The annual trade event is not only the hottest spot to witness what’s new in the world of guitars, effects and amplifiers. Its history is also a fascinating parallel to the development and fortunes of the instrument itself.
“What’s wrong with being sexy?” asked Nigel Tufnel in 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap. It was a satirical acknowledgement of the fact that, even though most male rockers of the era were plastered in more makeup and hairspray than the females in their audiences, the music business was far from a level playing field for women. Fast-forward to 2018, has anything changed for the better in the guitar industry?