When I was 17 my Dad paid for me to have a custom built electric guitar made by a local craftsman called Bob Gill.
It was around the time of the millennium and the first time I played it live was New Year’s Eve 1999 in Chew Magna village hall with my covers band at the time.
This guitar ‘The Eclipse’ had a coil tap so I could get a les Paul double pickup tone and easily switch to a single coil bridge pickup sound to replicate sharp strat sounds which made it very easy for me to replicate John Frusciante’s sharp choppy tone when I was in the Red Hot Chilli Pepper tribute band.
The Eclipse style fret inlays were designed by my uncle Steve it was around the time there was a complete solar eclipse in England. Bob cut the mother of pearl shapes with a scalpel.
In 2006 it was stolen in a robbery from my parents home. The home insurance paid for a PRS replacement but I was so use to playing this guitar it was never the same.
Soon after that I quit my bands and started vguitarlessons.com and became occupied with the online marketing of guitar lessons and didn’t play again. This is not something I regret because I did very well and wanted to progress in life beyond just playing guitar.
The last gig I played was with Elguapo on the main stage at Ashton Court Festival in 2006.
I still want to play again but have not managed to find the right creative inspiration yet.