Which decade's rock music do you prefer? I have a soft spot in my heart for both; my musical conscience arrived during the 80's and GnR was the first band I worshipped. Lots of great guitar playing went down in the 80's too. On the other hand we had a lot of cool stuff in the 90's. Nirvana and grunge, the death of hair metal (praise the lord). I picked up my first guitar in the early 90's too. I guess I'd have to lean towards the 90's. I like how, in my opinion, guitar playing seemed to shift from technical showcasing to functionality and song writing.