Staff memberGuitar Player
I was going to post a similar response but figured I'd see where this discussion would go. I don't think something else is taking it's place, I've been in many of stores recently and the amount of people buying seems good. What I do see is a sea of options, a flooded market more or less. More entry level offerings than you can even imagine. Not sure how the product stock works at any of the GC's, whether it is all on wholesale basis or more of they sell then pay for the stuff.OK, so that's a ridiculous statement
Very much so and that's why the big box shifters will be the first to go leaving only the small independents who will still have the professional musician market left to sell to.One of the larger issues I see (and have heard commented on by some friends kids) is that there is not really any current music that they listen to that involves guitars to any extent. It's more percussion/keyboard/special effects.
So they don't really have anyone to emulate like we (old fogeys) did growing up.