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Mick Taylor

"It's just that demon life has got you in its sway"   Mick Taylor played with fire and got burnt. He was part of “the greatest rock n roll band in the world” in its best period and was the best guitarist, technically, that they have had, doing solos that Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Ron Wood could only dream about; but in...

Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger is a very special guitarist. No one has sounded, either before or since, quite like him. The sounds that his fingers got out of an SG seem to be produced by another instrument that is completely distinct to that also used by Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi. However it is clear that there are few rock guitarists who...

John McLaughlin

Who was that English guitarist seated beside Paco de Lucía and this other guitarist whom I didn’t know at that time and who was playing an acoustic Ovation at  such speed that you could hardly see which notes he was playing? His fingers traveled the fretboard of the neck with dizzying speed, but the sound seemed to come quicker than his...

Bo Diddley

There are guitarists that need hundreds of notes to make you notice them, Bo Diddley can do that with just one chord. For Diddley everything is in the rhythm and the guitar becomes a percussion tool that stays etched in memory. Few can do so much with so little, he is the only guitarist with a beat linked to his name, the ‘Bo Diddley beat’, as...

Scotty Moore

Before there was a Mick and a Keith, a Robert Plant and a Jimmy Page, there was Elvis and Scotty Moore. The first fellow needs no introduction, he’s still the King, but not so many people remember a Winfield Scott Moore III, born December 27, 1931 and died June 28 2016, . Something not at all fair if we remember that Scotty was the first guitar...

Ten Years After - Cricklewood Green (1970)

Cricklewood Green was the 4th studio album by English blues rockers Ten Years After, (TYA) released in 1970, it is a record typical of the druggy, trippy sounds of the day, with rousing guitar work by lead guitarist Alvin Lee on his semi-hollow body Gibson ES-335 ‘Big Red’ or his Heritage H-535. The record is perhaps their best studio recording...

Dickey Betts

Dickey Betts is one of the best guitarists of all time. Period. Dickey Betts is not usually recognised  as one of the best guitarists of all time. Why not? Possibly because of the giant shadow cast by Duane Allman, a man with whom he invented a new way to play the guitar, where the roles of lead and rhythm guitar are forgotten, and as in jazz,...

Otis Redding - Otis Blue (1965) / The Dock Of The Bay (1968)

Otis blue (1965)   This is the album that I would recommend to anyone who asked me “what is soul?”. Otis Redding was a true giant of music who doesn’t have a single record that is below a  seven but Otis blue is a big ten or, if I’m allowed a 'spinaltapism', an eleven. It includes three of the best songs composed by...

Dimebag Darrell

On December 8, 2004 Dimebag Darrell took the stage with his recently formed band Damageplan, before getting started he followed his lifelong ritual, he addressed  his brother and drummer Vinnie Paul, and greeted him with their war cry, “Van Halen!”, all ready to begin their second last performance of the tour. It turned out to be their...

Frank Zappa

Trying to unlock the puzzle of one of the most restless minds that the world of 20th century music has given us, is an arduous task. In his barely 52 years among us Frank Zappa delivered a huge musical catalogue, with over 100 albums, dozens of collections, and various singles. His music is as unclassifiable as he is. He played dozens of...

Nick Drake

Guitarist and songwriter Nick Drake is a cult folk hero who is revered as both a guitarist and songwriter among people of all generations. Every year scores of people from all over the world gather in Warwickshire’s Tanworth-in-Arden, the town where he spent a large part of his life, to pay tribute. In 2000 a TV commerical made his track...

Albert Collins

They have called Albert Collins many things, The Master of the Telecaster, The Razor Blade, but perhaps he’s best remembered as The Iceman, after those sharp cutting solos like an ice pick that he used to get out of Telecaster. But despite all that, when Collins took the stage, the temperature rose, not only was he a brilliant guitarist, but also...

Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young has died and Guitars Exchange would like to pay tribute to him. The news has come to us while we plan the following articles, among which is a special about rhythm guitarists, in which his name was the first to come to our minds, along with Steve Cropper. Despite Malcolm ‘being in the shadow’ because he gave the spotlight to...

Kirk Hammett

In 1983 a Californian band called Metallica was preparing to record its first album in the city of New York. That band was formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, a newcomer Cliff Burton and a guitarist named Dave Mustaine who increasingly mixed his taste for drugs with a tendency to violence that made it increasingly unbearable to live with him in...

Bonnie Raitt

American blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt became a superstar after 10 albums and no commercial success until her 1989 blockbuster Grammy winning album Nick of Time. It vaulted her into the limelight and she hasn’t stopped since. She has amassed 10 Grammys, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), is listed at 50 on Rolling...

Bert Jansch

When Bert Jansch is spoken of, two points are usually highlighted: first, that one of his biggest fans, by his own admission, took his arrangement from the traditional folk song Blackwaterside and converted it into an instrumental on Led Zeppelin’s song, Black Mountain Side, and then put his own name to it: Jimmy Page. The second is that...

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is one of the most atypical ‘guitar heroes’ in history, a guy who built his legacy almost without the need to do solos, but who managed to integrate his multiple influences into one the most recognised styles in the history of music. With The Smiths, he was given a titanic task, to replicate the famous ‘Wall of Sound’ by Phil...

Steve Cropper

If soul music could only have one guitar, that would be the Telecaster of Steve Cropper, who plays on songs like Soul Man, (Sitting on) The dock of the bay, In the midnight hour, Knock on Wood and Green Onions; making our protagonist the guitarist with the most soul in history.   Steve Cropper was born on 21 October 1941 in Dora,...

Steve Miller

Some people called him the “space cowboy”, some called him the “gangster of love”, some people called him “Maurice” because he spoke of the “pompatus of love”, and the world knows him as the legendary American guitarist singer/songwriter Steve Miller. He grew up in Wisconsin with jazz-happy parents, his mother Bertha was a singer...