As a teenager, Steve was
influenced by the guitar generation and the excitement
of rock 'n' roll. This led to his receiving his first
guitar at age 12, a Christmas present from his parents.
an an f-hole acoustic, which prepared him for his
signature Gibson ES-175. Inspired by artists as diverse
as Bill Haley and the Comets, Les Paul, Jimmy Byant,
Ernie Ford (whose band included Speedy West), Steve taught himself to play the guitar, eventually
performing with friends first at youth clubs and later
at local pubs and ballrooms.