Wow this is like an AA meeting.
I am Kov, and I am a guitar player. I've been playing for 6 years.
Well, back in '04, we were waiting for a class in high school (well not exactly, 8th grade, but it was an 8 year highschool) and my best friend just started playing guitar. I asked him to show me something, so of course he taught me the intro to smoke on the water, what else. I was hooked. After the class, I went home, and hijacked my brother's acoustic (which he never let me touch), and his computer (to which the same restrictions applied). I got the tab for the Blues Brothers theme, and started struggling with it. Then my bro entered the room, and when he saw what I was trying to do, he encouraged me. Then I got my first acoustic first christmas (steel strings, yay for learning blues, nay for the skin on my rookie guitar player fingers :P I did actually play that thing until my fingers bled), got a teacher, who taught me for over a year, and he was strict about the theory, thank him for that. That summer I went to work, and devoted all my summer to earn money to buy an Epi LP standard +.
I stopped going to the teacher eventually, because I went to the United States for a year, where I signed up for the high-school jazz band, where I was thrown into the deep water in the sense of seeing chord names longer than the actual bar itself, and having to figure those out on the spot.
Funny thing is that I took my LP with me, and on Delta Airlines they forced me to check the guitar in, instead of taking it with me as carry-on luggage. When I arrived, my guitar did not, and it only turned up in 5 days. And it was broken. (Well, the finish was chipped on several places.) I went to the airport, to get something for the damages. I asked them to take pictures as evidence, and when they wanted to take a picture of the headstock, I told them to photograph the bell thing, which (as most epis do) had "Gibson" written on it, so instead of a 400$ guitar, I was at 2000$.
They told me to get an estimate for the damages, so as the sly fucker I am, I went to the local guitar shop for the estimate, slipped the luthier a 20, told him to write 600$ on the estimate, and I promised him to spend the money there. So I have a mexican strat also.
That was my story. (Which included insurance fraud. What the hell, fuck the system.