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  1. Both will be in my collection, we'll see how it turns out Thanks for the recommendation. I've been trying to find some videos on youtube to get an idea of 12 strings to know what to expect, they sounds great (when someone else plays them) Will look them up, thanks I've seen a few youtubers use an electric for solo covers and they sound pretty good. As you suggest though, my rationale for getting a 335 is more to provide another tone/instrument to include as I get better and begin to record covers and later original content. Considering the I like r&b/soul from the
  2. The "best" is relative. The best store for lowest price? overall service? fastest shipping? best return policy? widest selection? best assortment of mid-tier? As most have stated if you want a thoughtful buying experience and solid after-purchase care go to Sweetwater. If you want a wide selection in terms of inventory and price then maybe GC. If you want something high end then maybe one of the other sites if Sweetwater doesn't have what you want.
  3. Thanks everyone for all your feedback! I seem to have forgotten electrics are really popular around here lol. So the thing is I actually prefer acoustics to electrics on some level, in fact one of my favorite singers changed their image to become a singer-songwriter, the first time I heard their songs (20 years ago) something in me needed to learn to play those songs and six months ago I finally picked up the guitar. Concurrently I've always enjoyed the sounds of an electric guitar when listening to music, in fact next to the voice lead guitars are probably my favorite aspect of a song (actual
  4. The versatility of the 335 is the very reason it's on my list. Initially it was a Les Paul since it's a smaller body and I like the way they look. Thanks for the underscoring the versatility of the 335. Well I'll be buying from GC (don't shoot) since I have a card with them and that banner J-45 re-issue really really needs to be in my collection. However, it feels too similar to a HB to justify getting as a second guitar and at that price, but then again it seems like one has to jump on what they are after when it's available rather than waiting. Also being still pretty inexperienced
  5. I've been learning guitar for coming up on 6 months now and have been thinking of getting another guitar (well several though one at a time). Today the high e string has an odd metallic almost sitar sound, a quick search indicates its likely the nut or saddle, but it'll need to go to a luthier either way. Taking it in will most likely mean leaving it there for at least a couple of days, thus leaving me with what could end up a perfect reason to get a second guitar. I'm on a Hummingbird and was considering one of the D28 variations, an ES-335, or J45. I'm still finding my feet, but learn
  6. What a beauty!! Just as soon as I stopped thinking about it, here you go showing off your 1960 reissue. You're definitely making me itch for another HB lol. Would love to hear some sound samples if you have any.
  7. Please forgive me if this has already been discussed. Recently Gibson announced an overhaul of their app. The redesign now includes a learning component featuring AR learning modules and song tabs. There's also an option to schedule a virtual tech appointment to have a Gibson technician help you with a number of services - from string changes to setups and so much more. Of course the tuner present in the previous version is still there and along with ability to shop the online store and catch the latest from Gibson TV. Looks like Gibson is entering the app learning market to compete with
  8. Youtube really has just about everything! I found a couple of videos demonstrations of Virtuoso cleaner, one of which was on a satin finish. Though the cleaner didn't seem to add high gloss comparable to an HB Standard it did add some shine (from what I could tell from a 9 year old 480p video). So to everyone that's commented thank you all for your invaluable information, when many of you indicated there would be a shine I was concerned there would be a degree of glossiness which I'm absolutely trying to avoid. In the end, the two yellow Gibson cloths - one damp and the other dry - removed the
  9. Thanks! Was hoping to use something a bit more thorough since it's technically never been cleaned, but since a damp cloth seems to be the most recommended I won't chance it with anything more aggressive...at least for the time being 5 different types of cleaners and water alone is my best bet, go figure lol. Naptha seems to get a lot of good recommendations from those that use it and long time guitar players seem to swear by its effectiveness. I'm wondering how it will do with the thin kind of matte nitro finish (not sure if Vintage Limited finish is also VOS). I hear you loud an
  10. It's been a month since the HB Vintage came home and the fingerprints and smudges are getting annoying, so figured it was time for a cleaning. To date it's mostly been wiping the strings with one of the two string cleaners and using either one of those yellow cloths from Gibson or the blue GC brand cloths they give you for free, but there are some areas on the body that feel a bit gummy (mostly areas that come into contact with the body). So far I have a few cleaning sets: - Dunlop 65 kit (polish/cleaner combo, lemon oil, and string cleaner) - Virtuoso (cleaner and polisher) - M
  11. The age difference explains why you're unfamiliar with the reference, but for years I thought Stairway to Heaven was banned from guitar stores near and far lol. Aren't the pay and benefits the only reason people really go to work, otherwise we'd all stay home and play guitar all day. Good on your for sticking with it and kicking cancer's *ss! Yikes! Sounds like a gnarly sight. A West Indian friend told me to pack gashes and cuts with salt, turns out they heal a lot quicker and with very minimal scarring
  12. Rick Beato touched on string thickness and how thinner strings are more comfortable play than thicker strings. After going through the various brands of 12s I have now thinner strings will be on the to do list. Thanks for the tip about playing closer to the fingernail, aside from the fourth finger it works well! This week I noticed my fingers didn't seem to hurt as much and I've been able to practice for 2-3 hours straight
  13. The movie stars Mike Myers, the guy from Austin Powers, so it's that kind of humor. As a child in the early 90s it was amongst my favorite movies, not least of which was due to Bohemian Rhapsody and yes, Led Zeppelin. Was BN RR a passenger or cargo line?
  14. Thanks! He's pretty thorough from the videos I've gone through so far. Justin really is the MVP for making almost all his lessons available for free. I sing as well and figured it'd be a great (and relatively easy for a beginner) song to get into playing and singing simultaneously. Is Stairway to Heaven as popular a song to play as Wayne's World would suggest lol?
  15. Justinguitar has been a good learning tool so far and he has chord drills, with time (and practice of course) those flub free chords will come That she is, and plays just as wonderfully! Oh! The Beatles reference completely eluded me. That's an impressive tenure! Do you really like water or was it a coincidence attributed to your field? During my childhood I'd go to the gym on Langely a bit..I do remember the race track but never paid attention to any buildings nearby. I was in the Army ('08-14 in MI), though never lucked up with an assignment in the 757. So far the jo
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