“The Slow Death of the Electric Guitar”. Is it?

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Hey everybody,

An interesting and thought provoking piece I wanted to share with y’all today. It’s been causing a big turmoil in the guitar world in the past two weeks.

A new article by the Washington Post is basically talking about the “Slow Death of the Electric Guitar” (click to read it). To sum it up:

  • There’s barely (or none) guitar heroes in the Top 40 anymore. (on the contrary – just imagine how the top 40’s looked like in the 60’s and the 70’s. Yeah, almost nothing but guitar gods / guitar singer-songwriters.
  • Most of the popular music does not even contain a guitar, again, unlike before.
  • Yearly sales of the electric guitar have plummeted from over 1.5 million in the US to just about a million. (although I think that’s highly inaccurate since it does not include the 2nd hand market which just keeps growing, since guitars don’t go to trash like cars, and also there are tons and tons of new, smaller and boutique factories around now which might not be counted)
  • Gibson, Fender, Guitar Center and many other symbols are in billions (!) of debt.

Sound pretty dramatic eh? Anyway, I highly recommend to read the article yourself before cementing an opinion. It is a highly interesting piece for anyone who’s into guitars.

So let me know what do you think in the comments, I’m curious.

My own opinion is summed pretty well by this guy below – Tyler Larson from the Music Is Win channel on YouTube – a channel I highly appreciate.

The Death of Guitar (Washington Post article reaction)

Have a great week and looking forward to read your thoughts in the comments.

-Alon

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2 comments for ““The Slow Death of the Electric Guitar”. Is it?

  1. Harry
    July 28, 2017 at 4:20 AM

    Just an alarming post to grab attention, not with much substance in my opinion. Tyler summarized it clearly.

    Guitars will never die, and guitars will always be the leaders of “real music”. The fact that most pop music (that is not even made with real instruments but mostly just with computers) does not include guitars is just sad but not much more than that.

    • Alon Cooper
      July 28, 2017 at 5:39 AM

      I agree, however it’s still sad that the strongest point is that the top 40 barely have any people who actually play a guitar and most people listen to computerized music. Well…

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