A Few of My First Loves
Long before I became captivated by two turntables and a mixer, the guitar reigned supreme in my world. Those six strings held an infinite amount of creative possibilities and, conveniently for my nerdy teenage self, made me seem that much cooler in the eyes of my peers. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.
This simple, no frills acoustic guitar holds a special place in my heart simply by virtue of being my first. I can only imagine the patience my parents must have had while I was plunking along to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are" and “Dammit” by Blink-182, quintessential songs for every young guitarist starting out in the mid-to-late 90s.
Gibson Les Paul
This legendary beast of a guitar was as heavy as a bag of bricks and had tone to match. Rock gods like Zeppelin, Marley and the Sex Pistols owe a serious part of their characteristic sounds to Les and his namesake guitar.
Another classic in the guitar world, the Strat was the first guitar to take me out of the basement and onto the stage. Mine wasn’t the best quality, and it absolutely refused to stay in key. Fortunately I was in a punk band at the time, and staying in key wasn’t much of a concern. It just had to sound loud and distorted - to this end, it never disappointed.
My current guitar, and arguably my favorite of the bunch, is a beautiful Tele. Between the pearl pick guard and the impossibly deep blue of the body, I sometimes find myself just staring at it in a daze. Now, to get my hands on it and brush the dust off. I can hear the power chords calling my name…