John L. Kokel has lived all over the eastern U.S., and even in Europe. Although he has dabbled in lead guitar wankery for almost 30 years, his real love is the gear itself. He has done plenty of work as a live guitar tech, but spending two years studying guitarcraft under the tutelage of a leading luthier was “instrumental” in taking the game to the next level. John’s lifetime music catalog is a blend of AOR, metal and prog, although 80s pop remains a guilty pleasure. His hobbies include writing, guitars, guns, and motorcycles. His goal is to finish and publish a viable novel someday. He resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his soulmate Jennifer. Both ride motorcycles, and enjoy seeing America and all the live music it has to offer.