There’s more going on behind the scenes here than me just sitting in front of my workstation working and my Mac Pro and Cintiq refusing to play nice with each other. One of them is that I started to pick up playing the guitar once more.
I am just a novice, mind you. I started to learn how to play sometime in 1993. During that time, I really wanted to learn how to play so that anytime I hang out with my pals, we had something to sing along to. So I bought me a second hand acoustic guitar and started learning some chords. I soon got adept with it that I became ambitious and started learning how to play some guitar solos with an electric guitar. I bought all the tabs and guitar magazines that I could find and I would spend hours in my room trying to learn how to play the guitar solos that I liked from Guns N’ Roses and the riffs that I liked from Metallica. I also played some Nirvana; they are so easy to learn because all you have to do is pick up three chords and strum the guitar like crazy!
My interests soon turned to the Blues. I would dig through all the magazines that I own and look for blues solos. I never got to totally mastering how to play it, but it is something that I would really like to plunge into should I really get serious.
My love affair with the guitar ended when I finally hooked up with my future wife, Liza. Both my guitars started gathering dusts so I sold them, albeit with a heavy heart. Fast forward to the present and I am so swamped with work that sometimes I need some diversion to keep my sanity, so I decided to pick up where I left off and get myself back to guitar playing.
I started out with an acoustic guitar once again, but soon the itch came back and I just had to get an electric one:
The acoustic guitar is an Art & Lutherie Dreadnought Series Almond 6-String. I got it from a guitar shop that was recommended to me by my brother-in-law. I had to read a lot of reviews before settling with this model. I always preferred the steel stringed guitar rather than the nylon stringed one. What I got sounded great for my needs, plus it was very affordable.
It took me a while to get my chops back, but after playing with it for a number of weeks, I suddenly had the urge to go rockin’ and decided to finally get an electric guitar. Once more, it took me a lot of browsing for reviews before I finally decided on an ESP LTD Standard Series EC400VF Electric Guitar in Tabacco Finish:
I liked the Les Paul style of this guitar. My previous electric guitar, the one I sold back in the Philippines, was an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, hence my preference for this body style. Compared to the Epiphone, I found that this ESP is surprisingly easy to play! The set up from the factory out of the box was just right! The neck had the right thinness to it, the string action are just the right height, and it looked and sounded great too! Plus, it was more affordable than the real Gibson Les Paul, which costs something I would not dare tell my wife.
I also had to get an amplifier:
This one is a Fender GDEC Junior. What’s nice about this amplifier is that its got built in drum loops that you can play along with, great for practicing! It also has built in guitar effects, sparing me from buying a separate stomp box. What a nice little amp!
Anytime I needed a short break from work, I would turn on the amp and pick up my guitar and play me the tunes that I know how to play. I am still a novice, but for my small audience consisting of me, I think I sounded great!
I’ll never end up playing on stage, though.