I was given my first bass guitar when I was 15 years old by my best friend in high school, who also exposed me to punk rock with bands like, NOFX, The Descendants, and AFI. After about five months of picking up the BASSics, I started borrowing friends’ guitars for the next two years. Models from Ibanez to Fender and even an odd Takamine Explorer copy. I figured out how to make the few chord shapes that my favorite bands used in their songs and instantly started writing my own songs and started my own band. I bought MY first guitar at a pawn shop with my graduation money that I received from my parents. It was a neon green Ibanez RG 550 with two snakes inlayed and wrapping together at the 12th fret. So 80s!
A self-taught guitarist until I began attending college, where I received my Associates Degree studying music theory, history and psychology with a minor in business. During that time, I worked at a local music store for about two years in my home town and made it a point to pick up and learn at least one song on every instrument that we had available. I quickly found out that the clarinet and I do not like each other!
Fortunately, I was also exposed to many forms of music and guitar playing styles by the staff and instructors there. I owe a lot to these people in educating me in forms of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country/Bluegrass and classical guitar. This is where I learned some of the most important lessons that shaped me into the player and person that I am today.
I was in a number of metal, hardcore, and post-hardcore bands in the local music scene that allowed me to tour from coast to coast including the Vans Warped Tour in 2012. I was involved in releasing a small handful of records that I am still proud of. Most recently, I played bass and toured with the melodic hardcore band Vessels, who are still playing and touring today. I am currently lead vocalist/guitarist in an all original band called Teleplay that takes most of our influences from bands like Minus the Bear, Jimmy Eat World, Daft Punk, and The Killers. I also play guitar for my Church’s worship team.
I am in the process of starting my first Warmoth build Jazzcaster. In which I plan on creating with custom pickup routs and bridge options, Alpine White finish and will be doing a hand-relic job on the body, neck, and hardware. I am a self-proclaimed gear junky in guitars, amps and world instruments. But, I am a pedal fanatic at heart. You can find me researching new, interesting, and vintage pedals to color my sound and inspire songwriting from weird and unique effects.
Until I finish my Warmoth Jazzcaster, I am playing an LTD EC-256 with custom wound pickups into my pedal board; Barber Tone Press Compressor>Xotic EP Booster>JHS Superbolt Overdrive>Ibanez Tube Screamer>Ernie Ball VP Jr.>TC Electronics Polytune>Line 6 M13>CMAT Mods Tone Buffer. This all goes into my ’65 Fender Twin Reverb reissue. I have plans to take out my M13 and have all those preset effects replaced with boutique, hand-wired analog pedals. My wish list at this time is a Death By Audio Apocalypse Fuzz, Strymon Blue Sky Reverberator, JHS Panther Analog Delay, Boss DD20 Digital Delay, Electro-Harmonix Hog 2, Cusack Tap A Whirl Tremolo, Radial DI and another CMAT Mods Buffer. Christmas is just around the corner (wink, wink). I also have a Taylor 110 CE Acoustic that I have had longer than any other piece of gear and plan to be buried with her.
I have been working in customer service for 15 years. During that time I have managed music stores, restaurants, coffee shops and was the lead training supervisor for a competitive airline. I am very excited to have found myself on the team here at Warmoth Custom Guitar and Bass parts. I look forward to hooking you up and making your dream guitars a reality!