I have a feeling that some types of musicians are becoming extinct - i.e that there is no demand for a certain type of musical style and playing and that there are no new younger musicians coming up to develop styles and passing on techniques when the older performers quit, fade or die. I mean: If you look at classical instruments, the number of new young musicians is rapidly dwindling, and maybe it could be mathematically calculated how few there can be playing a certain instrument before vital musical knowledge and traditions are getting lost. Lets take the bassoon: How many new young instrumentalists are being examined from high schools to fill out seats in orchestras - and are there sufficient numbers to preserve technique and interpretation knowledge to be able to perform classical pieces and orchestral works? So my question is: Are certain guitar styles fading out because the demand of certain styles is gone and no new players take interest in playing and developing them? I have some examples: Will we ever see a new guitarist like SRV, with a combination of technique, star quality and songwriting, that can achieve wider popularity? Will there be funk-fusion style guitarists like Hiram Bullock, Larry Carlton or early Robben Ford again, with musically advanced songs and performances? I write this because I find so many of todays band's guitarists so incredibly boring to listen to, and those who are somewhat interesting are coming to older age like Eric Johnson, Carlton, Scofield or (my favourite, may he never die!) Feiten.