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The 10 best solos of Neil Young

Neil Young is one of the greatest iconoclasts of the rock guitar, someone who has achieved his own sound that is far removed from conventionalism and traditional technique. If we focus only on technique we would have to say that he is a very limited guitarist but, thank God, music is much more than technique, and Young covers any deficiencies...

In The Style Of Neil Young

Few guitarists in history have based their sound so much on viscerality as Neil Young. It is clear that he is not the most technically skilled player that we have heard in our lives, nor anything like it, but he is probably very high on the list of those who achieve most intensity and of those who project most emotional power on each of his...

The 10 best Southern Rock bands

Rock and roll was born of mixed-race in the American South at the start of the 50s, and its main architects were southerners who mixed local sauce with blues, country or rhythm & blues, so that when at the start of the 70s people began to speak of Southern Rock, one of its main protaganists, Gregg Allman, said that to speak of it was...

In The Style Of Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead is probably the latest great band in the big bold letters of rock history. We’re not referring to sales figures nor the thousands of fans that their tours draw, but that we back our assertion of the incredible influence they wielded in the music world after giving birth to the ‘98 album called OK Computer. With this record they seem...

The Axe Factory

The Guitars Exchange adventure started almost 3 years ago. A project borne out of the passion for guitars and with the vocation to keep the love alive for an object created to give us joy. From the moment we participated as spectators at the Holy Grail Guitar Show, not yet having launched our webpage, and getting in touch with many master luthiers,...

Impossible Collaborations

Water and oil, cat and mouse, or Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pffeifer in 'Ladyhawke'...there are certain things that are either made to go together, or not; but human beings, demonstrating their infinite capacity to go that one bit further, end up putting them together to see what results come up - even though the outcome is usually quite...

In The Style Of Peter Green

Peter Green is the best guitarist of all time. Yes, I know what you’re thinking and yes, I’m exaggerating so I’ll change the sentence to this: Peter Green is my favourite guitarist of all time, so allow me to get a bit sentimental. Hendrix changed my life but this guy has been feeding me daily for a long time now. The most...

The 10 best solos in the career of Lou Reed

Lou Reed died four years ago, on 27 October 2013, but we can never forget one of the most important careers in the history of rock. As a small tribute, Guitars Exchange would like to revive some of the best guitar moments from his vast work. To that end, we have self-imposed a small rule, which is that we can only choose one solo per...

Padalka Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier?  I always valued exclusive hi-quality products. Including luxury hi-fi components and of course guitars. But it so happened that I was more interested in technical aspects. And when I needed to update my electric guitar I started looking at custom...

The 10 most legendary pedals in history and their reissue

Throughout the history of rock music and the electric guitar specifically, there have been certain sounds so incredibly ground breaking that any self respecting guitarist who has been hypnotized by them, knows the spell is not broken until he has managed to have that sound in his own pedalboard. We have tried to gather here ten of those pedals that...

The 10 bands with the best guitarists in history

Guitars Exchange would like to make a brief review of bands that have had the most and best guitarists. For that purpose we have made a few small rules, with bands that had a minimum of three guitarists, who were permanent members, and who were not only guests or session musicians.     10. Steely Dan   We...

In The Style Of Soul

It is rare that a musical style is so perfectly defined by a name as has happened with soul music; as it emanates from the soul of its creators and is composed to arrive at ours. If it is true to say that it is the voice that reigns in soul, above all else, we would not be lying if we said that the electric guitar also played a key role...

James Colling Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier?   James Collins: After 15 years of working in the music business whilst regularly gigging, writing and recording music I came to a fork in the road and chose to up sticks and head to America to learn Lutherie at the...

Chuck Berry and his disciples

Chuck Berry was a pioneer of rock and roll that left a heavy fingerprint on everything he touched. He developed R&B into the elements that make rock rock, with lyrics aimed at the youth of the 50s, describing teen dances, high school life, fast cars and a consumer culture. Leonard Cohen once quipped, “All of us are footnotes to the words of...

In The Style Of Chuck Berry

In 1977 NASA launched a special spacecraft into space containing a selection of music, chosen by experts, that was representative of music created throughout history on planet Earth. Among the compilation were pieces by Bach, Beethoven, and Chuck Berry, and many more. The legendary American comedy show Saturday Night Live performed a skit on what...

5 Indispensable Classics

Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 An authentic classic of the overdrives, used by an endless number of guitarists for decades. The perfect travel companion to “piss off” that clean sound of your amp. Specifically the one in the video has been modified as you can see a TS9, but with the legendary JRC 4558 chip used in the original TS-808, and also with...

Jeffrey Yong Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier? JEFFREY YONG: I began as a guitar instructor in 1976 and started to build my own guitars from 1985. I became full time in 1993.   2. G.E.: What inspires you to design and manufacture a new guitar? J.Y.: Everyone was...

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin died from a drug overdose 47 years ago this week, at 27, joining a long list of musicians who also died of some ‘misadventure’ at the same age, forming the infamous  27 Club, including people like Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain. Joplin was an often misunderstood artist, a troubled...

The marvellous and mad world of acoustic guitars

This week we are going to focus on the marvellous and mad world of acoustic guitars. Marvellous because without doubt it is fascinating to see so clearly (without electronics in the way) how the woods, components and the way the guitars are manufactured give a particular character to the chords and notes that we play on them; and mad because...