That was my dad and that was me.
Mister CCJ, your post grabbed my heart
I was young dumb little punk who liked Iron Maiden. (haven't changed a bit
) I wanted to play what they played. If it wasn't for them I'd of probably never picked up guitar in the first place.
I knew this old hippie named ~crazy dave~. One night I was at his house (my parents would have killed me
) He had an old "KAY". Emphasis on "OLD
He used to try to play it, but it was broken up a bit, but he loved to make noise, lol. He needed money so I offered him $ 25.00 if he'd let me buy it. I knew he loved it and I felt bad about it, but at the same time wanted it bad! Reluctantly, he did sell it to me.
WOW - my first guitar. I thought I was soo cool
I took it to the music store to see if they could fix it up to play. The guitar guy was like....."ummm, I'll see what I can do with it
They actually got it to play pretty well. Put in some shims & new strings and threw in some knobs and other parts. Cost me $ 8.00 (I think they gave me a break
) I bought a Maiden tab book and I was off to the races! Woo hoo! Then after a couple months I was able to save up enough to get a blue Fender Squire strat ($ 175)
My first REAL guitar;-)
After I got the strat I went straight to Daves apt and gave the "kay" back to him. I'll never forget the smile on his face. (RIP my friend)
Maiden (dave and adrian) inspired me and Crazy Dave let it happen!!
It wasn't till later on that Steve Vai came along, but that is a whole different story, lol.
wow.....sorry for getting carried away folks. Mr. CCJ's post reminded me of the importance of not taking for granted those you love.