I had an interesting experience last weekend - twice. Saw two live bar bands playing small venues. In each situation, the drummer sounded like a live drummer, bass player like a live bass player, the singer like a live singer, heck, even the digital pianist sounded like a live piano. The guitarists in both cases? One of them played through a string of pedals. The other played through a small digital amp. Both of them sounded like recordings of electric guitar, NOT A LIVE GUITAR. Both had a thick schmear of distortion to simulate power and volume. They had plenty of sustain, but were tucked in just beneath the general volume of the band. Both sounded phony, stereotypical, and musically sterile. The irony? Both were good players. What have we guitarists done to ourselves?