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Darkness on the Edge of Tone or Do Jazz Guitarists Know How Bad They Really Sound?

A couple of years ago the editor-in-chief of Guitar World contacted me about the possibility of penning an article he wanted written on “Why Jazz Guitar Sucks.”

Well, given the infinitesimal coverage that his publication afforded to anyone besides flavor of the month head-bangers and hair bands, I thought that to be a rather parochial, narrow-minded appraisal. However, upon challenging his thesis, I discovered he wasn’t dismissing the tradition. Nor was the issue a question of content or even context, but tone. As in prosaic. As in square. As in unimaginative. As in monolithic. As in, Do you know how bad you really sound?

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