Thought it was about time I joined a guitar forum after playing the guitar for 27 years. I've played in a few bands, mainly rock groups. I have a few influences, but the guitarist that inspired me to start playing the guitar was Dave Murray from Iron Maiden, after seeing him play on the live after death tour when I was 13 years old, I'd never been so clear about wanting to do something in my life.
My first guitar was a classical guitar, but I soon convinced my parents to get me an electric guitar, a Marlin Sidewinder. I've owned tonnes of guitars, but I've never been a Gibson or Fender person. I prefer to get cheaper but quality guitars and bring them up to a high spec, so I'm quite handy with a soldering iron now. I love tinkering and have a passionate hate of painted guitar necks, they get sanded immediately if that is the case.
I currently own the following guitars:
Ibanez RGT 42
Washburn X50 pro Q
Axl Badwater SRO
Marlin Sidewinder (nostalgia buy)
Cheap Brunswick acoustic
On the amplification side of things I have a Marshall 1960A cab, a Marshall JCM 2000 TSL 100 head and a Bugera 333xl 120 watt head.
I have lots of other gear, like effects, mics, wireless, and a dummy load box I made myself.