It? What is it? Why, pick up the guitar of course. Was there one moment that drove you to it? Was it something that simmered and built? What's your story on how you got started? Why'd you venture down the musical path? Here's mine: Back in the spring of '79 I was just finishing 6th grade and getting ready to head off to Jr. High School in Davenport, Iowa. That was a time when they still taught music and art in school. I remember some group being at the school putting on a seminar about playing an instrument. The goal was to get students to commit to an instrument, and joining the Jr. High band or orchestra. I was young and impressionable (and loved music...playing records non-stop at home), and gravitated to the saxophone. I played alto sax in B band in Jr High as a 7th grader and got moved up to A band in the 8th grade. I played the baritone sax in 8th and 9th grade in A band and Jazz band. Downer here; our band teacher was a total tyrant. Really turned me off on playing. I decided not to play when I went off to high school. That was the end of my music career for the time being. Fast forward a couple of years. Off to see my first concert in late '82. April Wine and Uriah Heep. Had never heard of Uriah Heep, but they rocked. Mick Box floored me playing with one hand (simple 4,2,open pull offs). I'd never seen anything like it! Next was Joe Walsh, then Ozzy and Vandenburg, and then Blue Oyster Cult/Aldo Nova/Dokken in the span of a few months. That was it. I had to have a guitar. Pulled the sax out of moth balls and traded it in for a no name 5w amp and a Hondo II Strat copy. Played quite a bit for the next 5 years. Graduated from college with an a degree in electronics and moved to Chicago to get a job. Playing went by the wayside. Thought of selling everything on more than one occasion, but just couldn't bring myself to let go. Spent more time over the ensuing years not playing than playing, but I still get enjoyment of plucking around. Glad I found this place as it has re-kindled the fire. I find myself starting to spend more time playing then I have in several years. Thanks to everyone for that! What's your story?