Favorite guitarists :
Zac Brown. I do like many others and some I found on Youtube. Getting up there in age and as such I have many I was quite fond of. But in the last few years my tastes have changed. Case-in-point being a metal head and swearing off country I have come to be a huge fan of the Zac Brown Band and for that reason he is the only person I have listed by name. Anyone that says he isn't good doesn't know their head from their ass!
Favorite bassists :
Never been a fan of the bass. Don't get me wrong I have personally played with it and considered converting but my love of fingerpicking out weighed that decision and I have yet to regret it. Also, depending on the song, band, and other things I rarely truly hear the bass, and when I do it's usually single notes which just about anyone can do once they get the timing down. No for me it's those that do walks, and make bass talk/sing. Those are the ones that catch my ear, but I never bother really learning who they are.
Favorite books :
Books, are you serious? This is a music site.
Favorite tv :
Okay this is getting ridiculous.
Favorite movies :
Once again, this is a music site.
Due to my 3rd teacher (going on my 4th now in 2015) I have been influenced by his preferred choice of guitar and that is the Taylor. However, as much as he tried to put down Steve Vai whom I highly respect as a guitarist as well as a musician all around, I can see my influence penetrated him too for one day he showed me his brand new Jem from Ibanez. Gotcha Charlie!
Anyway, like I said Charlie influenced me into loving Taylor's. Quite frankly aside from Taylor Swift (great legs btw) I never heard of the Taylor. Instead going to my headbanger daysSlash, Zack, and many others I was obsessed with possibly owning a Gibson, and then thanks to Charlie and a lucky visit at Daddy's Junky Music I am a proud owner of a Taylor 315ce. I love that thing.
I was never fond of the sounds from Yamaha's (except for one and the model is unknown to me), and Dean and many others where to me the sound was more muddy/muted. Not my cup of tea. I like my notes to ring, not sound like they are muffled. I find that in Taylors, Martins, Breedlove and many others.
I also have a Martin LX1 mostly for convenience but the one I obtained has such a great sound to it I play it more times than my full-size Taylor. In addition I did try the Baby Taylor but the sound from it sounded more like a harp than a guitar to me. Funny coming from a fan of the Taylor guitar.