I only started playing 6 string about 18 months ago. I thought it was about time I had a proper stab at it.
But bass, I have been playing for 45 years. It started at a club my father used to take me to on a Sunday morning. They had a musicians' open house where the local, mainly jazz, players would come to jam and have a few pints. My father could play piano, trumpet and clarinet, although we had no instruments in our house. He would sometimes join in on the piano (easy to play son, just pressing switches on and off). Looking back, the casual and happy atmosphere in the back room bar was relaxing and invigorating all at once. Amongst the various players there was a trio of double bass and two violins, the violin players being twin sisters in their 70's. They were amazing; their joy in the music was infectious. It was fast 1930's style jazz - none of the navel gazing rubbish that was to follow from the 60s on.
There was no way a (just) teenage boy was going to learn a girlie instrument like the violin, so I started with the double bass. At first it was the school orchestra, then the regional schools' orchestra, then a local folk group, then a school avant garde jazz ensemble . . then one day I was asked to sub for a local rock band. I had by this time already gone for an electric bass (do you know how heavy a double bass is? And you can't carry it on your bike), and duly turned up. I loved the volume, the pace, the rhythms. And being on a bigger stage with flashing lights and a smoke machine. That hooked me on rock and it's pretty much all I have played since.