You never forget your first time! So,
reader friends, I’m curious. What was
your first guitar and amp, and how do you think it influenced your
playing? In my Christmas Blog I
described my first electric set-up, check it out!
Wasn’t I cute? So, my first guitar
was a no-name cheapo, but my first amp was a brown Fender Deluxe. The guitar really stunk, but through that
brown Fender the resultant tone was thick, rich, and downright delicious with
the tremolo of the Gods! I’m convinced
that I was forever set down a tone-path.
To this very day, I feel as though the AMP is a much more important part
of the electric guitar tone chain than the guitar is.
Okay fast forward to just a few months ago.
I came across a rare craigslist gem, a one owner Fender Mustang &
Vibrolux being sold as a pair. As it
turns out, some 40-years back, these were bought by the seller’s parents with
the intention that he would learn to play the guitar. He never did. Whadaheck?
A brand-new competition-stripe Mustang and a black-face Vibrolux. Man, just touch that combo and it starts
playing surf-rock tunes all by itself.
In 1967, any teen boy armed with that combination should have no problem
dating the most popular girl in school.
Maybe that was the problem, just by HOLDING the guitar, he got so much
action that he was left with no time to actually learn how to play the
thing. Yea, that musta been it.
Now, back to the question. What was
YOUR first electric guitar and amp? How
did it influence your playing? Were you
forever changed? Please respond as a comment to this blog :-). If ya got a pic of that
first rig, email me (Vaughn@wgs4.com); we
love that kinda thing around here!
Bye for now, my "outside" blog recommendation this week is six string soul; check it out, they
are “A boutique & vintage guitar blog for the conscious guitarist.” How cool, sounds like our kind of folks! http://www.sixstringsoul.com/