I think GC's death throes signify that people found numerous better ways to buy and sell gear and none of them involve GC. I don't think it is a referendum on the life expectancy of the guitar itself. Lots of retail brick & mortars selling a wide variety of products are all dying because of Amazon, ebay, CL, etc. It's not just GC. We're only talking about GC because lots of people on TGP like to pile on and pound the crap out of GC. There is no legitimate reason why GC should be spared the same suffering that Sears, JC Penney and malls across the country are experiencing. They're subject to the same market forces.