I've noticed this as a trend in the last 10 years in a number of bands I've played in including a current band. It's almost like an unwritten rule that there be no guitar solos which happen to demonstrate much in the way of single note technical ability. I'm not talking shredding, just some moderately quick bluesy pentatonic stuff with an emphasis on complementing the rest of the arrangement. We play about 30 songs in a set sometimes and I've had criticism for literally 10-15 seconds of wailing type soloing in the whole 2.5 hour set spread over a few songs. TBH I wonder if it comes from insecurities about their own (the other band members) playing- they all play guitar (as well as the instruments they're playing in the band) but I am the lead guitarist due to ability and equipment reasons and none of them have good single note ability or much improvisational soloing ability. I've made the point to them that it's unreasonably restrictive to say to a guitarist that they can't ever play anything approaching 16th notes for example... when put into those terms even they concede that the "rule" is a bit silly. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but there seems to have been a movement in the last decade or so where less technically able guitarists pour scorn on any flourishes made by more technically advanced guitarists on the grounds that slow and simple is always more effective because such and such a famous guitarist has the technical ability but didn't use it on such and such an album.... even though said guitarist (john frusciante for example) goes wild in live performances and has in the past recorded fairly technical work in the studio. I think I need to be in a different type of band really- a more energetic funkier band where not every song has erratic/ wayward strummy rhythm acoustic guitar on it. Can't even have any drum drop outs because they freak out and lose their rhythmn, inevitably rushing in on the first beat the drums are coming back in on. The band described above plays in local pubs mostly. They threw a poody over us doing one Hendrix song (little wing) and one RHCP song (under the bridge) at my suggestion out of 30 other songs (about 50% of which are covers- of the original songs I've contributed some cool very un Hendrix/ RHCP like guitar parts which have really set the songs alight) claiming that the band was turning into one of the bands they were in as teenagers.... due to two covers (I totally nailed the guitar parts in them too and the audience liked that). Meanwhile covers they have introduced include stuff like Dumb by Nirvana and Where Is My Mind by The Pixies- I like those songs, but they're not exactly good pub cover fodder). Sorry for the rant but I'll bet there are some other aspiring guitarists who can sympathise!