Let me take you back in time for a bit. It’s the late 80s and I’m a teenager with absolutely no cash, no direction, and no motivation besides girls and music. I mean, it’s like the typical teenage wasteland story of simply existing in time in all sorts of ways. Anyway, I’m getting off track. . . so sometime around 1989 I go to see a “punk” show with a friend of mine in Hoboken, New jersey. I happened to see a show with an unknown band called Nirvana. So this chance event proceeds to blow my mind in all sorts of unexpected ways, the biggest of which was my desire to start a band THAT NIGHT! But alas, the poor teenager I was had little income, and this was a time when gas was like a dollar a gallon!
In the following days I started searching out all the local pawn shops and mom and pop music stores (remember them?) and ended up finding some really cheap jewels. A Univox guitar (just like Kurt had played) and a Univox Superfuzz pedal eventually found me. I paid $100 for the guitar and $99 for the fuzz pedal. I had a friend at the time who worshipped Kirk Hammett from Metallica (and even grew a tiny stach and got a perm!!!!) who helped me pick out an amp but later on I found an old Harmony tube amp that looked like it was fished out of the local river but it sounded like god!
But the spark was in my searching, I started to see all these weird guitars that weren’t Fenders or Gibsons. Like, what the hell was a Supro? And these Danelectro guitars that were being passed off as toys? And there were amps in the case!?!?! There was a simmering in my mind and I suddenly NEEDED to find what what were all these oddball instruments. It was like learning a new language, and this was before the Internet! Seriously, there was like NO ONE who could tell me what was up.
A couple of my bands burned out quicker than jet fuel, but I kept gathering cheap gear. There were times when I gave it up over some wonderful girls, or playing sports, or dealing with the various horrors of growing up, but man I have to tell ya, “I was on fire” with my love of guitars since way back!
So what will this blog be about? Well, all sorts of oddball, rare, unique, bizarre, and weird guitar stuff. I’ll pay homage to my influences, local people who were nice and helped me out, and current players and techs that have a love of their craft but seem to catch not the slightest breaks in life. I’ll be posting YouTube videos and demos of all sorts of guitars, effects, and amps, and eventually I’ll link everything together with Facebook, ebay, and all that crap. Lastly, here’s a pic of my setup, circa 1991. I still have all this stuff!