Hey all. I'm Malikon and I've stumbled over this way through the MLP portal. It was a shiny portal, lots of color and spinny lights. I was gonna poke it with a stick but then Thump and Colchar threw me through the door. At some point I think Markerdown even bonked me with a guitar. It was all very frightening. When I woke up Flick was rubbing my head and going, "shhhhhhh" Pretty creepy. What does a roofy taste like? I'm a guitar player in my 30's and I'm currently living in Chicago. I've been playing 25 years and I front the Malikon band here in Chicago, (which is currently being restructured.) I generally prefer Strats and Les Pauls, though I love the look of the SG and always have. Hearing Tony Iommi play guitar is my earliest memory from childhood and I think it left an impression on me. I've always been attracted to SG's, I just tend to have a hard time playing them. Though a Telecaster and an SG have been on my GAS list for years. At the moment I'm currently playing with a Goldtop Bonamassa Les Paul, a modded Desert Burst Standard Les Paul, and my newest git-fiddle is a faded cherry burst ESP/LTD 400vf single cut model, which basically looks like a honeyburst Les Paul with a pointy horn. I also have a 50's replica 2 tone Stratocaster I'm rather fond of. For gigs I use a Marshall halfstack and a few pedals for overdrive, chorus, and tremelo. And at home I like to use a Fender Mustang I amp for practice. I also teach out of my studio and give lessons over the web through Skype to people. Skype has turned out to be pretty cool like that. Teaching someone in Japan is something I never would've imagine I'd be able to do 10 years ago. In my spare time I work construction semi-part time which gives me some extra $$$ but still leaves lots of time for making music. some pics, since we all like pics. Nothing fancy, but they get the job done. They're players, every one. Thanks for the invite guys. Hopefully this place will be as silly, fun and informative as MLP is. Rock on muh bruthas.