Ok, here's the deal. I'm a 44 yr old guy who hasn't "really" played guitar seriously since I was 22. I can still play chords and what not but never really got into leads and scales since I went off to college and other things came up. The last 22 years I have spent working and taking care of my wife and kids (19 &15). I have had/have a very successful career and I am financially secure to the point where in the given state of the economy I feel very fortunate.
But now.............its time to do something for me. I am going to start up on the lessons to learn the scales and everything I need to learn to start playing leads. I have always been a Deadhead and have always loved the sound Jerry was able to achieve thru his playing and gear. While I could easily plop down all the funds I need to reach my goal right now, I am in no hurry as I still have a lot of learning to do and can piece the gear together as I go. I have read a lot of threads on these boards and I will admit I'm not a electronics, sound or effects specialist so a lot of stuff I understand yet would not know how to put it together. Hopefully you all can help me if you have the time and patience. I may never play live or get to jam with others as of now since if I practice for 5 yrs Ill be damn near 50!!!............but having the gear to mess with is nice. That being said and based on my readings on these forums a good set up seems to include (if I'm missing anything feel free to add to it) the following:Cab and Amps
2 x 12 Cab with JBL speakers - though I saw someone here who builds and sells them for around $400-$500 (I'm not to handy in that dept)
Korg rack tuner or similiar
Amplifier - McIntosh or other. Does not have to be an old amp. Prefer a new one even if I have to sacrifice little on the "exact" sound size.
not sure what else on this end........Guitar
Currently going to use my 1979 Guild S60D (not my actual guitar but I have the same exact one) until I get better and then spend the money on a guitar with the OBLE and the unity gain buffer pre amp.Effects Pedals
Haven't reached that far yet but still doing some research on what would be necessary.
I know you all are thinking, "this guy is nuts!!" Maybe, but I believe if you do something you do it right the first time.....its not like Im getting a wolf or a tiger at the same time here....I just want to start with the right sound gear and then work my way to a new guitar. I can live with my current guitar and pedals routed thru the mono until I get where I want to be then upgrade it to fit the existing rack I would using.
Assuming you all think Im not crazy....would this set up be a good start?