i played all through high school, but just sort of stopped one day. Ive got my first guitar which is just a cheap Ibanez Stagestar, but i cant ever get rid of it cuz its my first guitar and i played all the gigs i ever did on it. It needs a bit of servicing after hibernating for over 6 years but yea lol.
i also recently bought an Epiphone Les Paul Studio. Its only a cheap one but I always wanted a Les Paul as Jimmy Page was and is my fav guitarist. I'll post some pics up when i get a chance.
for now its sore finger tips and lots of practice ahead.
I love how much denial i have, i thought i could jump back on and bust out the solos i used to do with my eyes closed. What used to seem slow seems bullshit fast now LOL
I know how you feel mate, I put it down for a few years when I started listening to rap/hip hop and my parents were devastated. Once I got past the whole rap phase I picked it up again and never looked back.
If you are looking for something cool to cut your teeth on, 'Since I've been loving you' by Zep is a fantastic way to re-introduce yourself to scales and modes etc. My warm up is to play every note between the first and 7th frets then back again, concentrate on clarity rather than speed. Once it becomes comfortable, try putting some musicality into it i.e. think of a song in your head and hit the notes to the beat//use string skipping etc.
I still can't shred a solo as fast as I would like but I am having informal lessons with a guy near my house that is a studio guitarist & his playing ability is out of this world.