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Very cool, Ken! :D I grew up in the 80's and learned to play the bass guitar in church, but being a metal-head teenager when bands like Metallica ruled, LOL, I quickly found a group of like minded kids at my school who also played and when we weren't racing around on dirt bikes, we were busy pretending to be rock stars learning and playing rock music in somebody's garage or shed, LOL! When I graduated high school I joined the Army and never really came back to it, but always threatened "to someday buy a guitar and learn to play it". Fast forward 30 years or so, I still love the sound of heavy metal and hard rock (though being devout in my faith, I have little interest in the lyrics anymore). So 11-22, having discovered a Guitar Center in my area, I bought one of those "Squier by Fender starter packs" with a Squier Strat and small amp and started learning from YouTube videos (some were actual teaching videos, some just music videos and I'd watch the guitarist) and have been loving finally learning a little. I wasn't getting (even close to) the sound I was wanting from that setup, even after adding a pedal to get heavier sounds, so after a few weeks I sold off a few knives (another hobby) and upgraded to an Ibanez RG series guitar and BOSS Katana 50 II amp and love both! Look over the mess, (it's an extra bedroom and my wife's current home-office, LOL), and the Drop D, my left hand was surgically repaired (more like the internals were surgically replaced ?) after an on the job injury in 2001, so unfortunately it doesn't always have the fine motor skills to play everything with chords alone (Drop tunes are a life saver for that in a lot of songs). This is from "week 5" of learning to play (this past weekend ?), a little Alice in Chains and Soundgarden---coincidently, my neighbors probably LOVE me now ??

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I feel guilty. I haven't picked up any of my guitars in like 2 years. No more calluses on my fingers. My Amp head and speaker cabinet are not even in the same room anymore. Neither me or any of my music friends are in any bands anymore. I wound up selling off all of my good guitars, basses, amps and various pedals to my friends who were still in bands over the years. Now all I have left is one guitar rig and one acoustic.😩

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I started out with guys like Clapton and Jimmy Page and of course Hendrix. I liked Robin Trower for ever. When I started to play, it evolved into J Mascis and Graham Coxon.  Although they are known more for their song writing over the years, Paul Weller and Paul Westerberg are both suprisingly phenomenal guitar players as well.

Although his music never did anything for me its had to argue that Prince wasn't one of the greats as well.

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Nice playing, sounds great. I play a little. Mostly Southern Rock and Blues. I have a Fender Strat, Epiphone Les Paul and a Takamine acoustic. I sold most of my amps and just use a multi effects/amp modeler board now.  My favorite band is the Allman Brothers, I like trying to learn some of their songs, not making much progress. My wife says I can't play a thing, but I sure make it sound good. 

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4 hours ago, bluestringer said:

Nice playing, sounds great. I play a little. Mostly Southern Rock and Blues. I have a Fender Strat, Epiphone Les Paul and a Takamine acoustic. I sold most of my amps and just use a multi effects/amp modeler board now.  My favorite band is the Allman Brothers, I like trying to learn some of their songs, not making much progress. My wife says I can't play a thing, but I sure make it sound good. 

Well James we have something other than modelling in common.  Big Allman Bro fan here too especially with Warren Haynes and Derik Trucks strumming and sliding😃

Our daughter is also a self taught guitar player.  Has a John Mayer strat, another strat, Gretsch Electromastic, Martin Acoustic Electric and I play a little on Peavy bass and a Fender Acoustic bass.

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Started playing in 1966 on a Kay guitar my mom bought me with S&H Green stamps. The strings sat about 3" off the frets. I kept at anyway, and saved money for a better guitar. Bought several, an Epi. Casino from 65, an L3 Gibson from 1918. Never hit it, but the years playing were the most pleasureable times of my life. Keep on playing, you might be surprised what it means to others, you don't even know. 

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23 hours ago, TransAmMike said:

Well James we have something other than modelling in common.  Big Allman Bro fan here too especially with Warren Haynes and Derik Trucks strumming and sliding😃

Our daughter is also a self taught guitar player.  Has a John Mayer strat, another strat, Gretsch Electromastic, Martin Acoustic Electric and I play a little on Peavy bass and a Fender Acoustic bass.

I like the original lineup best with Duane and Dicky. But yea, all the lineups were good. I especially like Warren and Dicky together. Warren is great, and I always thought Dicky's playing was underrated. Have you heard the live album they did at A&R Radio Studios back in 71 I think. It is right up there with the Fillmore East recordings. Duane does a tribute to King Curtis on it. 

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9 minutes ago, bluestringer said:

I like the original lineup best with Duane and Dicky. But yea, all the lineups were good. I especially like Warren and Dicky together. Warren is great, and I always thought Dicky's playing was underrated. Have you heard the live album they did at A&R Radio Studios back in 71 I think. It is right up there with the Fillmore East recordings. Duane does a tribute to King Curtis on it. 

I'll have to check it out, not sure I've heard the A&R album. 

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Guitar Man! Wish I could have played that good back when I was younger!

All my son's can play but only one really excelled to that level.

They started out on my old equipment with what I taught them and they grew from there and far surpassed my abilities!

I started out in the mid 60's with an Audition 6 string I bought on layaway at Woolworths. Played in a fer garage bands playing rhythm guitar and drums.

Traded the 6 string for a Hofner Bass and Bass and Drums were pretty much all played except maybe some rhythm guitar on 60's rock.

Don't have much left as for equipment. a Squire Strat Affinity I just recently purchased and a couple kits I'm building.

I have been playing around with the easy 3 cord 60's stuff lately though.LOL

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On 3/15/2022 at 7:26 PM, OldTrucker said:

Guitar Man! Wish I could have played that good back when I was younger!

All my son's can play but only one really excelled to that level.

They started out on my old equipment with what I taught them and they grew from there and far surpassed my abilities!

I started out in the mid 60's with an Audition 6 string I bought on layaway at Woolworths. Played in a fer garage bands playing rhythm guitar and drums.

Traded the 6 string for a Hofner Bass and Bass and Drums were pretty much all played except maybe some rhythm guitar on 60's rock.

Don't have much left as for equipment. a Squire Strat Affinity I just recently purchased and a couple kits I'm building.

I have been playing around with the easy 3 cord 60's stuff lately though.LOL

thank you Johnny! I just play for enjoyment myself.

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