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Since a few people have been kind enough to ask just who the heck I think I am, here's a brief history. I was born and raised in Vermont, where I spent the first 28 years of my life. I started playing violin at the age of 9, until discovering the guitar at the ripe old age of 14. I bought my first guitar from Sears for the staggering sum of $16, and thus began a love affair with the guitar that still continues today. I spent a lot of time playing in cover bands, even going at it professionally for a while.

In 1978 I moved to Los Angeles where I was very fortunate to be offered a job working in the recording studios at A&M Records. I spent 7 years there, ending up as the Director of Technical Engineering, which meant I was the chief machine tweaker and solder jockey. This title was bestowed on me because I lived two blocks from the studio and was gullible enough to be on call 24 hours a day. The highlight of my years at A&M would have to be working on the We Are The World session. I got to meet all of the stars who participated, and even some of their friends and spouses who were partying away out on the A&M sound stage the whole time. We subsequently did a Latin version featuring Julio Iglesias, although on a smaller scale.

I left A&M in 1985, and spent the next year bumming around, doing a little consulting work and some studio maintenance and console mods. I spent most of that time watching TV, chasing girls and drinking, my favorite activities at the time. I have since given up drinking and can no longer run fast enough to catch the girls. So these days, TV is my No. 1 form of entertainment. I even built myself a home theatre system to enjoy my DVDs.

I left LA for greener pastures in 1986, moving to Tokyo to seek a wife. I got very lucky in that respect and have been married to my lovely wife for 16 years now. For work, I hang out at a patent law firm in Tokyo. It's not my idea of an exciting job, but it pays the rent. I also do some consulting on the side, and used to play in a blues band. I am now in forced retirement band-wise.

Equipment-wise, I have too many guitars and amps and too little room to keep them. My main guitars right now are a Fender Custom Shop Robben Ford Elite guitar, and a Japanese made Combat Warm guitar, although I have a dozen or so other guitars to choose from. A few years ago, I got the amp bug , and now have about ten amps. Although I would love to have a real Dumble, I've at least partially alleviated my Dumble jones by building my own amps.

There it is. I said it was brief. I may expand on this in the future. But then again, I may not.

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This is me with Shun Kikuta, a Japanese blues guitarist who graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston, and then moved to Chicago where he has been a successful blues musician for more than eleven years now. This picture was taken here in Tokyo while Shun was on holiday for a few weeks.

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That's my '59 ES-345 that Shun is holding. I had
a hard time getting it back from him.
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And here I am wailing away on my Robben Ford Elite guitar.
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Now with the haircut, a Baker Robben Ford guitar, which had now been sold, and minus a few pounds.
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Here I am with the Robben Ford Elite guitar again, and somewhat in need of a haircut.
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And again with the Sakashta guitar.

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