I agree.....everything has changed. But I think the likely dominant factors are the changes in recording and playback systems.astro64 wrote:The problem with this question is that it may be difficult to disentangle the dominant factor. The instruments changed, the players techniques changes, and the method of recording (amps, analog/digital, etc). I would not be surprised that the latter is an important factor. And I suspect that the modern recordings, even if they are less appealing to some, are probably closer to being "real" than the older ones. We have at least some players that span that period, most notably Bream. I can't say that Bream's recordings from the 1950's sound better than those from the 70's 80's, or 90's. But he played different guitars during those periods too. Williams made the switch from Fleta to Smallman so any comparison there is most affected by that change. Come to think of it, to answer the question it might be best to find more players that spanned the period from when you liked the recordings to when you liked them less, and then see if that preference also applies to them.
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