That’s it, I’ve had enough.
The guitar as an instrument, and it’s usage in the Rock and Metal genres, has come a long way over the past half century. And every decade since the 50′s has had it’s fair share of larger-than-life icons for the world to worship. The word is not ‘appreciate’, its worship, idolize. The half-smashed half-naked half-wits at Woodstock ’69 didn’t just enjoy Jimi Hendrix, they went abso-*insert swear word of choice*-lutely fanatic! Same goes for Santana and Kirk Hammet. But it doesn’t stop there, this overwhelming fanaticism passed on from one generation to the next, to the next. One person said ‘Jimi is God’, the next repeats, and the next, until everyone feels obliged to say he’s the greatest even though they have NO idea about what’s happened in the world of Rock since 1960! If you do a quick search on the greatest guitarists you’ll get a list of folks who were famous mostly between 1960-1990. What happened after that? Did no guitarist do anything great in the past 20 years? Or did these guitarists just lose credibility to the so-called legends?
I’m personally sick of it. Sick of these age-old names coming up in the context of Modern Guitar. Sick of seeing these dead and gone guitarists steal thunder from their obviously superior contemporaries. I will not stand another Jimi, or Slash or Santana or Kirk or Dave or Page comment. They maybe the most influential guitarists in history, but that’s only because the guitarists of today are only still in the process of creating their legacy.
I understand most of you won’t agree, I don’t wish for you to agree, but I do expect you to recognize; rock music, and in turn the guitar, has evolved.
I’ve compiled this video from clips I found across the internet of the most notorious axe-wielders who forged their careers AFTER 1990! Ladies and gentlemen, these are a few of the faces that to me, really define Modern Guitar.
PS: Don’t give me any of that ‘there’s no soul/feel nonsense, it’s relative, I can defend Prog-Metal till my ears fall off.
PS2: If you’re wondering how I Photoshop’d that image of the Guitar Boat, I didn’t, it’s real. Read about it here!