About Me – And Why I’m Doing This
1990: I Buy my First “Real” Guitar
When I was 16, I worked extra hours for many months at my Dairy Queen job so that I could finally afford my first “real” electric guitar: a blue Ibanez RG550. I loved that axe, but hadn’t a clue how to change the strings or even tune it, because it had a floating Floyd Rose tremolo. So, when I wanted to lower the action, I had to take it to a local music store.
I was pretty naive back then, so when I went to pick it up a week later I was so excited that I paid the guitar tech without even opening the case and hurried home to play my “professionally setup” guitar.
When I got home and finally opened the case, my mouth went dry, my heart sank, and I got a sick feeling in my stomach.
There were two huge chips in the beautiful blue paint of the body–one so deep it was all the way down to the wood.
I immediately called the guitar store. Not only did the guitar tech deny all responsibility, he had the audacity to say “it was like that when you bought it in kid.” As such, they refused to fix the damage (not for free, anyway).
That’s the day I realized that I needed to to learn to do as much of my own guitar work as possible, and only give my guitar to someone else when absolutely necessary.
Paying it Forward
Now, I want to help you the same way that I was helped in those early years. I want to pass on my knowledge to you, so you only have to leave your precious axe with someone else when absolutely necessary.
You can contact me anytime with your guitar questions and concerns. I usually respond within 48 hours.
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What Others Are Saying
Teaching and helping people is something I love. It’s in my blood. There are a lot of guitar websites and blogs out there, but I try to go above-and-beyond by personally replying to anyone who reaches out to me for help. Here are just a few of the awesome comments people have sent to me over the years…
Thanks a ton. You really know your stuff!
I started reading your blog posts and Tweets and can’t stop.
You’re very cool to talk to, I might add. Thanks for the advice on how to change nylon strings!
I listen to your segment on the weekly Guitcast podcast! Thanks for the great work and advice 🙂
This is great info. You rock. Thanks!!!!
Thanks a lot, you saved my day!
Really appreciate your guitar advice this past year! Sending you much love…
Thanks so much! You are an immense help!! Appreciate all you do!
“Bobby, thanks for taking the time to compose and send an answer to my question. I really appreciate it.”
Thank you so much, dude! I honestly didn’t know where to turn, guitar forums can be overwhelming.