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Brian May’s 10 Best Solos

There are many guitarists with unique guitars created for them but there are far fewer who built those guitars themselves (aided by their father) long before they came to fame. It is also not very common to use a sixpenny coin as a plectrum and the list is reduced to a minimum if we are talking about guitarists capable of understanding what a...

In The Style Of Johnny Thunders

Perhaps the only thing you need to get that Johnny Thunders tone is anything looking like a pickup plugged into anything similar to a pickup plugged into a potentiometer knob set to full volume...but remember, that won’t even come close to what you’ll need to be Johnny Thunders; and that’s something that the innumerable imitators of our...

10 ways to continue playing during your holidays

From Guitars Exchange we would like to offer you 10 ways for you to continue with your hobby of playing guitar and not ‘split temporarily’ because of the small amount of space in your suitcase.      We are going to give you five ways to plug your instrument in and five ways for your instrument to fit into your suitcase...

In The Style of Richie Sambora

We dive straight into it this week with the gear of one of the guitar heroes that our beloved 80s brought us, and everything that that involves, which is to say, a great arsenal of fireworks added to the sound of a guitar. However our protagonist today, Mr. Richie Sambora far exceeds the tackiness test that prevailed in those years and left us...

The 15 best slide solos

From the moment that Sylvester Weaver recorded for the first time with a slide in 1923, the technique of using a metallic object to press the strings of a guitar has gradually been perfected. These are some of the best examples of its use throughout history, in a list that is ordered chronologically.    Dark Was the Night, Cold...

In The Style of Robbie Robertson

Very few guitarists have been able to go down in history either because of their own work fronting their own band or for their session work in the studio and tours with other artists. Today we come across one of the clearest examples of this race of musicians, Mr. Robbie Robertson, who deserves a spot on our pedestal just for accompanying Bob Dylan...

The best moments of Jeff Beck on guitar

Jeff Beck is the guitarist’s guitarist. You only need to hear about him from giants like Clapton, Page (his predecessor and antecessor in the Yardbirds) or Steve Cropper to understand the incredible importance of Beck, possibly the most innovative guitarist in history (well, if we exclude that extraterrestrial who responds to the name of...

In The Style of Chet Atkins

It wasn’t too many weeks ago that we gave tribute in this section to Mr. Les Paul, and today it’s his contemporary’s turn who he has so many things in common with; the first being his mastery of the guitar that made him revered and copied by almost all guitarists of his time and in his style, all those who came after; the second is his...

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...