Eric Clapton on declining guitar sales: "Maybe the guitar is over"

music news 20/09/2017

Eric Clapton, one of the greatest guitarists of all time, shared some troubling words about where he thinks guitars are going in today's ever-changing world.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Clapton was informed that guitar sales were down, largely because teens were flocking to electronic dance music, and music learning centers favouring brass and woodwinds more over the classic six-string.

"I didn't realise it was that bad," the Layla singer light-heartedly chuckled.

I’m out of touch. I mean, I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know where it’s gonna go either. I think anything that has a natural process will end up where it’s supposed to be.

He went on.

My kids listen to classic rock, but that may only be because of me, because that’s what I’ve played to them. I mean, from the time of their conception, they’ve been listening to music through the womb. I played them playlists, just brainwashed my kids, and at the back of it was always the guitar or some kind of solo instrument or a singer.

My belief in music is it’s all good. It’s all good. Even stuff that doesn’t appear to be so, it’s all good.

According to this Billboard article, guitar sales were down to 1 million a year from 1.5 million, and that major manufacturers Gibson and Fender were financially struggling.

“I don’t know. Maybe the guitar is over,” Clapton said, laughing. “Good question though.”

We sure hope not.