center

A giant projection of a woman sitting facing the sea is our introduction to an unforgettable concert. It is a gig in which Roger Waters prepares to reclaim his legacy as one of the leading artists that rock has given us in the last 50 years. The image of the woman is prolonged for several minutes - hypnotic and relaxing at the same time. In...

Top 10 Rock Drummers - Keeping the beat with the best

What makes a great drummer? Dedication, discipline, a well crafted sense of time and meter, stamina, big ears, big arms, and great hair? Well, all of the above actually, especially when we talk about rock drummers, which is what we will do here in Guitars Exchange today. We have endeavoured to put a list of top 10 players, some obvious, some our...

In The Style of Tom Morello

We have read so much over the years about the evolution of the electric guitarist and specifically about whether the evolution of this specimen has long since reached its splendor and now we all are just satisfied sounding more or less the same as our favourite legends...well, the case of Mr. Tom Morello makes it clear that there is light  at...

Mad Cool Festival 2018

Mad Cool is an indie, rock, and electronic festival that began in Madrid in 2016 and is now a top annual fixture in Spain for music lovers.   Here Guitars Exchange takes a look at which top guitar bands to watch out for in the 12, 13 and 14 July 2018 edition, and why.   Few electric guitar lovers would pass up a chance...

The Most Important Guitarists of Bob Dylan’s Career

Today we want to pay tribute to possibly the most important figure in popular music of the 20th century, Bob Dylan. We will do so by concentrating on the most significant guitarists who played with him, mind you, putting together a short list proved almost impossible (almost all the big names have played with him) so we will focus on those who have...

In The Style of Rich Robinson

In the midst of the grunge explosion in the early 90s, there was a band that focused its style, its sound and its compositions on returning to the roots of the then forgotten American Rock and Roll of the 70s, the one that had given way to heavy metal first and later the more than questionable style full of hair full of lacquer and albums...

In The Style of Robert Fripp

Welcome to the mother ship. We speak today of one of the main culprits of a very serious crime: the crime of having "forced" the ordinary guitarist to transport kilos and kilos of equipment to their concerts. If last week we talked about Muddy Waters and his ‘primitive stage style’ - using just a cable to plug his guitar into his amplifier...

The 10 Most Important Reggae Guitarists

This list should actually be called the most important guitarists of Jamaican music because there wouldn’t be reggae without the two styles that preceded it on the island: ska and rocksteady. Two styles that, like reggae, don’t centre on the guitar as the main piece in the band, but with the weight focussed on the rhythm section, especially the...

In The Style of Joe Bonamassa

We could have in front of us the complete ‘world catalogue’ of guitars, grab an innocent hand, tell that person to choose three or four random models and probably they would be three or four models that have passed through the hands of Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the current guitarist most linked to the world of collecting – and a man who...

The Most Expensive Guitars in History

1. Fender Stratocaster 'Reach Out to Asia' Price: $2,700,000 The most expensive guitar in history doesn’t have much of a history behind it, it didn't appear in any special event in rock history, nor did it belong to any of the rock ‘Gods’, but we can give thanks to it being the most expensive for the worthiest of causes, to raise funds for...

In The Style Of Muddy Waters

This week we focus on the style of one of the founding fathers of everything we know as rock today. Very few figures in the history of music are mentioned as many times as a vital influence in the careers of our idols as this incredible bluesman named Muddy Waters, possessor of a truth that can almost be felt when you hear him singing or,...

The 10 Best songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty is one of the best songwriters in the history of rock, he brought back the energy, simplicity, and straightforwardness of early rock & roll to a world that was beginning to stray from its origins due to the excesses of psychedelia. He was the frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival for four of the most fertile years in the...

In The Style of Peter Frampton

From an 18-year-old who, with the help of Steve Marriott, was to become the guitarist of one of the bands that most forcefully waved the ‘Hard Rock flag’ of the late 60s and early 70s to the gentleman with white hair who we can continue to see today on stage there are many differences, but during this ‘temporary ellipsis’ there is...