Are You What You Imagined?

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  1. The Opera Panther

    The Opera Panther Supporting Member

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    17 year old beginner me would be awestruck at 44 year old pretty decent player me. He’d also be a little pissed I’m not awaiting induction to the Hall of Fame in a Red Sox cap.
     
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  2. Comanche5

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    John Mayer, is that you?
     
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  3. Bob Womack

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    I picked up guitar at thirteen and had no idea of what I expected to be, except perhaps an astronaut. By eighteen I had an idea. By twenty I'd already been in a band that was offered a contract and turned it down. The band split and I was left with a moment of, "What do I want to do when I grow up?"

    1. I knew I wanted to fall in love with a beautiful woman, marry, stay together, and have a family. I wasn't aware of any of my musical influences who were able to pull that off.
    2. I knew I wanted to make music.
    3. I knew I wanted to record and produce music.
    4. I knew I wanted to make enough money for my future wife to live at ease.

    So now, forty-two years later from the crossroads, I've pulled off every one above except number 4. Thank goodness my beautiful wife is satisfied with a husband who is still madly in love with her. I can tell you from experience that the three out of four I have are pretty cool.

    Bob
     
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  4. shredtrash

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    For the most part, yeah. I play more acoustic than I thought I would be other than that, pretty close.

    Also very happy with my gear for the most part.
     
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  5. GulfportBound

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    I imagined myself a human being, and I have lived up to it so far. ;)
     
  6. John Vasco

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    1. No, because if someone had said to me in my late teens that I would still be gigging at the age of 68, I would have said 'you're having a larf!'

    2. No, because I never thought at that time I would presently be gigging Les Pauls and a Mesa Boogie (which company did not exist back then). Late-'60s, I was focused on rock music, not blues and Rhythm & Blues.
     
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  7. MkIII Renegade

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    It could be worse. :wave


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  8. MkIII Renegade

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    No, then he would say TGP fanbois think he's the greatest. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Losov

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    I play better now than I ever thought I would. As for material, I started as a folkie back in that era; and while I still do play acoustic shows, it ain’t nuthin like what I was playing back then.
     
  10. rumbletone

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    When I started in my teens I don’t think I ever thought that far ahead about guitar playing. If asked I probably would have thought I’d still be playing metal at house parties. I certainly wouldn’t have predicted playing for a female vocal group with a record deal, doing musical theatre shows, or playing headlining sets to thousands of people at reggae/world music festivals.

    Gear-wise I probably would have thought there’d be more 4x12s in my live rig :)
     
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  11. tycobb73

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    I take life day by day and don't plan mush.
     
  12. twoheadedboy

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    Nope. I thought I would be much better than I am.
     
  13. General_Specific

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    I didn't pick up the guitar until I turned 30.

    As a teenager, I would have thought that If I could play Black Sabbath NIB, I would be set. After learning NIB, I realized that I am not as creative as Iommi. I can play it, but I can't create it.
     
  14. monwobobbo

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    well not really. back in the day i imagined i'd be a shred king winging off fabulous solos in my million selling band. that certainly didn't happen at all. gear wise it's tough to say as most of what i have didn't exist at all or in the current form. i would have killed to have my main amp say in the mid 80s (Peavey Ultra) as well as some of the pedal i have now. it's funny guitar wise as things kind of went full circle. my first "real" guitar was an Ibanez strat copy (wish i still had than one) i went on to a lower end Gibson SG and then to a BC Rich Mockingbird ( really wish i still had that US made and a great guitar). now i have a real Strat , an SG and a BC Rich Eagle (though not US made). in between were a whole bunch of different guitars. playing wise it took a few years to come to the realization that no matter how many hours i put in i was never going to be a shred king (or even court jester). once i came to terms with that and started to play what came more naturally i ended up a much happier player (though still not all that good).

    life wise again not at all and never envisioned myself where i am now. not necessarily a bad thing but it' s been an interesting road.
     
  15. Kempercat30

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    Musically as a player, singer, performer and writer yes. But I thought I’d be a famous rockstar...☹️
     
  16. Bluedano1

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    At 60, I play and sing with much more variety ( styles?) than I ever thought I ever dreamed of, when I 'just' wanted to be solely a blues ( be it on electric or acoustic) guitarist, say in my late 20's

    Never thought I'd get so much into playing ( and singing) Bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, Country, pop, Grateful Dead,, solo instrumentals; even a little theater work, along with a lot of blues...( it's ALL kind of related though, to me)

    I'm not successful at all in terms of $$, from all this, but I LOVE the musical adventure!
     
  17. GuitarGuy66

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    She’s so hot.

    :love:
     
  18. Don A

    Don A Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep. When I was 15, I wanted to play blues as a hobby, jam and play an occasional gig. My gear is better than I expected, but so is my income and the availability of great gear at good prices.
     
  19. Jazzandmore

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    Started at 24, thought I’d at least be a good, not great, but good jazzer with my own nice sounding style...

    Yeah, that didn’t happen. Still practice, but I’ll never even be a competent jazz player, much less ever being good.
     
  20. jnovac1

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    yes
     

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