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GIG10 by GLB Sound

Based near Venice, Italy, GLB Sound is an artisan company that marries the arts of boutique tube design and traditional lutherie to produce a new experience in sound - the “tonewood” guitar amplifier. By exploiting the unique tonal character of different tonewoods, GLB Sound’s loudspeaker enclosures and amplifier cabinets become active...

Fabulous 1958

The electric guitar as a musical instrument is on its way to a century of existence, but it wasn’t until the 1950s when the real geniuses of design and construction made the models that have marked the history of popular music up to the present day. Yes my friends, we’re talking about the 50s from the last century, and still today a high...

Tony Iommi’s 10 best riffs

Tony Iommi is the most important guitarist in the history of ‘Heavy’, a genre that he created and defined with his monumental riffs for Black Sabbath. The Lord and Master of the Riff forged a new genre with his SG, becoming the key point of reference for all who came after him. These are our 10 favourite riffs from one of our favourite...

In The Style of Kurt Cobain

And now to grunge. We usually dedicate this section to guitars of unquantifiable value to one or another artist, and then we add some of their most prized amplifiers also - usually - of astronomic price and very difficult to find… Well, fine, this is not exactly the case of the person who concerns us today, that of Kurt Cobain, perhaps the...

The best 10 solos by Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield is one of the best guitarists in history. Although his name doesn’t resonate as much as others, his contribution is fundamental when it comes to uniting blues and rock, being one of the few white guitarists who could play alongside the original bluesmen in the juke joints of Chicago. Yet, Bloomfield never was satisfied with merely...

In The Style Of Mike Bloomfield

Like in the legend where Arthur sends one of his knights in search of Christ’s holy chalice, Mr Mike Bloomfield has also sent his friends in search of the guitar that he dreamed about, that he got, and that he many times converted into the aforementioned particular holy grail: the 1959 Gibson Les Paul...

Gary Moore: the songs, the solos, the style

Gary Moore (4 April 1952 - 6 February 2011), the Irish rocker/bluesman had a career that spanned over 4 decades, playing with such heavies as Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, and Colosseum II, and collaborating with greats such as B.B. King, Albert King, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins, George Harrison and Greg Lake, to name but a few. Ironically he...

In The Style Of Dave Davies

This week it is time to focus on the gear of Dave Davies, the guitar soloist of one the greatest bands in history and one of the favourites of the person who writes these lines: The Kinks.    It is true that it is a band that drinks and projects pop from all sides but it is also indisputable that it was them, and specifically...

Jazz: the best guitarists

Jazz has often been described as America's ‘classical’ music, having originated in New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it grew out of blues and ragtime roots, became a major form of musical expression, characterised by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythm and improvisation. Our interest here is normally...

In The Style Of Steve Marriott

When speaking about Steve Marriott and his guitars it is necessary to distinguish between Steve Marriott the spiritual leader of the British mod movement of the mid and late 60s together with the ‘gigantic band of small men’ that he led, The Small Faces, and the Steve Marriott with bell bottoms, open shirt and long sideburns...

The Fathers of the Blues

Lead Belly (20 January, 1888 - 6 December,1949) The gigantic shadow that Lead Belly, born Huddie William Ledbetter January 20, 1888, left on 20th century music is as big as his own legend. From Tom Waits to Jack White, from Pete Seeger to John Fogerty, from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain (who, just before committing suicide, declared he was his...

In The Style Of Allen Collins

If we were superstitious we would be frightened to pronounce the name Allen Collins aloud as tragedy seems to haunt the biography of this artist, but in fact we are not supersitious and we say it aloud: Allen Collins is a real animal of the electric guitar and one of the pillars on which Southern rock is built; first for his compositions...

Rockabilly Guitarists

Since January 19 is the 20th anniversary of Carl Perkins’ death, we here at Guitars Exchange would like to take the opportunity to talk about our favourite rockabilly guitarists, from the original poker hand of greats from the 50s, Perkins himself, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, and James Burton; to the man who completed the four aces and a wild...

Noah Guitars

The idea for the Noah Hardshell Guitar took shape in 1993, when the architect Renato Ruatti rose to the dream of his friend, the musician Giovanni Melis, to create an innovative electric guitar. An instrument that captures the legacy of the ‘architypes’: the National Style "O" and the Fender Telecaster. Then along came Mauro Moia in 1995,...

In The Style Of Mick Taylor

At 16 years of age he made his  debut as guitarist of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers replacing one Eric Clapton, at 17 he officially joined the band filling the space left by Peter Green and at 20 he joined another British band led by one Mick Jagger and one Keith Richards called The Rolling Stones. We’re talking about one Mick Taylor,...

David Bowie and his guitarists

Now that 2 years have passed since David Bowie passed away, we at Guitars Exchange would like to pay homage to this rock god through some of the most important guitarists in his career, from fundamental Mick Ronson, to experimental Robert Fripp, and on to the blues flavour of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Mick Ronson Mick Ronson is not only the most...

In The Style Of Jimmy Page

This week we get to look at the gear of one the most revered gods in our particular Olympus, the leader and guitarist for what many consider the greatest band in rock history: Led Zeppelin; and the name of our hero is, well you know, Jimmy Page. Unlike our last week’s hero, Stephen Stills, Mr. Page and his band are not exactly unknown, so...

The best solos of Thin Lizzy

Irish hard rockers Thin Lizzy put together 12 studio albums between 1971 and 1983. Their straightforward pounding style of rock influenced a generation of rockers such as Metallica, Alice in Chains, Mastodon, and Testament. They were one of the first bands to enlist 2 lead guitars and used the harmonized guitar style as their signature expression....

In The Style Of Stephen Stills

One of the ‘big forgottens’ in the collective memory (at least in Europe) of the best and greatest guitarists in the history of rock is the protagonist of today’s article: Stephen Stills. Stills is an authentic musical genius capable of playing with the courage of Neil Young, harmonizing as well as David Crosby, and singing as...