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Legends

Gary Clark Jr. Portrait

Despite a hugely promising start as a guitarist at the centre of the blues world, when Gary Clark Jr was 26 years old there was a moment when he wondered whether it was all worth it.   “In 2010 I was thinking about doing something else,” he says, “bills weren’t being paid, my electricity got cut off and I’m sitting there...

Steve Hackett

Londoner Steve Hackett (born February 12, 1950) is best known as the lead guitarist for the legendary English progressive rockers Genesis, along with Phil Collins/drums, Peter Gabriel/lead vocals, Mike Rutherford/bass, and Tony Banks/keyboards. Today we will look at his formidable career as guitarist, songwriter, singer and composer that has...

Phil Manzanera

Phil Manzanera’s guitar served to define the sound of art/rock during his time with Roxy Music, his original sound and innovative solos that gave more angularity and musicality to a band ahead of its time that mixed art, fashion, and cinema with avant-garde music and rock & roll from the 50s. His curiosity also led him to innovative projects...

Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins found fame writing Blue Suede Shoes and taking it to the very top of the charts; played alongside Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and the Beatles; and was named as one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time, but his roots were as humble as can be imagined, and he carried them with him...

Howlin' Wolf

They say that sometimes life imitates art, so in the case of Howlin' Wolf we could say that his life was a long blues with a lot of art and, incredibly, a happy ending. After all the possible stops: the 'Dickensian' childhood, the plantation, the alcohol, the women and, of course, the music, came recognition. The music that howled in the...

Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills is, in the words of his friend and companion Neil Young, "a musical genius". And I’m not going to disagree with the Canadian. It would be difficult to do so with someone who has traded solos with Young, Hendrix and Clapton, has a vocal register as high as Graham Nash, harmonizes with David Crosby and writes songs like For What It's...

Andy Summers

Andrew James Summers was born on the last day of 1942, the same year Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix were also born. But Summers wouldn’t become famous with his contemporary mates, he would do that 15 years after ‘Beatlemania’, at the breaking dawn of punk. However, before getting there, his strange road to success went through the same as...

Paco de Lucía

All descriptions fall short when talking about Francisco Sánchez, Lucía's son; the source and flow of the best flamenco of the last century. His name will be engraved in stone next to that of other teachers and renovators of the six strings. Names like those of Andrés Segovia in classical music, Django Reinhardt in jazz or Jimi Hendrix in...

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

Physically, one of the first things you notice about this guy is his long and luxurious  moustache, which he seems to have worn for an eternity.   His distinctive walrus whiskers, long hippy hair style and the fact that he was a key part of a band called the Doobie Brothers (a ‘doobie’ being slang for a joint), says,...

Gary Rossington

Gary Rossington's life has always been surrounded by a strange scent, the unique stench of death. From the time that his father died when he was a child, his life has been shaken by cruel visits from the lady of the scythe. In 1971 his mother died, the person he was closest to and in honor of which he named his Les Paul Standard of 59,...

John Mayall

As one of the few elderly headmasters of the school of British blues/rock, John Mayall was perhaps as adept at personnel changes, and providing context for the Chicago blues, as he was as a showman in his own right. His Bluesbreakers throughout the 60s became something of a ‘honing station’ for many budding blues guitarists before setting out...

Eddie Kramer

At Guitars Exchange, as should happen in all the media where people speak, even just in passing, of electric guitars, Christmas Eve is not celebrated on December 24 but on November 27 - and this is not precisely about when Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday falls - because on November 27 we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jimi...

Fred "Sonic" Smith

Fred 'Sonic' Smith was the high priest of the High Octane Rock Church of Detroit. Along with MC5 and Sonic's Rendezvous Band, he was ahead of the punk and distortion storms of alternative rock. His exchange of furious electricity discharge with Wayne Kramer were the punk equivalent to those of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. He never...

Hank Marvin

The tall svelte man with the mop of brown hair and large Buddy Holly - like glasses steps forward clutching his legendary fiesta red Stratocaster and waggles the wammy bar to kick off the opening bars of one of the best known instrumentals in history. The simplicity, clarity, feel, tone and phrasing of those famous opening notes are close to...

Leslie West

Leslie West is an exceptional guitarist, perhaps his music is not as well remembered as other artists of the time but his influence over several generations of guitarists is tremendous. He took over from Cream and hardened their music towards heavy. Everything about West is big, from his evident weight problems to his incredible tone, one of the...

John Mayer

Today we take a look at the career of one John Clayton Mayer, the American singer/songwriter, guitarist and record producer, born October 16, 1977, in Bridgeport Connecticut to two teachers, Richard and Margaret Mayer, the middle brother between older Carl and younger Ben. He got interested in the guitar after watching Michael J. Fox’s memorable...

Eddie Cochran

The world is determined to forget the greatness of Eddie Cochran. Almost reduced to a small footnote among the pioneers of rock, people forget that Cochran was more than just Summertime Blues. He wrote his own songs, produced them, was one of the first to experiment with multitrack and overdubs, played several instruments and was an...

Marc Bolan

The best rock and roll has always been built on spectacular riffs and addictive hooks, from "Go, Johnny, Go" to "No Future, no future, no future for you" through to "Talking about My Generation" or "Get It On, Bang A Gong, Get It On. " Marc Bolan knew all about it; maybe his technique as a guitarist left a lot to be desired but his Les Paul...

Lita Ford

When Guitars Exchange began to raise the profile of female guitarists on its pages, Lita Ford was one of the first to respond, well before the #MeToo movement exploded as a global force for change.       That should be no surprise to anyone who has seen her blaze a trail from the tender age of 16, when she joined The...