Odds are those of you reading this are music fans, and if not, congratulations on having been driven here by reading everything else online! It's also possible that you're musicians yourselves, and since any instrument besides your voice, hand claps, and armpit farts is generally a major purchase, I'll bet at some point an instrument or an accessory to an instrument was wrapped underneath your Christmas tree.
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The thing is you're not alone at all. Many of the greatest guitar players in the industry began just as the rest of us did, by having mom or dad shell out some dough for a high-end toy that in all likelihood would be forgotten by Easter. The difference is of course they kept up with it and now they're famous.
Who owes their career to a willingness by parents to brave a music store during the holiday shopping season? Well...