I think you mean early 90s? I'd been playing guitar for about eleven years when Nirvana broke. I think they had a hell of a lot more to do with inspiring young guitarists in the 90s. Billy Ray Cyrus, while he had that huge, dopey single, had very little influence on young guitarists at that time (I was living in Fort Worth at the time, I would have seen it if it had been present.) As for "decent pointy guitars", I started playing in 1980. Decent affordable guitars were already available, and by the time hair-metal hit in 1984, Ibanez (lower-line Destroyer IIs, Vs), Matsumoku (Westone guitars were great for the money) and other imports were hitting that pointy market segment very well with giggable gear. Living in SoCal at the time, I saw this close-up. Your claims don't comport with my recollections.