I play the guitar since my sixteen. Back then a classical guitar was all I could afford. I went to a musical school for about two and a half years but that was not the thing I wanted to do. I was baffled by musical staff and classical pieces on guitar that were really great but not what I wanted to learn. So I quit. I bought my first electric guitar (a second hand Maya) and amp (...) at my twenty and began to learn some things from a friend very good at it.. All guitar effects I had was a wah wah pedal. After a while, I managed to buy some books (mostly rock and metal) with TABS and accompanying tapes to listen and some cheap effect boxes to make my guitar sound a little angry. The first decent instrument and gear came at my twenty eight. A B.C. Rich warlock and a TORQUE amp plus a ZOOM 2020 effects processor. After trying some other brands for guitar, amp and effects in a selling and buying fashion, I finally managed after hard work to afford a standard strat and a Marshall Valvestate and I kept the faith in ZOOM effects. The last 7 years or so I've given music a good share in my everyday routine - about 3 to 4 hours everyday. My preferred music genres are mostly rock, hard rock, 70s - 80s metal and funk with some fair amount of Hendrix styled music in between. I've established the motto "Winners don't use TABS" (music is all about ears). I would really like to hear from other electric guitar players here - professionals or not, about their instruments, gearing, preferred styles, genres, musicians they admire, musical studies, personal experiences regarding electric guitar, musical influences, books they have found good for electric guitar and any other thing they have found interesting.