I honestly never paid attention to guitars when I listened to music growing up as a kid. All I listened to was the lyrics. What little music I did listen to. I was never around any guitars growing up. And I could probably count on 1 hand the number of times I heard one being played in person by the time I got my first guitar. So when I decided I wanted to learn to play the guitar, I literally had no clue. My buddy had a drum set I played on a lot, and was rather quite good at it. But we wanted to start a band, and it was his drum set, so I had to pick another role. Playing the bass came to mind first, for about 2 weeks. But finally decided on guitar. When I was a teenager first learning guitar, I played clean tone for weeks, not knowing how to get a distorted sound. I didnt know shit. Didnt even know how to tune my guitar. Literally had to take my guitar to the local shop and have the guy tune it. The guy tuned it, but I know in the back of his mind, he was thinking..."This kid isnt going to last..." It was rough sailing. I listened to a lot of Poison and Blink 182 (LOL) and was blown away by their "crunchy" guitars after I started to learn. And here I was, playing clean tone through a used $30 Crate amp with my Tom Delonge squire. I thought that guitar was so badass. Like I said, I didnt know shit. I eventually discovered how to get a distorted sound via a Danelectro distortion pedal. I think it was $15 brand new in 2002. And the doors finally opened. I played that Tom Delonge squire for a good 3-4 months. My buddy who drummed, was also into Blink 182 so I took my guitar over to "jam". All I knew was a couple intros, but I felt like a legit rockstar. Couple months later, I went over to his house again to "jam". He had another buddy of his there to jam also, whom Id never met. He had a Crate Excalibur 90w half stack with a boss metal zone. Rocking some 6 string ESP/LTD guitar tuned to drop B with EMG-HZ pickups. And daaammn, from that moment on, I was sold on heavy metal. I had never heard anything like that. Ever. I knew from that day forward, metal was my genre. Even if I didnt know shit about it, that deep tone was already in my blood, I just needed introduced to it. I tried dropping my Tom Delonge squire down to drop B (lmao) with my 9-46 ernie balls, but that didnt work out so good. So I bought an LTD H-207 7 string and a Boss Metal Zone. Now keep in mind, I was playing Blink 182 intros on a Tom Delonge squire the same day I bought a 7 string and dropped it to B. That was a chore in itself. Like I said, I wasnt too good at tuning. Talk about night and day in terms of music. He introduced me to bands like Ill Nino/40 Below Summer/Taproot/Breaking Benjamin/Deftones. I learned about dropped power chords, palm muting etc etc. What stuck out in my mind the most, was how badass a palm mute sounded in a drop tuning. And from that moment on, I was SOLD. I never played a Blink riff again. Ive been palm muting and drop power chords ever since. Tell me your beginner stories and how you started or stumbled into the genre you love.