I don't feel like I chose it, I feel like it chose me! There were lots and lots of instruments I'd like to be able to play but guitar was the only one I felt I had to play. I knew learning would be difficult (especially without a teacher) but that didn't put me off.
I guess in the UK The Shadows and The Beatles made guitar more prominent and i guess I was obsessed with having one long before I actually got one. There were so many sounds, so many types of music - someone playing classical guitar, steel string acoustic accompanying folk and blues, finger picking instrumentals, slide, and there there were dozens of different sounds from the electric. Then there was the look of the thing - compared to a red Strat or sunburst Les Paul all other instruments were dull! There was something about the shape of acoustic guitars to. Guitars weren't just functional, they had style.
I was a big fan of the British band Family and I was fascinated at the parts John Whitney played on record - all the different sounds he got on just one track - acoustic 12 string, electric 12 string, finger picking, arpeggios, clean sounds, dirty sounds, slide. I wanted to BE him.
I was a very late starter and didn't get a guitar until I started working at seventeen/eighteen. It was a £14 steel string plywood acoustic. It took me months even to tune it but I never lost interest. My life was work, play the guitar, sleep with meals in between.
I never became a good player but learning to play was the best thing I ever did. I have keyboards, a bouzouki, a mandolin and a dulcimer which I use when recording but I have no passion for them the way I do guitar.