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The 10 best Jimi Hendrix covers

On September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was found dead by drowning in his own vomit in the Hotel Samarkand, at 22 Lansdowne Crescent, in Notting Hill. The man who had a leading role in the ‘big bang’ of the electric guitar and had become the definitive rock star had died. In little over three years of a career as a soloist, he turned the rock world...

In The Style Of Jimi Hendrix

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, we pray...because we are going to speak about God.     This week it is the turn of the sounds of the man who changed everything, and from whom emanates almost all the electric guitar sounds that we hear nowadays. I refer of course to the Big Bang of our world known as Jimi...

Franfret Guitars

SIX STRING... 1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up (or begin) being a luthier?  FRAN RODRÍGUEZ: Well, I imagine that this is something very passionate, some end up being musicians and others end up making the instruments. In my case I’ve always been surrounded by music after having had different working experiences, it...

B.B. King's best collaborations

B.B. King - had it all, did it all, loved by all Riley B. King, (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015), known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, then Blues Boy and then simply B.B., brought the Delta Mississippi blues into the light over a rough but glorious career, from the “dirt floor, smoke in the air” juke joints of the South to the concert...

In The Style Of B.B. King

1949. Arkansas. A night club. A guy’s playing the blues. A small kerosene heater is keeping the crowd warm. Two blokes are drunk and stricken with jealousy, and before long they start to brawl. The heater falls to the floor and a fire breaks out and the place starts to burn as if it had been lit. Things turn very ugly. It seems there are people...

Queen at Live Aid 1985

On July 13, 1985 the world witnessed the biggest satellite-broadcast musical event of all time with Live Aid, a dual venue benefit concert staged in London’s Wembley Stadium, 72,000 in attendance, and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia with 100,000 people. The aim was to help raise funds for the famine in Ethiopia. It was organised by Bob...

In The Style Of Punk

This time we’re not going to focus on the special style of a guitarist but instead try to shine a little light on the primitive sound of an entire movement; none other than punk music that sprung forth in the late70s. We will centre our attention on what many call the holy trinity of the movement: the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones;...

In The Style Of The Edge

David Howell Evans, known around the world as ‘The Edge’ is likely the first ‘guitar hero’ in history who bases his creativity and centers his talent on the sounds he gets from his own equipment; an authentic guitar arsenal, by the way, and amps, and especially pedals he knows how to use and mix like no one else, which have been his...

In The Style Of Stevie Ray Vaughan

At a time when the guitar world’s attention was focussed on sounds more and more saturated and martian-like, and where it wasn’t imagined having a guitar without humbuckers, even on the super strat made so famous in the mid-80s, along comes a dude in a cowboy hat, with a Texan accent who hardly used effects, crunched a clean sound from his...

Pat Metheny - Live in Madrid 2017

Question and Answer is what one of Pat Metheny’s songs recites and that is precisely what the guitarist seems to do along with his wonderful drummer Antonio Sanchez for many parts of the concert, asking and answering almost telepathically, having a high flying musical conversation as though they were talking Einstein’s relativity theory....

In The Style Of Santana

If the most complicated thing in playing an electric guitar is creating your own sound, and to be recognised the instant you start playing the notes, we can say that Carlos Santana has achieved that and much more, becoming one of the most innovative and influential guitarists in rock history. Our work here is to try and explain how to get that...

In The Style Of Joe Satriani

Getting deep into the sound world of an electric guitar beast like Joe Satriani takes something more than a few dozens lines, so we’re going to try and focus in the “the style of” section on the gear that never fails in a Joe Satriani show whether  he’s on a solitary project, with the G3 tours  or with his ‘superband’...

In The Style Of Scotty Moore

Maybe not many people recognise his photo, maybe there weren’t too many media outlets that echoed his disappearance last year, maybe he wasn’t even the best guitarist of his time...but friends, anyone on this planet considering how a  50s electric guitar sounds, will automatically think  of Scotty Moore...even if they don’t even...

In The Style Of Derek Trucks

We are going to try to write an article about Derek Trucks without mentioning Duane Allman...Oops, we just did! But really, this isn’t a cheap shot nor a way to simplify or pigeon-hole 21st century artists with our heroes from the 20th. In this case it’s about an authentic blessing for we all know that Derek Trucks has surely rekindled the...

In The Style Of John Petrucci

Inside the world of electric guitar virtuosity there are just a few names capable of having the whole guitar community agree about the value of one particular guitarist...but an ‘animal’ like John Petrucci allays all the common arguments and discussions over who is good, bad, or mediocre in the forums and magazines specialised and focussed on...

In The Style Of Ronnie Wood

If we were just talking about a guy who started off his career by recording the best records Jeff Beck  ever made, or the Faces guitarist, or Rod Stewart’s, we would already have an adjective  in mind:  legendary...the amazing thing about this resumé is that it pales beside the phrase ‘Ron Wood: Rolling Stones...

M.O.V. Guitars

Those who love music and guitars usually find ourselves transfixed on the fingers of those who play, on  the ability of the guitarist, on their speed, technique and fantasy behind the construction of the phrases and the melody of the chords and solos. But, how much of a part does the instrument play in all of this? A bigger one than you...

In The Style Of Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti (April 18, 1974) is, without a doubt, one of the greatest lead guitarists in the last 20 years. A heavy metal virtuoso who has not slowed down since he first appeared with Creed, in the second half of the 90s, then on to Alter Bridge, until his solo thrash metal records were released. He has a total of 12 albums under his belt, dozens...

In The Style Of Jim Root

A blood-thirsty surgeon who operates with a sledgehammer instead of a scalpel, a mask in place of a lab coat. No anestesia.  He’s the darling of the morbid, the lure towards the dark side, seeking out his own limits. Gain to the max, the volume the same. You get in front of the amp, real close, and do the Jim Root. There’s something...