Experimented with violin, bass clarinet, and acoustic guitar no older than age 7. None of them took. In 7th grade dad gave me his old Gretsch guitar and again it didn't take. I had a problem with chording and truth be told wasn't interested in learning it. During this time I found myself being drawn towards the bass lines in the music and really really liked those low notes, so for Christmas 1986 (age 16) my parents bought me my first bass guitar. A cheap $135 Fender Music Master, I've never looked back and have been a bassoholic since.