Is The Electric Guitar Dead?

posted by Jeff K - 

There's a new article in the Washington Post that's got everyone talking....

The headline reads "The slow, secret death of the electric guitar and why you should care"

The article suggests that guitar culture is fading, that as a society we're caring less and less about guitar music and guitar heroes. 

Stores like Guitar Center are heavily in debt, and guitar makers like Gibson annual revenues have fallen sharply. Also, in recent years acoustic guitars have outsold electrics.

It seems the challenge these days is to find a way to get the next generation excited about electric guitars. There are digital guitars, self tuning "robot" guitars, and all sorts of gadgets and gizmos to attract millenials, but that may be contributing to the problem. 

Rock music is struggling to survive in the modern digital era. Coupled with the shortage of new electric guitar heroes, and you've got a real survival issue. 

What do you think?

Read the entire article in the Washington Post

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