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Old 07-07-2017, 08:01 AM
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Default Article about the death of the electric guitar

Hey Mods, if this has been posted somewhere else on the forum, feel free to delete this thread.

This is a really well-written article. I found it really objective without a "get off my lawn" type of vibe.

Enjoy it if you've not read it yet:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...=.83c7e5ca1ce3
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:50 PM
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this was my post after the initial WP article had been around and around and....

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=474817

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Old 01-06-2018, 12:15 AM
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Default Death of the 6 string electric guitar

Interesting article in the Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...=.511b27e2302f

Sadly, this article isn’t opinion- the bottom has been falling out of the 6 string electric guitar market. Comments?
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Old 01-06-2018, 03:26 AM
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I think this is a repost from earlier this year. Still an interesting read.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:15 AM
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As -muscmp- pointed out discussed previously in the Electric forum in June

Nothing has really changed the headline is prototypical "click bait". Take some stats that show a decline in sales and predictable adjustments , and predict doomsday demise. As prototypical the body of the article clearly does not support the headline

Apparently evn Gruhn himself the Nashville Dealer quoted in the W.Post. said he was surprised by the article.

After the article was published, Gruhn told a Nashville TV station that he was surprised by the Post’s take. New and used guitars are both available in abundance, which wasn't the case a couple of decades ago, he said.
“I would say that the guitar market is under stress from oversaturation. But by no means is the market for the guitar simply dying,” he said.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:23 AM
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Music is cyclical. I recall the horror expressed by many guitar players during the disco era... Complaints that studio guys couldn’t get work and all that.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:35 AM
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Kind of whatever.... For one grandmother it was the mandolin. For my dad's generation it was being in a big band and he did gig with his clarinet and saxophone when I was young. What did I do in the 1970s when my grandmother's mandolin was available and I had my trumpet? I sold the trumpet for a guitar.

My only mistake was believing the hype and buying the Ovation instead of the D-18 and D-28 I looked at the same time.

Some of the growth was from hype and speculation. Guitars as props for fashion, and let's not forget that brief time BestBuy stores became music stores.

There's still a jazz band in my kids' school. Some still play guitar.

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Old 01-06-2018, 07:54 PM
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Music is cyclical. I recall the horror expressed by many guitar players during the disco era... Complaints that studio guys couldn’t get work and all that.
I believe when "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League came out in '81 and became a Billboard #1 in UK (first one I believe featuring absolutely no "real" guitar or bass), there was an uproar by the studio musicians, being the entire song was recorded with only synths.
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Everybody knows the banjo is the instrument of the future.
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I am more concerned about the impact falling popularity of electric guitars will have on the Spandex market.

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Who wants my Gibsons, Les Paul and ES-335?
I'm throwing them away because of what I read in a newspaper.

Darn it.
Yesterday they sounded so good and I really enjoyed playing them.

What was I thinking?

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Old 01-07-2018, 02:58 PM
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Everybody knows the banjo is the instrument of the future.
I thought it was the accordion!

Should I switch?
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:00 PM
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i'm going with the tuba--big and bold!

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Old 01-07-2018, 03:03 PM
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Who wants my Gibsons, Les Paul and ES-335?
I'm throwing them away because of what I read in a newspaper.

Darn it.
Yesterday they sounded so good and I really enjoyed playing them.

What was I thinking?
Never fear I will volunteer to rise ocasion and take those failed instruments off your hands, and not even charge a disposal fee .... no need to clutter the landfill P. S. I can haul amps away also
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:08 PM
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Never fear I will volunteer to rise ocasion and take those failed instruments off your hands, and not even charge a disposal fee .... no need to clutter the landfill P. S. I can haul amps away also
Oh, KevWind, you are so kind.
Sorry, but the only amps I have is a 2016 Fender Reverb RI 65 black face, and a Tone King Imperial Mk II.

You're so kind to the environment, how can I ever thank you?
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