Ed Roman Calls It G.a.s.
Starting when I was about 12 with a 12 string Aria and a 6 string acoustic that I could run over to mom and dad's to get the name of it for you, but that's not the point.
During my teenage years I played around with keyboards and drums too, but never really put down the guitar. When I bought my own first red Aria Pro II (still have it, teleman can vouch for it) I was on top of the world. That guitar has followed me through about six bands and was the one I was playing that gave me tendonitis.
Well it wasn't the cause, I was installing car audio with hand screw drivers and such...
Now, I have twelve 6 string guitars (one is an Ovation acoustic), one 7 string, a mandolin, and three basses (a Cort Steinburger headless, a Fender Pbass, and a Series 10 five string)
I may have some expensive guitars and I have some really cheap guitars. I don't care about the price.
Stevie Ray's number one was a pawn shop guitar, and I'm not proud either. I can set up any guitar to play like I want it too. I may have to rebuild it completely, but that's part of the fun.
By the way, in case you were wondering, I was playing Vai, Satch, and VanHalen when I gave myself tendonitis.
I now play with more of the blues feel, mostly because I don't care about all of the scales anymore. I still love hard rock and speed metal.
That's one thing I've learned over my 25+ years of playing, the feel. You have to feel the music, or what's the point?
If you can't get across the emotion that you had when you wrote the piece, then why bother?