Well I guess that it is time to up date this. I started out play the violin in school. the strings group that i played with ( Land of Misfit Toys ) were in fact very good. We were invited to several national competitions ( and won about half ). About 13 i began to play the string bass ( stand up bass ) and then moved to the chelo. Bass guitar followed, the 6string was where i found a home. I have been playing off and on 15 years. i recently picked the guitar back up about two years ago. i had to relearn everything. it sucked. I am a married father of 3, and have been a cop for 7 years. If you need more info ask, or just use your imagination.