On the left, my first "real" electric: an early '90s Jackson Fusion Pro. Got it when I was 16 and Marty Friedman was my guitar idol. On the right, my latest electric: a 2010-ish Jackson Dinky.
There were several in between, including a Fernandes, a couple of Epiphone Les Pauls, a Fender Strat, a BC Rich Warlock and a Gibson SG, but the first was given to me by my parents, and the last was given to me by my stepson. I guess fitting that these are the ones I hang onto.
The red one and I have a lot of history. When I was 19, taking a break while recording some lead tracks with my dad, I laid the guitar down, stood up and tripped over the jacked-in cable. Which knocked the guitar to the floor, breaking a chunk off the headstock right across the hole for the sixth-string capstan. I almost cried. My father saved it by gluing, clamping, and sanding the break. However, he left it to me to reattach the machine head, and being the impatient teenager that I was, I drilled a new hole for one of the screws just slightly out of alignment. To this day, that tuner is out of alignment.
I replaced all the electronics in it around 1998, when I realized that I never really used the tone filter (activated by a toggle switch, it turned the tone knob into what sounded like a wah) and didn't like the muddiness of the stock humbucker when highly distorted (listening to a lot of Carcass, Sepultura and Morbid Angel at the time). Put in an EMG active humbucker, new volume and tone pots, removed the switch and tone filter circuit, and moved the volume knob to the switch's former position. No more accidentally turning myself down with my pinky!
- IOTA Solutions, LLCDeveloper, 2012 - present
- Capital OneApplication Architect III (CONT), 2011 - 2012
- Expression Networks LLCCTO, 2001 - 2011
Bird lover: I take photos of birds, have pet birds both domestic and wild, and contribute to Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA.
Racing fan: F1, USCR/Tudor, V8 Supercars, DTM, BTCC, WRC, Indy... Also a BMW nut.
Musician: I play classical guitar and rock out on the electric now and then.
I've worked in IT since 1998, gaining experience in every aspect of technology along the way. From building computers and fielding customer support calls, I went on to deploy VPNs and manage CRM systems, set up and manage an ISP and two data centers, re-architect several large websites, and write software for DOJ, CBP, US Army, Cooke Communications, and many others. I'm now working as a full-time .NET developer for IOTA Solutions, but also playing a major role in driving and implementing new technology for the company.
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