Thanks so much to all of you for adding to this really interesting thread. Really useful for me and just great to read how you all approach learning guitar.
I'm the same as many of you.
Been playing about 30 years. Started at 12 when a friend of mine left his sister's guitar and basic chord book at my house and I basically 'borrowed' them for a while.
Moved onto electric and bought a few song books - Metallica Justice for All, AC/DC Highway to Hell etc.
Never had face to face lessons that have worked as I just haven't found a good teacher near where I lived.
Online vids have been really useful and I've used many for theory and technique. For this I actually think the theory stuff is more useful.
Learning this way though has led to me being unbalanced as a player, with my ear training being neglected and technique being the main focus.
I think a good teacher would have made me a better all round player and now I need to find ways to work on that stuff:)