I started playing guitar at a young age; I was compelled to play guitar after seeing a picture of Ace Frehley in 16 magazine when I was just a kid. Seeing him lean back with smoke pouring from his guitar was quite an image for a young boy; It was simply the coolest thing I had ever seen, and had to play guitar immediately. Some years later, a friend played Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman album for me, and I was floored by the amazing guitar playing. Randy Rhoads was my next largest influence, and learning to play his work was quite an education for me.
I got my first good electric (a 1983 BC Rich NJ Warlock) at 15, and did my first pickup swap on it out of necessity. I’ve been working on guitars in one form or another since then. I learned a lot from my guitar teacher, Steve Harnack. He owns Park Avenue Music in Lombard, IL, and he built me my first custom guitar when i was 16, Soon after, I quickly became hooked on the custom feel. Added years later to my list of heroes would be Grover Jackson (founder of Jackson Guitars) and Mike Shannon; Jackson Master builder. It was an honor meeting them and talking about guitar building with the men who built guitars for many of my idols. Someday I hope to be as skilled.