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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...

In The Style Of Ritchie Blackmore

Man in black, the warlock, the dark wizard of the Olympus of electric guitars; call him what you like, but do not think that we’re talking of fairy tales and of spells that exist only in fables, but rather this gent named Ritchie Blackmore has earned all these nicknames because what he does with his guitar is real magic, the true kind that you...

We Want The Funk: the 10 funkiest guitarists

“We want the funk, we need the funk” was sung by Parliament and George Clinton at the end of the70s, something like that is what happened to the world of music, it  witnessed a genre become the main reference to black American music from the end of the 60s to the start of the 80s, when hip-hop, built on its own  base, took its place...

In The Style Of Brian Setzer

Today we turn to a unique kind of guitarist or, to put it another way, a guitarist who belongs to a club in which very few are invited to enter: the club in which there is total unanimity among the guitar community when it comes to praising their virtues; whether that praise comes from the world of rock, jazz, pop or even classical. We are speaking...

Guitarists true to one guitar

Most of our idols, having lived at a time when music was a gigantic multi-millionaire business, ended up very rich, and some of us can ponder that having all that cash, allowing them  access to the finest guitars ever made, each of their collections would grow too big to fit in their mansions, right? Well many of them did just that, but...

In The Style Of Mike McCready

If you are the lead guitarist of one of the bands that to a great extent fanned the flame of rock high in the 90s - after a decade in which electric guitars seemed doomed to disappear - you have to be a great guitarist and indeed he is; Mike McCready may lack the aura and fame that surrounds others in our world but not regarding his...

The best moments of Eric Clapton as invited guest

No one doubts that Eric Clapton is one of the best and most important guitarists in history. The mark left by the Englishman through his time with the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos or alone has been felt by most rock guitarists in history. You just have to have a quick look at Guitars Exchange to see he...

In The Style Of Jack White

We face the task this week of delving into the world of one of the artists with the most personality who has emerged over the last two decades. A cyclone on stage, an animal in the studio, an absolute fanatic of everything vintage and the vintage sound who has managed to go beyond exercises in style in his music and sound and who has taken vintage...

The most fabled guitars that have changed hands

The Gibson Super 400: Scotty Moore (Scotty Moore / Elvis Presley / Reggie Young) Scotty Moore’s first Gibson Super 400, a model from 1956, arrived in January !957. With it, he would record the soundtracks from Elvis Presley best movies, like Jailhouse Rock and King Creole. This series of the Gibson would be what he used for the rest of his...

In The Style Of Randy Rhoads

At just twenty-five years of age, including two years of career with Ozzy Osbourne, the good of Randy Rhoads decided one day to get in a small plane and start to ‘buzz’ for a joke his tour bandmates who were travelling by coach. The conclusion of that ‘joke’ you all already know. However those few years on the stage were more than enough...

Ry Cooder as a session player: Top 10 moments

Ry Cooder is one of the best slide guitarists of all time. His unique, inimitable style makes him, arguably one of the four absolute pillars of this style together with Blind Willie Johnson (his biggest inspiration), Elmore James and Duane Allman. His work is linked to grassroots music, be it blues, folk, country, Tex-Mex, or Caribbean, with some...