I'm 57 and did my first gig in 1978. I'm OK as a player I guess, in the middle. Theres lots of guys on this forum that can play circles around me. I've been in bands pretty much since day 1. Occassionally I'd get irritated and swear off them and dive into solitary home recording, but then I'd always get bored and end up getting back into a band somehow. At 57, Father Time has caught up to me in a hard way. The amps are heavier than seven hells now and the wrist and fingers cant take the hours of practice and punishment they used to. Still, I enjoy playing, and like being in a band as long as its fun and drama-free. The decent sort of hassle-free gig every few weeks helps too. I've started playing a lot of lap steel, as thats much easier on the left hand wrist... and I assume at one point I may give up guitar and go into pedal steel.