I doubt I could even remember all the guitars I have had. My pride and joy was my Sandoval Rhoads Polka Dot V that was stolen from em.
sickening, I had a Gibson SG stolen in a break in a few years ago, fucking junkie shitbags, only consolation is the guy clearly didnt have an eye for gear and left my HiWatt head that was next to it, that thing is worth 4 times as much as the axe (or he probably just didnt want to carry it, its heavy as fuck).
Gear thieves are the dirt worst, take my money, take my car, take the missus but leave my damn axe alone.
The thing that helped me, when I taught myself years ago, was to find the sheet music for songs I already knew well and learn how to play those. Pick up a fakebook at a music store. They don't cost too much, and usually have a lot of songs in them you might already know.
As you learn to play the songs you know, it helps your confidence, and you get better at doing things like transitioning between chords. Really listen
to the songs on your radio or MP3. See if you can pick up chord changes or strum patterns. The more you do it, the better you will get at it.
everyone Im teaching atm is mid to late 20s and at that stage where they always wanted to learn but never got round to it, its harder to learn new things as you get older and so many people get this thing into their head of "I cant do it, my fingers just dont bend that way" which is bollocks, anyone can learn with enough practice but thats the thing - practice is much more important than the actual lesson and its not fun to spend a few hours a week doing something you cant quite do, anyone with perseverance will do it.
I usually start by finding 2 easy songs they like and learn those, works best if theyre fans of Dylan or Neil Young in particular as pretty much all there songs are easy fuck to learn in a few chords, or best of all is BRUCE's Nebraska album, the title track and State Trooper contain pretty much all you need to learn most blues and folk structures and are piss easy to play.