The David Schryver guitar page
|When I was younger, I was a fairly capable piano and saxophone player. Often in life, we make decisions that we later regret. Early in high school, I got distracted. I won't elaborate on the details, but my career as a pianist and saxophone player came to a screeching halt. I did take up guitar a year or so later and for many years, that was the only instrument I played.|
|Electric Bass Guitars||Acoustic Guitars||The fact that I've
played guitar since I was a teenager is not an indicator of my ability.
I make no pretense about being good. I call myself a "campfire
guitarist". I play for my own enjoyment and my primary goal
is to have fun with it.
My first guitar was a violin shaped electric bass. I have no idea what brand it was, but I know it wasn't a Hofner! Paul McCartney played a Hofner violin shaped bass when he played with the Beatles and I have always loved that style.
I soon learned that I wasn't going to do much solo stuff with a bass, so I traded it for an arch-top, semi hollow body electric 6 string. Again, no memory of brand, but I had fun "jamming" with friends.
I have no pictures of my first bass or electric 6-string.
My guitar playing took a back seat to many other activities, such as raising a family, a career and life in general. From the late 70's basically through 2002, I only played a couple of times a year.
In the fall of 2001, as I was recovering from some fairly serious surgery, I had time to reflect on a few things. Kicking around the house for a few weeks, I had time to spend with my piano and guitars. I soon realized I wanted something a little better. Since that time, I have owned a number of guitars.
I play regularly now. I am more or less the spokesperson for Ham Jam. From 2008 until 2014, we played on Tuesday evenings between March and December in the community room of the Dexter Fire Hall . We lost that venue and since 2015 have been playing at the Brownville Fire Hall. I'm not much better than I ever was, but I'm having more fun than ever. In 2017 another bass player joined the group so he and I now alternate on that. This has freed me up to play different songs on the 6-string. When we are in Florida, I play bass at the jam in our park and participate in several other sessions there.
Pictures of my current guitars are on the left. Most of my past guitars appear at the bottom of this page. Clicking on them will take you to details for each.
I also own a couple of amps and two PA systems. I have a Behringer, 20 channel, 1600 Watt system that we use at Ham Jam. This is complete with speakers, monitors and multiple speaker and mic stands and mics. I also have a 200 Watt, 6 channel Carvin system. I have this set up in our music room with a Tascam 2488neo, 24-track digital recording studio and our Karaoke system. In January 2017, I bought a system for use in Florida.