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In The Style Of 'Fast' Eddie Clarke

There are two bands that principally marked the career of 'Fast' Eddie Clarke - Motörhead and Fastway - and there are two guitars that are also key in both bands’ discography.    The first, and perhaps the most important guitar in his life, is the 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe that he bought new in that same year for just...

Fender buys Bigsby

The red hot news in the electric guitar industry this week has been led by the American giant Fender and one of the most recognized and recognizable component brands in the world, the - also American - Bigsby.    The first question that came to mind at Guitars Exchange was: but didn’t Fender already own this brand (that is...

Ozzy Osbourne’s Iconic Axemen

Ozzy Osbourne had incredible persuasive talents and the good fortune to attract some very fine guitar players to join his lineup in his solo career after Black Sabbath. Here we will put together a list of some of the shredders he employed and had an impact on his work. (in no particular order) Randy Rhoads Rhoads was a giant force in...

The guitars in Elvis Presley’s music

As we enter the world of who without any doubt is the best singer in the history of modern music (Author's note: I am looking forward to reading your comments on this statement), it is necessary to talk about three people who have to be mentioned from 1954, when Elvis joins Sun Studio in Memphis for the first time, until his death in...

Top 10 bass players in history

Ladies and gentlemen, we here at Guitars Exchange are going into a predicament which is likely difficult to sort. Why? Because we have decided to launch on the web our list of top 10 bass players in history. This list, like all lists, relates to a very special time frame, which correspond to the present, the time when this piece is written; it’s...

KD Guitars & Basses

SIX STRINGS...   1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or starting out as, a luthier?   KOSTADIN DIMITROV: Since I was a kid I loved to do things with my hands. I remember the wooden spoon I crafted long before I started learning how to ride a bicycle, the dog house I built with my uncle... It seems somehow I...

That's a guitar collection!

At Guitars Exchange we have been lucky to have been invited to the home that has one of the largest private guitar collections in Spain, and also have been able to take advantage of the kindness of the owner of this treasure, as he has allowed us to play with (rather than test) some of them.   The ambience was one of old...

In The Style Of Alvin Lee

1969. Woodstock. A guy named Alvin Lee climbs up on stage with his band Ten Years After and a Gibson ES-335 modified with a single coil pickup between his two PAFs on the stage of the most iconic concert in the history of humanity to give 400,000 people a Rock and Roll lesson in passion and devilish technique. A year later, in 1970, the film...

Keith Richards’ 10 Best Riffs

Keith Richards is the heart of the Rolling Stones and, besides being the architect of their sound, defined by some of the best riffs in history. If in other bands one follows the drummer - in the Stones, according to Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, one follows the guitar of Keith Richards. ‘Keef’ has always placed a well...

Christmas Special

Christmas is now being smelled, felt and even celebrated around us, so at Guitars Exchange we have made a list of juicy gifts for you to give to someone else, or to keep for yourself, because we know that this year you have all behaved marvellously well; at least those of you who are part of our family of more than 61,000 crazy devotees of the...

In The Style of Frank Zappa

This week we delve into one of the most brilliant creative minds the 20th century has ever seen; a guy so above the average he had to take everything around him with a little humour to be able to cope. It may even be that he was so great that he ended up being excessive, but both things can coexist, in fact they did in good old Frank Zappa. Go ask...

George Harrison’s best solos with the Beatles

George Harrison was always known as the shy, or the quiet, Beatle; but he never was when it came to the guitar. As a child he had a real obsession with the instrument and used to happily draw Gretschs in his notebook while the teacher gave the lesson. When he was 14 years old Paul McCartney introduced him to John Lennon, who was three years...

Special 50th anniversary of the White Album

The Beatles had been on top of the world since 1963, having been at the head of all the pop music revolutions in recent years. Sgt. Pepper’s had been the coup de grace. The whole world admired them and paid homage to them but one fact was going to change their destiny forever. While visiting Wales to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi they got word that...

In The Style of Joe Walsh

If a couple of weeks ago we entered into the acoustic sound of the Eagles to talk about Glenn Frey’s guitars this week we have to talk about the electric sound of that band and celebrate with these lines the birthday of the guy who gave them the ‘rocker punch’ that the Angelenos needed to finally take over the charts. The one in charge...

Outstanding Canadian Rock Bands

The Canadian rock music scene has been thriving over the last few decades but gets scant recognition due to all that noise south of the border, and from across the Atlantic with our British cousins. Today we will lift the hood and see what the Great White North has to offer rockwise and bandwise, to match already internationally famous solo acts...

70s Vs. 80s

The differences in sound that we can find and highlight in this article are endless, since the 70s and 80s, even if they are consecutive, in our wonderful world of the electric guitar they seem decades opposed to each other. If the passage from the 60s to the 70s had been mainly characterised by the technological development in the sound studio,...

Walter Trout - Live In Madrid

Beginnings, tremors, ecstasies, crazy solos without end, portents of tragedy, respect between voice and instruments, shouts, and even the structure of what is sung. When arthritis should be playing its role, the one who plays is Walter Trout.   On Wednesday, November 7, in the Mon room in Madrid, an old dude from New Jersey...

The 10 Greatest Female Guitarists

Which do you think it is easier for a music reviewer to do: try and independently choose the top 10 female guitarists in history or… throw themselves straight into a shark-infested pool?   Really, it is not so easy to decide between these two options, so this reviewer has decided to throw caution to the wind and use female...

In The Style Of Glenn Frey

The musical career of Glenn Frey was marked from the beginning by his objective to form a band similar to his idols Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but the Eagles, who were the result of that obsession, didn’t end up sounding much like their heros, nonetheless what they did was to create one of the most successful American bands in history, and...