I started playing bass at age 8. It was my older brother's Gemco bass. Gemco was a store chain in Sacramento, California that sold groceries, and other stuff~ the precursor for 'Walmart' or 'Costco'. They had guitars and basses hanging along the check out aisle. The bass cost $35.00. I'm left handed and learned to play Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles and Deep Purple songs for the next two years...on an "upside down" right handed bass. At age 10, my older brothers had decided I was going to be a bass player for life, and to my horror, changed the nut and strings around so my E string was on the TOP OF THE FRETBOARD! They said I would thank them later when it came to reading music and playing with other guitarist's. I got a Danelectro bass at age 10 in 1975, played it until 14 when I smashed it at a backyard keg party "Who style". Then got a lefty Gibson bass w/ EMG's, then a custom Carvin LB-75 with maple fretboard, and finally a lefty Modulus Graphite 5 string (the 2nd one ever made in SF, CA). Had the pleasure of going to 'Bass Clinics' with Stu Hamm, Alphonso Johnson, and Michael Manring, after the incredible luck of studying jazz theory and playing in a 32 piece 'Jazz Orchestra' lead by Ray Brown. I feel very blessed to have met most of my heros and legends in the Rock Pantheon, and cherish the wisdom and knowledge they've pass on to me about music, but more about real life. REAL songs have meaning & emotions, and are crafted from real life experiences. You can FEEL IT when you listen to the music. This is what makes an Artist vs a 'Music Star'....massive difference.