Double Platinum Member
- May 17, 2009
I've brought this up before but thought it was worth discussing again. Supposedly rock n roll was born out a rebellious streak, seeking to break away from World War II orthodoxy. A new generation, with new musical heroes! Brands like Gibson, Fender, Guild and Gretsch catered to the new music. A decade on, the children of the first group pushed the boundaries further. Yet sixty years later (and I'm as guilty as anyone) we still play (and prefer) guitars first crafted in the 1950s - Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, Aristocrats, 6120s, 6128s. That also applies to amplifiers. Vacuum tubes are obsolete outside guitar music. Nothing else created in the 1950s is the standard. Even "radical" models like the Explorer or Firebird are mainstream, copied by numerous builders. Punk, Shred, Grunge, Metal and other musical movements still played the guitars of the 1950-60s. Original guitar makers like Parker, Steinberger, or Strandberg have struggled to make any mark. It's not just older people. Young guitar heroes play the same guitars as their forebears. Is the electric guitar destined to become the gut string or banjo of the next generation or two, doomed to become as irrelevant as the concerto or the gramophone?