Sia's Vintage Guitars
I started playing the guitar when I was 16 years old, back in the late 1990s. The Internet was just starting to become practically accessible at home in India, and it had a repository of information on learning guitar but none of it was structured or systematic as the courses we find today. So, I relied on personal tutors instead. I did not have good luck with them and finally reached a point (three years later) where I got tired of purposelessly practicing scales for hours every day without any idea of what to do with them. I quit!
Then, 18 years later, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, I was looking for a project to keep me busy post-work hours while we were all stuck at home. I noticed my old Ibanez buried in the attic one day, and figured it might make an interesting restoration project - maybe I could transfer some of my vintage pen restoration skills to guitar restoration.
The Ibanez restoration project was one of those rare instances where everything went exactly as planned, even though the procedures were way out of my skill set. At the end of the 3-month repair journey, I was left with a guitar that looked so ready to play that I just had to try it. Playing guitar is like riding a bike! My fingers took only a few minutes to remember how to move. Of course, I was terribly rusty, but playing the guitar that day rekindled an old passion! And so, I started the journey of re-learning how to play - this time facilitated by sophisticated courses available online. I’ve been practicing about 60-90min 5-6 times a week since 1st Jan ‘21. And while I am still at best an intermediate-beginner, it’s becoming more and more fun each day.
My musical influences have changed over time. Earlier on, it was Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash, and the glam rock lead guitarists of the '80s. Today, it's Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, and John Mayer.
Now about this website... It’s definitely not to showcase my musical abilities or knowledge of vintage guitars. I possess neither, as yet! Instead, it's merely a repository of information on (a) my slowly growing, very modest, vintage guitar collection and (b) documentation on my guitar restoration work. In all honesty, this website was made just for me as a private site. But, I decided to make it public just in case others might find some of the information beneficial. Enjoy!