When I was 16, I thought...

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  1. Mark White

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    That playing guitar was down to some sort of innate talent that I didn't have, so I didn't try. I was about 30 when a friend played for me, and he'd only been playing 2 months, so I realised if he could do it, maybe I could too. That's when I started to learn the guitar.
     
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    … Rush was the only music worth listening to. I think I listened to only Rush for about a year straight ('79-'80).
     
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    That it was about how fast you could move on the fretboard. Then someone older and wiser told me 2 important lessons—“it’s all in the right hand” (right handed), and ”the first five will get you paid, the rest will get you ****”
     
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    I needed a Marshall half stack
     
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    Did anybody else refer to “Humdinger” pickups in a guitar store?

    Asking for a friend.
     
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    That's what being young means. :dunno
     
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    I still need a stack, although I favor Mesa Boogie these days. ;)
     
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    For a while there I bought into the guitar hero thing, thinking it was the guitar alone that made a song great or not.
     
  9. Tom Gross

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    When I was 16 I thought Hendrix was in tune.
     
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    Homebound was my favorite Ted song. And no, it doesnt compare.

    I will say Ted had great lead tone, if not taste.
     
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    When I was 16, Id been playing for one year and knew I would be the greatest guitarist in the world soon. I could hear any song or solo and be convinced I could play it better....even though I had no idea how to keep time.

    Now at 55 I can appreciate the music of others and, while Im not the worlds greatest, I enjoy my own playing when its a good day. So, I got that going for me.
     
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    When I was 16, it was 1984. I thought that all of those metal players on the cover of the guitar magazine could play very fast, but they looked ridiculous and their music was awful.
     
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  13. DarthElvis

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    Ahhh, youth is wasted on the young.
     
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  14. Think Floyd

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    Well, since this is a guitar forum, I'll post about when I first started learning (or should I say teaching myself) how to play at age 18 while in the Army.

    For several years (actually, pretty many years) after starting to play guitar I still knew nothing about the physical characteristics or specs of a guitar. When I wanted to change strings, I'd buy whatever was cheapest and often switched between 9s and 10s. However, I didn't know that my guitar needed truss rod or intonation adjustments when I'd switch string gauges or maybe after weather changes. I had no clue that my guitar needed a proper set-up. I'd just throw on new strings, attempt to tune, and play away!

    I didn't know that there was a huge difference between single coils and humbuckers; I didn't even know what those were. To me, pick-ups were all the same, and a guitar either had single pick-ups or double pick-ups. To this newbie, the only differences between Gibsons and Fenders were the body shape and number of pick-ups. I started out with Gibson guitars: first was a terrible no-name LP copy, which was replaced with a Gibson Marauder, and that was replaced by a Gibson ES-335-S Firebrand double-cutaway solid-body. I sold the Firebrand when I was hurting for cash, and later when I wanted a guitar again I bought a Charvel Charvette (Strat copy) because it was cheap and I liked the blue color. Did I know that everything about the Charvel was completely different from my previous Gibson guitars? Nope... didn't have a clue.

    When I first started to play, my Army roommate had a Sunburst Fender Strat that I thought was ugly. I swore that I'd never get one, and went out and bought a Gibson style electric guitar. Yet, for the past 30 years I've been playing Fender Strats after replacing that Charvel Strat copy. Honestly, I really think that I went with Fender due to them being a lot cheaper than a Gibson. However, I still can't stand the 2 tone or 3 tone Sunburst Strats... I still think they're ugly! And today, I really want a Gibson (or clone) again!
     
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    At least you were right, the majority of the time.
     
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    Taylor Swift somehow manages to use banjo as a chick magnet :dunno
     
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    When I was 16 I wanted a Gibson Firebird in the worst way. When I finally got to play a Firebird I found it awkward to handle.
     
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    I like this so much that I declare it the truth, which means you were right all along.

    But: some of the better players can even play lead on a rhythm guitar...

    :p
     
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  19. Melodic Dreamer

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    That Kirk Hammet and Slash were the greatest guitar players in the world.
     
  20. RonH

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    Too funny. I was exactly the same way. Then I thought I needed a pedal to get the distortion sound which was partly true since the cheap Sears amp I had only made clean tones (well lets just say it sure didn't sound like the metal bands I was hearing). What I didn't know is I needed a distortion or overdrive pedal. I just knew I needed a pedal. So, I got a pedal. I plugged it in all excited waiting to hear that wonderful distorted tone and was completely let down when that didn't happen. I guess that Boss Phaser I got was just not working right :) It wasn't until my friend showed me his Arion Metal Master that I learned pedals did different things. I was actually younger than 16 during this period....probably around 10 or 11 years old.
     
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