I have always wanted to play the guitar. I love guitar rock and with few exceptions most of my favorite songs are so because of the guitar parts. Listening to David Gilmour’s guitar effects me at a level where it feels like raw emotion. Like saying something profound without picking the wrong words. Anyway, a couple Christmas’s ago Rory got an electric guitar and never really took to it. Wyatt started taking lessons and eventually saved up to get his own full size Stratocaster. Its a beautiful guitar. I plucked around on it and Meghann kept encouraging me to sit down and learn. I joked by saying I’d wait until my next injury kept me off the bike. Well breaking my fret hand was fittingly ironic.
Anyway, as Wyatt got more and more into it I decided it was time for me to give it a try. I initially had decidedI was going to get acoustic, but had probed a Craigslist ad for a good priced 2006 Epiphone Les Paul. I have always like the way they look. Perhaps playing one would help me be as good as Jimmy Page, but probably not.
I took Wyatt to try out the guitar because I only knew a few riffs and I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of this guy. I really didn’t have any intention to buy the guitar, but when the sunlight hit that finish and I held it in my hand…. the decision was made. Something about it made a connection and I have always heard that guitar’s pick their owners.
I have played my guitar through Wyatt’s Fender Frontman 25r and a borrowed Fender Princeton 65r, but never was all that happy with how my guitar sounded. It played great, but never sounded that great. So after an exhausting search I picked up a Laney CUB 10. Its a 10watt, all tube amp with a 10″ speaker. It took one power chord to know this was the amp. It sounds incredible at pretty much any setting, but where it really makes my guitar sound like the classic rock I love is with the gain cranked up. Its hard to quantify how it sounds, but once you hear it… you’l know.