Biggest innovation in guitars in the last decade?

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  1. edwarddavis

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    Incredible hype over pedals
    That are not all that great
    Great cheap pedals
    Great cheap guitars
     
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    Maybe you could put the ashtray on, and be the only Strat player since Buddy Holly to use it. It's probably still in the case pocket.
     
  3. Arewenotmen?

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    Brian May put stainless steel frets on the Red Special guitar that he built, circa 1970 (I don't remember the exact date, late 60s maybe). Supposedly the guitar still has the original frets. At any rate, they've been around for at least that long.
     
  4. Mikhael

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    The Graphtech LB-63 Ghost bridge? A Floyd Rose with piezos; but then again, I remember Ibanez doing something like that for a while. Maybe the Variax guitars. But yeah, improvements in playable cheap guitars is a biggie. Chinese $20 pedals that sound decent? Better power supplies for pedalboards?
     
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    Clip-on Tuners?
     
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    The Kemper since it's an evolution/revolution of the digital "modeling" concept. Ergonomic guitars like the Strandberg becoming mainstream including fanned frets. Plug and play electronics for volume, tone, pickup selector and pickups. Computer/online-based lessons and musical tools like Guitar Pro and computer-based mixing/recording software like Protools or Garage Band.
     
  7. Paul Rathjen

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    Guitar technology hasn't changed really in 50 years has it? I mean they have tried with robot tuners, and circuit board electronics but to say "the biggest innovation " to me implies an improvement, and nothing has improved guitar technology really, which is why everyone still has a wet dream for something vintage.

    There have certainly been innovations in the manufacturing process, and the amount of perfection, quality and assembly of different woods, laminates etc, can be made faster and probably better in terms of durability than older building methods in some cases. Is CNC perfection and perfectly laminated neck through guitars better? That's probably subjective.

    If I had to answer the question I would probably put the biggest innovation within the real of computers, amp modeling, digital effects etc, which have changed how people use guitars to make music. Still slightly subjective to compare modern guitar music to the classics...obviously...but certainly the recording, processing, and production of music because of computers has changed all of music.....51% in a positive way?
     
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    Came here to post this. Easily the biggest innovation in the decade. Cheap, silent, good for all instruments, and eliminates the need to plug into anything. I see them everywhere.
     
  9. guitz

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    Kemper profiling amp
     
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    Oooohhh....good one! Absolutely.
     
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    The Universe has been in production since 1990 if we are talking modern instruments, but they concept has been around far longer.
     
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    It really depends if you mean the instrument specifically or things within the guitar universe.

    If the former, I'd be boring and just say the trickle down of innovation and quality into low cost instruments. You can get so much guitar for so little money now, it's just ridiculous.

    If the latter, I'd say the integration of guitar software between specific devices and computers. It is so easy to get whatever sound you want on whatever platform due to the ease of re-amping, modelers that double as USB interfaces, and computer software amp simulators.
     
  14. Caprica

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    oooh good one, but according to Wikipedia clip ons are older than 10 years:

    "The clip-on tuner was invented in 1995 by Mark Wilson of OnBoard Research Corporation, which marketed it as The Intellitouch Tuner Model PT1."
     
  15. Rocco Crocco

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    Best innovation for guitars IMO is the high quality and low prices of imports. You can get an Epiphone SG for $300 new, and $200 used. 1,000,000 x better than "entry level" guitars from 20 years ago.
     
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    he built that thing in the mid 60's believe it or not.
     
  17. windmill

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    Headstock tuners

    Everyone has them and a lot of players use them after every song.
     
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    The advent of the directional instrument cable.
     
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    Wireless in ear monitors?
     
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