I started playing guitar almost 40 years ago. During my teen years, I played quite a lot (only steel string acoustic - never owned an electric), then stopped for a few years.
In the early 80s, I went to work for Aramco in Saudi Arabia, where I met a guy called Dave Rooney who became a good friend (last heard of living in Canada many years ago) and - as he owned both a Les Paul and an acoustic - he inspired me to take up the guitar again. I owned about 5 or 6 acoustics back then.
When I came back from Saudi to the UK, I became a dad and had little time for playing. About 7 or 8 years ago, I became friendly with a gigging guitarist who has been playing for around 45 years. At the same time, I was doing some signage work for a music shop, and they talked me into buying a Strat.
I played it for about a week (never could get on with it), and a few months later bought my first Tele. I fell in love with the Telecaster, and now own 10 of 'em, along with 23 other guiatars (335s, Rics, etc.). I don't have time to gig, but about six months ago I bought myself another bass - a Rockwell Jazz bass clone. All I have done is upgrade the pups & pots, and fitted some new Rotosound strings.
Guess what? I'm now hopelessly addicted to the bass guitar - so much so that I rarely pick up any of my others!
I practice every day, and if somebody invited me to join a band tomorrow I'd snap their hand off.
Fancy getting to be such an old fart before discovering the joy of the bass.....