|I got my first guitar in 1974. It was a 3/4 sized acoustic
guitar with nylon strings. My parents were going to buy one for my older brother, but when
I heard about it, I begged and cried, until they finally decided to give me one too. The
first basic knowledge I got was from my brother. I played my guitar very often, and a lot
of what I know today is actually self taught. My brother bought an Ibanez copy of the
Gibson SG, and when he in the late 70's bought a Fender Stratocaster, he gave the Ibanez
to me, and I now had my first electric guitar, and a whole new world of possibilities
opened up for me.
Later when I got older and earned my own money, I could afford to buy my own equipment, and in 1990 I got my first Fender Stratocaster (USA Model) along with a Marshall amplifier. In the early 90's I began to take private lessons in classical guitar, and I had to get a decent acoustic guitar, so I bought a hand-built Alhambra from Spain with extra tensioned nylon strings. During a vacation to Texas in 1995, I bought an Ovation acoustic steel string guitar, which I later sold again, as I got a C.F. Martin guitar which I liked better. Later in 1995, on a business trip to Texas, I got a Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Fender Stratocaster, which is the one I most often play these days.
Since then, I have bought and sold several other guitars, and at one point I had 7. My wife just gave me a Gibson Les Paul Studio, so I current own 5 guitars.
I bought a Digitech GNX3 in 2005. It's a full featured floor processor with an 8-track recorder built-in. This is a nice device that gives my guitar so many new sounds.
Except for when traveling, I have played every single week ever since I got my first guitar in '74, and I don't think I'll ever grow tired of it.
You may ask why I'm not in a band or playing on studio albums. Well, I was never much of a performer. I didn't like standing on a stage in front of a huge crowd, and I just got too busy with my work to ever try out as a studio musician. But, that's okay, I'm okay with it just being my hobby.
I am inspired and thankful to many guitar players out there, who has helped me keep the interest for playing alive. To mention some that comes to mind: Andy Scott, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Mike Oldfield, Mark Knopfler, Nuno Bettencourt, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, Gary Moore, David Gilmour, Tim Christensen, Slash.
I gave myself a Rogue LX200B bass guitar for Christmas 2008, and got a Crate bass amplifier for it.
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