Congrats on the new guitar and your 1st show with it. A couple of years back, I started going to this dingy blues bar on the Sunday open mike night where you could play with the house band. These guys were mostly 40-50 yrs. old playing Strats, Teles, & LPs through Music Man and Fender tube amps. Finally, I mustered up the courage to bring my rig and asked to play. They said sure. So I start setting up my SOLIDSTATE 1/2 stack & I could feel their eyes upon me like they were vultures circling dead meat.
Anyway, I pull out my UV777BK & they looked at it intensely. Then the questions started:
What's wrong with yer geetar?
What's that extra string for?
How do you tune that "thing"?
What's that "bar thing" on your bridge do?
Do you know how to play blues?
The 1st song starts and I'm scared to death. I never get nervous in my metal band, but this was a TOTALLY different atmosphere. Halfway through the 1st song, I got "THE NOD" from the rhythm player. Nervously, I took my 1st solo. I played some standard pentatonic runs & thought my solo was coming to an end. However, I guess they liked it & told me to keep going. That was a vote of confidence to me & that's when I busted out "the chops"! Finally, they understood what that "bar thing" on my bridge was for & they found out about tapping also!
When I got done, a huge roar of applause erupted & that's when I knew the night was gonna be a WHOLE lotta fun! 3 hours of playing later, the night drew to a close. The guys, once fearful of so-called untraditional blues gear and playing, were totally cool. I played off and on with them for 2 years. I still run into them periodically & we're like the best of friends to this day.
Ahh I love showing old dogs that new tricks ain't a bad thing.