Just signing in as something of a lurker - although I have played guitar in the past its been some 16 years since an injury which stopped me playing and while I am considering making the effort to start again, I'm very much waiting for inspiration before taking the plunge - thats where this forum (and SS.org!) comes in.
Back then (as a child of the 80's ) I listened to a lot of the really serious contemporary guitarists (Becker, Friedman, Lane, Vai, Petrucci etc etc) and had a fair amount of chops (didn't we all? ;p ) but few opportunities to play with a band.
Took a few lessons with Shawn Baxter and Phil Hilborne (did a couple of courses at GIT) and while I had a "road map" for things to study to really improve (many thanks to Phil Hilborne - the man is a total legend) I never really got to grips with that regime before my accident and ended up selling all my gear shortly afterwards - being convinced I wouldn't play again (I can't use my fourth finger to any great extent, and my third is intermittent.......I'm no Django however ^^).
Now, I'm far more open minded and listening to anything I deem worthy - to put it in terms of gear back then I used an RG550 Ibanez and a Carvin DC200 with scalloped neck (+ the ubiquitous JCM900 Stack)....before swapping to a Triaxis/midi setup....now, I'd be happy with a Neck-through, fixed bridge 7 String (Carvin, ESP, Schecter, I'm not fussy) and perhaps a line6 Vetta for some variety of tones.
Anyway!! Blame Hufschimd and Distressed_Romeo for my arrival
I never knew about all those injuries. It must be really difficult not to be able to play your favourite instrument due to them.
Here's hoping you can get on top of it!