I was about 12 when my parents bought me my first guitar. Oh boy! It was a Harmony acoustic with F-holes, and action about a mile high. I plugged away at it, learning folk songs, and developing calluses. I mostly played chords, and tried to play a little lead, but the action was so high it was difficult. I joined a folk group, playing and singing.
Then my life changed. When I was about 15 I heard Mike Bloomfield, on the first Paul Butterfield album. Wow. My first Guitar Hero. I wanted to play like Mike. So, I bugged my folks to the point where they bought me a Carvin electric guitar, and a Magnatone amp. The action on the Carvin was too high, so I still had trouble playing leads. But, at least I had an amp (I wish I still had that one), and I could play LOUD.
The College Years
I studied classical organ and piano in college (“Classical Organ Performance and Choir Direction” major), played a Hammond organ in a band, starting teaching music when I was 16, and played organ in churches. The guitar idn’t get much attention.
It was stolen when I was about 18. The Magnatone was used as a preamp for my electric piano, but it was stolen, too. Oh well.
Back to Basics
Life changed again. When I was 50 years old, I said to myself, I’m still gonna play like Mike Bloomfield, no matter what. So, I bought a cheap electric guitar, a solid state amp, and proceeded to learn every guitar part on that first Butterfield album.
Fast forward- in short time I became a “gearhead”. I built my own electric guitars and went through a LOT of pedals and amps. Equipment stacked all over the place. I wasted a lot of money on expensive gear that I didn’t keep. That led me to the quest for value-based equipment.. good quality guitars and other gear that sounded good and was affordable.
So, here we are now
I want to share the bargains I find with others; I have some inexpensive pedals that I will never get rid of.
I have guitars that I bought on closeout that are gems. China is now turning out some fine equipment.
I want to help you find those bargain-based deals, too. It’s all about VALUE.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,