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Nuno Bettencourt's pedalboard

We are going to focus this article on the pedals of one of the most acclaimed guitarists in the last 30 years. We’re talking about a guy idolised by the masses, but we want to emphasise especially the name he’s made for himself among his kind, which is to say, he is one of the most supported guitarists among the egos of guitar heroes in the...

The 10 best studio solos of Jimi Hendrix

Guerrita the bullfighter, with his usual lack of modesty, explained the ranking of the bullfighting world at the end of the 19th century, "I the first, and after me, nobody", he ended the sentence with a "and after nobody, Fuentes". If Jimi Hendrix resuscitated in 2018 with the arrogance of the bullfighter he could endorse the phrase among...

A brief introduction to the Gibson ES series

In 1936 Gibson launched the ES-150 model on the market, and thus the ES Gibson series was born more than ¾ of a century ago, it’s probably the reason why Gibson means what it does today, and by the way, it is likely the series that brings together the most beautiful electric guitars ever created.   Those initials, ES, stand for Electric...

Bargains and Remnants

Here you will find a selection of bargains, remnants, phase-out models and returned items from Thomann current catalogue. Each week Guitars Exchange will select a dozen products for you among those that most attract our attention; all, of course, covered by the Thomann guarantee. There will be instruments for all pockets...

Aerosmith’s 10 best riffs

Aerosmith is the American hard rock band that has sold the most albums in the world; above bands like Metallica, Bon Jovi, Guns N 'Roses, Kiss and Van Halen. Steven Tyler’s band were formed in 1971 and reached a peak in the mid-70s with records like Toys In The Attic and Rocks. Their sound is a kind of mix between the dirty swagger of the...

In The Style Of Joe Perry

Do you recall our article on guitarists who use just one guitar? Well, we didn’t mention Joe Perry there, that’s for sure, and for obvious reasons. There aren’t enough trucks on the planet to load all his guitars and amps that he takes on the road with Aerosmith. He’s definitely not good at choosing; he wants them all, and he has them...

PRS John Mayer Silver Sky

As many of you will know the relationship between John Mayer and the Fender company has not been the best in recent years. In this period we have seen the guitarist flirting with many different guitar brands to his once inseparable companion Fender Stratocaster. The main reason for these ‘dalliances’ may have to do with the guitarist's...

Vila Custom Guitars & Basses

SIX-STRINGS...       1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up (or begin) being a luthier? DIEGO VILA: Many years ago my bass guitar broke and I thought about trying to repair it. The process got me more and more into the details, studying, and finally I came across a luthier whom I still have a relationship with...

In The Style Of Freddie King

We’re back from vacation with an authentic giant, in every sense of the word, the most visceral blues ever created and which, in case you hadn’t guessed yet, it’s the only blues we like. And we like Freddie King... a lot. There are many guitarists from the 60s who took him as their unknown teacher, starting with Mr. Eric Clapton, followed by...

Best Slash solos

Between all those pointed and flashy guitars, ​​between enough lacquer to destroy the ozone layer and so much artificial pose, in the 80s Slash and Guns'N'Roses appeared to return to the best essence of classic hard rock once more. With his top hat and a tuft of hair that made it impossible to see the features of his face, Slash was a kind...

A World without Gibson is not a Better World

With everything that is going on in 2018, the big news from the electric guitar industry has been this whopper: Gibson is on the brink of bankruptcy. Others have delivered that message in an  even more apocalyptic version and have announced the end of the company, mentally flirting with their demise etc...The press generally likes the hype. We...

In The Style Of Buddy Guy

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we give you a guy who has played with Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter, among many other real blues legends and has been one of the main or the main influence for Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. Are we exaggerating? Not at all, we are talking...

In The Style Of Thurston Moore

If you have a band that is different from all the others, it is most likely that you achieve a different sound from the rest by drawing on something that is not too common. That's exactly what Thurston Moore did at the beginning of the 80s with his band Sonic Youth; we do not know if he did it on purpose or because he could not get hold of...

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...