Guitar gear market expected to remain largely unaffected by UK's cost of living crisis

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It could be a precarious time for the guitar market. After almost two years of lockdown ushered in a new era of guitar – almost 16 million Americans picked up an electric guitar for the first time – it seems as though demand for six-strings has never been higher.

However, alongside this unprecedented demand is an emerging fear that the current cost of living crisis may hinder this trend in the UK. The combined impacts of Brexit and Covid, along with skyrocketing energy prices and climbing inflation – a figure that is set to rise above seven percent – have led to a significant drop in household disposable income.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.