So this is a slightly facetious question, but I don't fully understand why this trend of little to no stage volume has become a thing and why we guitarists bear the brunt of it?
I can understand from a balance and mixing point of view, having completely control of volume levels is optimum for the sound guy, but I'd be more onboard with this if EVERY instrument was silent, and we all the know the loudest thing by far is drums, and yet i dont see drummers being asked to play quieter or lug midi drums on stage?
Also, in most gigs, even in smaller clubs and low cap venues, everything is miced through PA that's run crazy loud. Usually the volume of band through PA is equal to or greater than the total volume of the band "acoustically" and so if the minimum volume of the PA is going to be equal to the band, why are we asked to turn down? serious question
Also, im not sure i fully buy the argument that silent stages, everything DI, kemper this etc. makes for a better live sound - especially if you're stood need the front and theres no crowd foldback monitors. And we all know its a way better experience having some on stage sound whilst you're playing.
In my mind, a (good) band should sound equal and balanced unmiced, which means that in order for guitars to be heard against drums, those amps need to be VERY loud most of the time.
Perhaps someone can enlighten me?