The Electric Guitar Renaissance

In January, 2005, the worship leader, Eric, put out the schedule.  I noticed my name with the listing "electric guitar" and said, "But I don't play the electric guitar...<think>...yet."  I had not owned an electric for 25 years (though I took my lessons on one), but I knew that the electric plays a very important role in contemporary music.  If I could master the instrument, my ability to contribute to the worship effort would double.  And my experience on the 414 had given me a gentle preparation. 

Eric graciously loaned me his Heartfield until I could get my own, and, to my lasting surprise, I started to get "the bug." This instrument was a wild stallion that needed taming.  Though the fretboard is similar, in contrast with the acoustic guitar, this adds a few...parameters:

And all of these have to be managed with extreme competence so that the required sound and playing styles can be switched between seamlessly on stage!

When I ordered my guitar, I was told it would be some time before it came in.  Guitar Center said I could borrow one of my choosing, so I found one well-suited for church (see pic). 

Finally, my Ibanez RG1570 arrived. Behold the Prescription for my midlife crisis:

The "glitter" comes from thousands of tiny blue and green slivers suspended in a deep-blue translucent finish and is amplified by the camera flash--not easy to capture in a photograph. They call it "mirage blue."