Guitar Players Then & Now

John Sykes BlackEarly in the last century, guitar music emerged as the new sound when the first electric guitar became the solution to more volume for bigger crowds.

The blues, jazz, country and eventually rock’n roll gained popularity when radio stations made local musicians famous and guitar bands household names with their innovative beats and catchy sounds.

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One of my all time favorite things to do was to control the record player and act as DJ when throwing a party.

That was when long play vinyl records were the standard. We had to place each LP on a turntable and drop the needle on the song we wanted to hear.

Sure it took some effort to focus on it with a drink in hand and smoke in the air, but I wanted my guests to hear my favorite songs.

I would play one or two off of each album and keep a bunch of records lined up in front of the stereo. Those days are gone, but I can give you the next best thing… our list of favorite guitarists on video, sent to your email inbox. Join now –>

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Back in The Day

Attitudes on social issues were changing in the free world and guitar music played a small hand in that change by influencing the younger generation. The music was new and exciting and was a form of rebellion. Music can tie a person to a time and place depending on circumstances the first time you hear a new song. It leaves an emotional imprint of sorts.

Our love affair with cars in the 50’s and beyond was tied to music because we loved to cruise with the radio on and that made those moments memorable. Society was changing back then and we were a part of that change.

Guitar Music Lives On

We enjoy the now, anticipate the future and respect guitar musicians of the past. We share our passion for guitars with you by revealing rare insights and secrets of famous guitarists here on our site.

If you feel the same way, there’s a growing body of work here about the history of guitars and what’s happening in the industry today.

Check out our “Legends Tab” in the menu above for insights and historical facts about some of the greatest guitar players of all time. Read through some of our personal memories of hearing a new song on the radio for the first time or grooving to some rad tunes at a house party.

Some of the most amazing musicians of all time came to life on the radio once the electric guitar became popular, and they had the power to blaze a trail in our minds, leaving permanent memory bytes to experience like a flashback when you hear “that song” years later.

Come back often as we continue to write about guitar legends from the past.


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