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Better Tone Now or Then?

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Compared to the 'golden age' of rock and roll - the 60's and 70's - electric guitarists have never before had such easy access to so much gear at such low prices.

Choices were much more limited, but many consider the gear available back then (guitars, amps, pedals, etc.) and the sounds it created as the 'gold standard' against which electric guitar equipment and tone should be compared.

1. There's lots of high quality gear available if you're willing to pay for it, but how has the flood of inexpensive gear affected tone quality in general? *This question is required.
2. Compared to the 60's and 70's, has the glut of inexpensive gear on the market caused a general decline in electric guitar tone as heard on recordings, in live venues and at home? *This question is required.
With limited equipment choices back in the day, guitarists had to work hard on their technique and ability to craft tone from what little they had - "tone from your fingers" - at least that's how the story goes.

3. With all this inexpensive gear at their fingertips, do today's guitarists spend less time working on their craft and more on finding equipment to make them sound "good"? *This question is required.
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