Since 1999 we've provided a home for oddball guitarists that suffer from various excesses and deficiencies. I think a lot of us were galvanized by the 1992 album Transmutation by Praxis, which featured the guitar stylings of Buckethead. Other touchstones were Vernon Reid of Living Colour and various other minor currents from the fringes of musical society, e.g., Henry Kaiser, Bill Frisell's work with Naked City, Mr. Bungle, Arthur Rhames, microtonal music, and so on. However, we still rock.
We started off back in 1999 with a Yahoo group for experimental guitarists that gathered some guys from a variety of early bulletin boards, especially the old Harmony Central guitar forum.
Our first real internet home was a site called Shred Like Hell (www.shredlikehell.com)
The totem for this site was a thing called Bofatron Sofasaurus who created a topsy-turvy whirlwind of consternation due to his irreverence and the ferocious density of sound created by hyper-speed techniques. Guitar One Magazine called BoSo a "Chops Monster" but everybody else just wanted to run the thing out of town.
SLH became too crazy and Bofatron was recalled to its home world. The site was rebuilt by Infinite Ego and renamed Kronosonic. Kronos was a huge success and, with success, it became a huge and expensive pain in the ass and the whole thing was scuttled and a long chain of slumlord message boards were constructed in a long, drawn-out game of hide and seek. Followers? Forget 'em! Fame? Who needs it? Money? Huh!
Facebook reduced our last message board to a virtual ghost town so we decided to just submit to the corporate overlord and create a group there for our amusement -- and it was great to see some old faces that we had lost along the way. We're still in a movement rebuilding mode. Join us!
"GtrOblq" (the name was adopted from a Reid / Torn album) was one of our old haunts that we are now resurrecting. Along the way we have gained and lost hundreds of comrades but, for the most part, the core group is still around.