My Story- How did I get here..?

About William..

The Beginning

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.

Epiphany

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.

 

 

 

 

And then..

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.

NEED HELP?

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,

William Wetherby
realdealguitargear.com

11 thoughts on “My Story- How did I get here..?”

  1. My first guitar was also a Harmony, but it was an electric. I got it for my 12th birthday it was Sunburst orange.  The action was also a mile high, and I loved it.  The first song I learned was Kiss – Cold Gin.

    I played that for many years, then bought an Aria Cat II, when I was 16.  I bought that because I was convinced I needed a whammy bar! I didn’t.

    Now I am 45 and I have a Washburn electric, and a Washburn Acoustic.  I tend to play the acoustic more because it is just easier to pull out. If I do play the electric, it with headphones on. I got them both for probably around 100 bucks. 

    I hate to see beginners put out a lot of money on guitars, it isn’t really necessary. If you can play, you can play anything and sound good.

  2. It is a great story of how you got here.  Very unfortunate that your stuff was stolen, but you have proven that no matter how old you are you should always chase your dreams.  It is never too late to follow your passion in life.  I think it is great that you are able to share your musical wealth of knowledge and find great bargains for people.  I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  3. Wow…how you prevailed even though you had your equipment stolen. I would be mad, but you seem so grounded, seems like you let life be life. 

    My daughter has always wanted to learn to play guitar, but we just haven’t found what’s works for her. She loves to sing, so having the music to go with it would be great. 

    I agree China is bringing out some pretty cool things, but there is so  much to choose from. What sounds even better is building your own guitar, you get to be the creator and can take it as far your imagination can carry you. Amazing!

    My question here is what would you suggest she get as a first guitar, having never touched one before?

    1. Thanks for your nice review. My answer is to take her to SEVERAL small music stores and talk to a salesman you feel comfortable with. Stay away from Guitar Center. You want a more intimate environment so that your daughter can feel comfortable trying different guitars, whether electric or acoustic. She needs to handle the instrument; she’ll know the right one when she finds it. Let her make the decision; but you do not have to pay a lot for a good instrument nowadays. That’s my niche..!

  4. I love electric guitars and one of my heroes is Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton just to name a couple. 

    My parents never let me learn to play guitar since where I lived there was no opportunity to do so and it wasn’t cheap either to take lessons.

    Nevertheless, I have a question and I like to get your expertise on which guitar is a good one for a beginner, like myself, to start to learn how to play? I certainly don’t like to spend too much dollars but rather like build up to a better model as soon I know how to play the tunes.

    Thanks, for your article and help appreciated.

    1. Thank you for your reply. If you’re thinking about a guitar, would it be acoustic, or electric? I’m no expert on either, but I know almost nothing about acoustics. The Squier electric I reviewed is a terrific bargain guitar. I bought one myself and have no complaints, it’s a  very nice piece and I’ve been playing it exclusively lately. You can Google something like “best budget guitars” and whittle it down from there. Hope that helps.

  5. Hello William, what a beautiful story, My grandfather gave me my first guitar, it was a classical guitar but I never learned how to play it, I think it’s time to start doing it, it’s never too late, I always dreamed of taking my guitar to family gatherings and sing songs with my cousins and uncles. And I think, what’s more, I’m sure it’s never too late, you can also play like Mike Bloomfield! 🙂

    1. Thank you for such a nice reply. No, it’s never too late. If you don’t know how to do it yourself, you might consider taking it to a music store you trust and have them set up the guitar for you. New strings, adjust the neck and bridge, etc., so that you’re ready to go. I play for my own amusement, but I take it very seriously because it’s so much fun.

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