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In The Style of Brian May

Rarely will we have the opportunity in this section to talk about such a special relationship between a guitar and the man who plays it. Mainly because in this particular case the man who plays it is the same man who designed and built it at the tender age of 17. That's what a young musician named Brian May and his father did in the free...

The 10 best Doors’ songs

Taking advantage of the 48th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison, at Guitars Exchange we wish to recall our favorite songs of The Doors, a band that took a giant step in transforming rock into something serious and with artistic substance, a form of expression with its own rules.   Light My Fire   The Doors started...

The punk rock aces

Punk was a return to the origins of rock & roll, taking away all the pretentiousness and pomp that the worst elements of progressive rock had given it, (which had threatened to turn the style into something far from its own purpose), instead of serving as a soundtrack for youthful rebellion, and illustrating all the frustrations and ire...

Rockabilly solos

Rockabilly was one of the first manifestations of nascent rock & roll; in particular, of its whiter ‘country’ side. It’s not for nothing that the term 'rockabilly' comes from the contraction of rock and 'hillbilly', one of the varieties of the style. Hank Williams' Move It On Over can be seen as a clear antecedent of the style,...

Steve Vai, The solos of a genius

In the electric guitar world there are few who wouldn’t consider Steve Vai as the pre-eminent virtuoso of our times; a walking legend consumed by an internal force of creativity and skill that only few mortals enjoy. At 12 he was learning technique from one Joe Satriani, at 20 was accepted into madman/genius Frank Zappa’s band where he became a...

In The Style Of Bo Diddley

This week we have to talk about one of the most interesting figures in the history of primitive Rock and Roll and, consequently, Rock in general. He is a special and unique artist due to two marked signs of distinction in his music since his beginnings. The first of them is that rhythm of five accents that has accompanied us since he released...

Britpop's fundamental guitar players

If we had to draw a robot portrait of a ‘Britpop' guitarist it would end up looking something like a mix between a mod and a football hooligan, have a Gibson ES-335 or a 355 painted with the Union Jack around its neck, be playing some power chords taken from the notebook of some legendary British band like the Kinks, the Small Faces or the...

In The Style Of John Fogerty

If last week we were talking about Mr. Pete Townshend and made a summary of his most outstanding gear, this week it’s time to put an opponent at this level in the other corner of this boxing ring called Rock and Roll that we like so much. So ladies and gentlemen, with jeans, checkered shirt and a voice that is a sound in itself, let's give a big...

In The Style Of Pete Townshend

We focus this week on one of the key figures upon which the hegemony of the electric guitar has been forged in popular music from the early 60s to the end of the 20th century: Pete Townshend.   For the person who writes these lines he is the most important guitarist in the history of rock music if we leave solos aside or, to put it...

The Amazing Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp, King Crimson’s headliner, had a tone-deaf ear when he started playing at age 11, which has served him well, for he is famous for his cross-picking, with roots in avant-garde jazz and classical veins. He has amassed over 700 releases over 40 years, including contributions on classic progressive rock albums such as David Bowie’s...

In The Style Of Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield covers so many decades, styles and sounds that making a list of the gear he has used or that has been characteristic to his discography is a hard nut to crack for this piece… but we’ll give it our best shot. We’re going to ignore his basses, keyboards, synthesisers, and all the wind instruments that don’t fit with our...

Rock stars behind bars

On May 3, 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested as soon as he arrived at Toronto airport, in his suitcase there was found heroin and hashish. The biggest guitarist of all time was released two days later after posting bail of $ 10,000 and declaring, a few minutes before giving a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, that he did not know how the drug...

In The Style Of Dave Mason

Let’s get into his background before proceeding with today’s subject because there may be some who don’t really know who Dave Mason is...so take note.       We could simply say that he was the original guitarist for Traffic, that band from the late 60s where together with one Steve Winwood, Mason gave us...

In The Style Of Otis Rush

If last week we told you that Albert King was a lefty who played a right-handed guitar by simply turning it around to accommodate it so his right hand was used to slide down the neck which made him unique, I think it is fair to say that today’s protagonist, Otis Rush is exactly the same, making him equally exceptional.   And obviously, if...

Mick Ronson’s 10 best solos

Mick Ronson is remembered as David Bowie’s right hand man in his period of 'Glam' splendor, which is understandable if we consider that his guitar can be heard on masterpieces of the caliber of Hunky Dory or The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars; but Ronson is much more than that. He is, quite simply, one of the most...

In The Style Of Albert King

It may be that Mr. B.B. King gets world fame and deservedly so, recognised as the greatest bluesman of all time; and it may be that if you're going to buy just one blues record in your life, it’s a wise choice to get something by B.B. King. But if the blues comes calling at your door for a second time, if you feel the slightest interest in this...

In The Style Of Ritchie Blackmore's Machine Head

We have already dedicated an exhaustive article to Ritchie Blackmore on the occasion of his birthday but this guy is so great we could dedicate one each and every day of the year.     This time we’re going to focus our effort on more than talking about his guitars, but knowing what kind of things were going on in the mind of the...

Top 10 progressive guitarists

Today we celebrate some of the world’s most remarkable progressive guitar players and the gear with which they reached the peak. We’ve chosen 10 masters at their craft, listed in no special order, it’s subjective afterall. But first, let’s define ‘progressive rock’. It is “a style of rock music popular especially in the 1970s and...

In The Style Of Carl Perkins

It was not too many weeks ago, when we were talking about the electric sound of Johnny Cash, that we took a brief look at today’s protagonist, Carl Perkins, an artist who although he accompanied the man in black on many occasions, deserves his own space among our list of legends as one of the pioneers of the style that upturned the XX...