What is #blackedxout and why are so many guitar gear companies posting about it?

(Image credit: Instagram)

Those of us that follow gear companies on Instagram (which, basically, means all of us) may have been asking a similar question over the last few days: what does the hashtag #blackedxout and its accompanying visual, as seen above, mean?

Well, Guitar World is here to tell you that, like everybody else… we’re not sure.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.