Poll: Is the guitar era of rock music dead?
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View poll results: Is the guitar era of rock music dead?
Yes, the guitar has been good to us but it's time to move on.
25 8%
No, the electric guitar is still as fresh and exciting as it always was.
294 92%
Voters: 319.
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#1
It's been around for a long time, and many music critics feel like the electric guitar has had it's moment in the spotlight. Is it fading away, taking guitar based rock music with it like the saxophone and the jazz era? Or is there still some great, original music to be squeezed out of it?

Personally I feel that whilst the guitar has given us some great music over the last few decades, musicians are having to rely more and more on studio trickery and effect pedals other then distortion to deliver truly original sounds from the six stringed instrument. Perhaps it's time for bands to try other instruments before falling back on the power horse of the mainstream music scene? Does originality matter? Is there any ground left to tread with the electric guitar?
#2
I feel there is still a lot left to try with the guitar to be honest. Every day people are coming up with new inventive sounds and ways to play.
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#3
I think that it will always have a place in underground metal and such but mainstream rock and roll and pop its already fading away as a lead instrument.
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#4
It will always have a place in Rock, Metal etc. But for pop music it's going to have less of a presence.
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#7
It's not as novel or exciting as it once was, but it's still an incredible sounding instrument. It's not any more dead than the piano or a string section.
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#8
I don't think it's going to die because it's a very mobile and convinent instrument.
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#9
Studio trickery and effect pedals are just more tools to use with the guitar, not a replacement.

The pedals mostly you have to learn how to use just as you would with the guitar. Anybody could put them to use but only a genious would make a song/sound with them that makes you think "wow, guitar is Friggin' sweet"
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#10
Oh hell no!!!! =)) The guitar is a very vesatile instrument. I feel that we are just starting to discover it's potential. Check out the line 6 variax or midi guitars. They can give birth to quite unique sounds
#12
I think that this is the wrong place to get a unbiased opinion on this.
And its not fading away Except in pop music,
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#14
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I don't think that a good example of the guitar NOT fading away when he mostly does things already done....like...25+ years ago...
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#15
Quote by PotBellyShogun
It's been around for a long time, and many music critics feel like the electric guitar has had it's moment in the spotlight. Is it fading away, taking guitar based rock music with it like the saxophone and the jazz era? Or is there still some great, original music to be squeezed out of it?

Personally I feel that whilst the guitar has given us some great music over the last few decades, musicians are having to rely more and more on studio trickery and effect pedals other then distortion to deliver truly original sounds from the six stringed instrument. Perhaps it's time for bands to try other instruments before falling back on the power horse of the mainstream music scene? Does originality matter? Is there any ground left to tread with the electric guitar?



You know distortion is an effect itself, right?
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#16
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I don't think that a good example of the guitar NOT fading away when he mostly does things already done....like...25+ years ago...

lolwut

the sounds muse make sound like they should be made 15 years from now.
#17
I think that most instruments (excluding piano, the exception to the rule) have a life span of around 100 years in the limelight. Electric guitar based music was a massive hit in the 70's and 80's, and throughout the early 90's, but it's seemed over the past few years to be bowing out. With the exception of a couple of notable bands music seems to be either moving into the digital/electronic realms more, and the few guitar-based bands that are popular either draw on the sound of music from previous eras (i.e. indie) or as someone mentioned manipulating the sound of the guitar to create something fresh, which is where bands like Muse come in.

I'd give the electric guitar another 10-15 years.
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#18
Walk into a music shop. Observe the size of the guitar section. Compare it to the size of all the other sections. Ask yourself the same question.
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#19
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Walk into a music shop. Observe the size of the guitar section. Compare it to the size of all the other sections. Ask yourself the same question.


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#21
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lolwut

the sounds muse make sound like they should be made 15 years from now.


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Muse are overrated.
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#23
Judging by this forum, no.
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#24
Yeah but this forum doesn't really about anything other then guitar music.

Not that that's a bad thing.
#25
Look of course the guitar isn't dead and I can't see a time when it will. It is relevant in most music and most bands always have at least one guitarist when performing live.
#26
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Look of course the guitar isn't dead and I can't see a time when it will. It is relevant in most music and most bands always have at least one guitarist when performing live.


I hope you have that quote in your signature sarcastically.
#27
Quote by NakedInTheRain
lolwut

the sounds muse make sound like they should be made 15 years from now.



Not really. It's a shame I can't remember the name of the band or the name of the guitarist but he was doing everything Matt.B was doing in KoC.

But still, say I am lying and this guy I am thinking of from the past does not exist, he still isn't doing anything that sounds like they should be only relevant 15 years in the future. Many guitarists are doing much more breakthrough things.
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#28
It'll take a long while before the guitar reaches harpsichord levels of dead.

inb4 some video of an asian kid playing amazingly well on a harpsichord even though that doesn't actually contradict my point.
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#29
Quote by NakedInTheRain
lolwut

the sounds muse make sound like they should be made 15 years from now.

I see nothing in that video that is new. I see volume swells, stuff that sounds inspired by surf rock, and stuff that sounds inspired by The Smashing Pumpkins. Octave fuzz is nothing new.
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#30
Quote by PotBellyShogun
Is it fading away, taking guitar based rock music with it like the saxophone and the jazz era?

What the fuck are you saying about the saxophone, son?

Just because something isn't always in the spotlight or the mainstream doesn't mean it's "dead."

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#31
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I hope you have that quote in your signature sarcastically.

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#33
Guitar is dead... LOL.

The thousands on this forum are proof that the guitar is very much ALIVE!!!

The passion remains dude.
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#34
Yeah but the majority of people who use this site are metalheads.

I'm talking about the pop/mainstream scene.
#35
Quote by PotBellyShogun
Yeah but the majority of people who use this site are metalheads.

I'm talking about the pop/mainstream scene.

Watch most pop stars live, you'll probably see a guitarist. ****ing Guthrie Govan plays with Dizzee Rascal.
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#36
I think bass will become more important than it has been (not trolling or looking for flames) but the guitar is here to stay!
#37
We still play piano and violin after all those years, and contrary to popular belief, modern composers are coming up with good stuff. Why not guitar?
#38
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Excellente. What kind oif electronic music you dig?

Drum n bass, house, dubstep etc.....

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#39
A lot of *sigh* EYE DEE EM, acid techno/house, ambient.

PsyTrance or Acid trance when I'm feeling particularly hedonistic.
#40
Quote by PotBellyShogun
A lot of *sigh* EYE DEE EM, acid techno/house, ambient.

PsyTrance or Acid trance when I'm feeling particularly hedonistic.

Acid house is very good indeed And ambient as well, though usually whenever I see the word trance I run a mile.
Last edited by Duffman123 at May 23, 2011,
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