Guitar Music In The 1980’s

Many people acknowledge the amazing era of rock music which was the 1970s. This era saw rock music jump up in popularity, with a host of bands making music with the standard vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and drums line up. Bands used tube amps, chose effects pedals tastefully and soloed like there was no tomorrow.

The 80s was also a very prominent era for music, and one which is very interesting to look at. If the 70s is the decade of the rock band, the 80s is the era of hair metal. With Black Sabbath at the forefront, rock grew a lot nastier in this period. Bands like Megadeth, Metallica and Iron Maiden had metal covered, with screaming guitar solos, ultra-fast riffing and distortion pedals galore. I digged up a video of 80’s music to make it more clear:

Guitar music enjoyed an era of popularity, with famous hit songs like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, Europe’s The Final Countdown, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, ACDC’s You Shook Me All Night Long and Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine all having their fair share of time in the music charts. the other video give us more idea about the music of 80’s:

You can see in it, the tone of the 80s is also tube amp tone; the classic, vintage style of guitar amplification made popular in the 70s was also behind each and every one of those memorable guitar licks and riffs. Many guitar effects pedal companies sprang up and started to produce their own versions of flangers, chorus pedals and delays, as well as a massive amount of overdrive and distortion pedals. The wah pedal was also very prominent in music from this time!

Welcome to the 80’s !!

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