I was 8 or 9, 1966 or 67, At Christmas my parents got me a package deal from Grinell's Music. A hollow body Marlin electric with 2 pickups and a cheesy spring vibrato Assembly. Came with a Checkmate 10 solid state amplifier. Took lessons from a horrible lady with an arch top Gibson. The Mel Bay method, really hated that. It was all about sight reading, crappy songs, never learned a chord from her (those came "later"), and I don't even think a scale. Just play La Cookaracha and My Dog Has Fleas or whatever. Horrid. During this period, I also did 2 years of Coronet with the elementary school band, and a year or a little more of piano lessons (at least there were some chords). Minor toying with drums also (a friend had a kit). Gave all that up, then at 12 or 13 or so I picked it up again. A friend of my older sister began teaching me some acoustic stuff (borrowed then bought her never really used Harmony acoustic-she got it when I got the Marlin). By 14 I was heavily into all things guitar, and got my first real amp (West Avalon 45 watt tube amp, 2 4/12 speaker cabinets). My father snuck back to see the guy we got the amp from and bought my first quality guitar (that I wouldn't shut up about) for Christmas. A 1967 Gibson Non Reverse Firebird III with 3 P-90s. I played it for years, then somehow let that one slip away in the late 90s, one of my greatest regrets. Also had built a nice little collection in the 90s that mostly went away. Back into it around 2005 or 2006 I think. Taken a few multi year breaks before that as life happened, but hopefully back for good (at least solid for the last 12 to 15 years).