I started on Steven to play guitar around July 2007. I bought him a cheap Jay Turser guitar kit for a little over $120. I proceeded to try to get him to play, but he didn't start up on it till this past year in 2010. We both started guitar lessons at our church with a fellow named Clark Beasley. I already knew how to play and had taken lessons years before when I was in high school and have played guitar till around the time I got married. I sold my guitars and never picked one back up till I bought Steven his first guitar in 2007. Needless to say, once I picked it up again I had the fever all over. Only this time I wanted more and had more money to play with.
I went over to Music-N-More here in Concord and chatted with a fellow named Greg who helped me make some wise choices about which guitar to buy. Since I hadn't bought one in 20 years, I listened to what he had to say. I wanted to buy a Gibson Les Paul Studio, since I always had a fascination with Gibson. He didn't have one in stock, but he said I was one of several who have asked for one in the last few days. He asked if I had tried a ESP LTD DELUXE EC-1000FM. I told him I hadn't tried that one yet. I had heard of ESP guitars but that was about it. He started comparing these 2 guitars and what each one featured. I soon realized I did not want a Gibson Les Paul Studio, but I wanted a new ESP LTD DELUXE EC-1000FM instead. I looked at the EC-1000FM model he had in stock, and it was just what the doctor ordered. I told him I would look at all the specs on line and get back to him. I was back 2 days later. I found a deal online for $700. He had theirs listed for $800. They said they would match any authorized dealers price if I found a cheaper one....I did find a cheaper one for the $700, and so they sold me the guitar for that price. That allowed me to buy a plush ESP hardshell case for another $100. This guitar is half the price of that Gibson Les Paul Studio and twice the guitar it is. Even our guitar teacher Clark Beasley was blown away by the quality of this guitar for the money...and he plays $2000 guitars.
Since I bought the guitar, I needed a new amp, too. That cheap one with the Jay Turser kit just wasn't going to be good enough anymore. So, I went back and talked to Greg who recommended a Bugera V22 Amp . I had already looked at them on line, and this model was supposed to be pretty good for the money. So, I told him I would take it. I had already bought an effects pedal for Steven's guitar. I bought a DigiTech RP350 multi-effect processor when I bought the cheap guitar to make it sound better. Well, since there was a newer model that had come out , I was itching for a new toy to accompany the new guitar and amp. So, I had Greg order a DigiTech RP1000 multi-effect processor , to the tune of $450. I waited 2 weeks for it to arrive. Finally, it came in, and I have had a blast with it since. Well worth the money.
Steven has been jamming with me, and we have done a few songs together. Here are a few I have done and with Steven too. Take a listen, but just remember these are just me and him jamming while recording, making up our own songs and licks, so they are not by any means a finished song of any sorts. This is just us off the top of our heads at the moment. We lay down a few tracks with Cubase LE and some drum kits. Some have backing tracks we got off the Internet. So let us Rock on good people!