Favorite bands :
OLD Bands; April Wine, AC/DC, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Cream, Eagles, Deep Purple, Led Zepplin, Neil Young, Police, Rolling Stones, Rush, Sanatana, Springstein, Van Halen, Who, ZZ Top
NEW Bands: Buck Cherry, Green Day, Jet, Sloan, Theory of a Dead Man, Wheezer and basically anything that sounds good.
Favorite guitarists :
Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Don Felder, Billy Gibbons, Angus Young, Alex Lifeson, Ace Frehley.
Favorite bassists :
John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones
Favorite books :
All old sci-fi's from L. Niven, I. Aismov, P. Anderson, B. Bova, A. Clarke, P. Farmer, R. Heinlein, the Destroyer series (W. Murphy/R.Sapir).
Favorite tv :
Star Trek (Original, Next Gen, Enterprise), Heroes, Smallville, CSI, MythBusters, How its Made, cooking shows and home repair/construction programs.
Favorite movies :
Star Wars (all), Spider-Man (all), X-Men (all) old Scfi-Ci classics, action movies in general and of course comedies too.
After taking three yeasr of elecricity/electronics in highschool and finding I really like it I joined the Canadian Armed Forces where I spent 13 years as an electronic technician before taking an early (voluntary) release to work in the Defense Industry (where I've been employed ever since). I played in a couple of bands but not too seriously (hobby with a few gigs) until my mid twenties. I basically quit guitar between the ages of 30 & 43 before realizing I missed it. My very first guitar was a Black Taro Les Paul copy that had a plywood body (neck wood unknown). Since then, most of my guitars have been of the Stratocaster style (body, scale, bridge design etc) until I decided to get back into it. Now I find I'm a Les Paul type of guy. I sold my American Deluxe Strat to my brother and bought two Epiphone Elitists Les Pauls instead. I've also repaired many guitar amplifiers for people over the years including a blown Fender Twin for the "Grandpa Band", a Music Man 2x12 for "Doug and the Slugs" as well as many hobby musicians. I have a small collection of amplifier & effects schematics (Fender, MusicMan, Traynor, Peavey, Rockman) available for free should anyone need them!