Even the small number of bands on this list are wildly different from each other. But still, for many people who like their guitar music loud and aggressive, the term evokes certain stylistic cues. A time where bands simultaneously got faster and slower, heavier and softer, and DIY ethics were embraced wholeheartedly by so many young punks. Either new generations of kids are discovering the work of some amazing artists, or those of us old enough to have taken part are finally wresting control of the coffee table book and online think-piece industry. A note on inclusivity: Despite the progressive politics of much of the scene, it was overwhelmingly white, male, and based in the U.
Do you imagine a dilapidated hunk of wood, mummified in duct-tape, electronics hanging for dear life? The Gibson SG Tribute features a sturdy double-cut mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Yes, classic Jazzmasters are beauties, but a punk could do without their complex circuitry and admittedly troublesome bridge.
The best guitars for modern metal, thrash, shred, classic metal and hard rock. Some people think any guitar will do for metal as long as your amp is set to ten with the distortion blazing. The fact is that quality matters when choosing the best metal guitar, just as much as any other genre of music. The materials used in the body and neck play a huge part in determining tone, resonance, and sustain, and the hardware and electronics need to be top-notch. There are a lot of guitars out there that look like they might make the cut, but until you look closer you never know.