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  1. I just bought at 2010 CS ES-355 (bigsby) and the serial number suggests a nashville build according to this website. http://www.guitardaterproject.org/gibson.aspx The last 3 digits of serial number list the # of units made prior to yours BEGINNING AT 500. So if your serial ends in 501, it's the first made that year.
  2. I've been a professional ProTools recording and mixing engineer for 20 years. As a film and T.V. re-recording mixer, there is no other viable option. I have friends who use logic or digital performer on a hobby level that swear they are great tools, but I've not had fist hand experience on them.
  3. To quote Jerry Garcia . . . "If you get confused, listen to the music play." The best attribute ANY player can have IMO is great ears and a willingness to listen. I would support those that suggest playing with others is a huge key. Learning when not to play, how to syncopate with other musicians and instruments, and learning the non verbal communication that takes place in an ensemble are of utter importance. I've always said that any tool can learn where to fret with the left hand, but "playing" is done with the right. Swing, feel, timing, attack, taste are all derived from right hand technique. I'm a huge fan of "fakebooks." Those music books that notate the melody line and simply give you the open chord form for each bar are wonderful tools for learning the general composition and constructs of any song. Add to that some very basic alternate chord voices (in the case of a G chord - your open G, E form Bar on 3rd fret, D form on the 7th fret, and A form on the 10th fret etc.) and listen listen listen. Most licks come off those very basic chord forms, and putting them in your back pocket will be of great value. I'm a self taught player, so my language might be completely nonsensical. Forgive me if that's the case. Hope that helps! Happy Playing! GP
  4. My first amp was (and I'm sooooo ashamed to admit) a Peavy Bandit. It was a solid state piece of junk, but I did sit in my adolescent bedroom copping my first licks off the radio with it, so there is some nostalgic love in the memory. My first gigging amp was a sweet silver faced fender twin that the in-house sound engineer at a place I played at regularly when starting out, had rewired to run of 2 6L6s instead of 4. It got a great driven tone at a reasonable stage volume and was simply a thing of beauty. My first "real" amp was a mesa boogie mark IV. long chassis head that I ran through a GK 2x12 cab. That puppy was the most versatile amp I've ever known, with 3 discreet channels (clean / dirty rhythm / lead) each with it's own 3 band EQ, presence control, pre-gain, and volume. Had a select switch to have it run in "triode" or "Pentode" which is to say you could run the signal through 3 pins of the 6L6 tubes instead of all 5 giving you great warm drive at reasonable volume levels. It could do it all. Like a boob, I sold it when I moved west in the late 90s and bought one of the first Line6 2x12 combos. It was pure garbage. I ended up trading it, along with a mid 60s wurlitzer suitcase keys rig for another Mesa Mark IV. This time in a single 12 combo. I adore that amp. and it's my go-to today for anything from a garage jam with buddies, to small indoor gigs, to medium and large outdoor venues. I'm a sucker for the boutique amps. One of my favorite quotes is a lil gem from Pete Townsend found in Rick Dienner's "Guitar Player's Handbook." He says (verbatim) - a guitar amp is every bit an instrument that a guitar is. I firmly believe this to be true. I've never purchased an amp based on specs, reputation, or appearance. Go to it. Plug your #1 axe into it. Dial in some tone. Only your ears can tell you which is the right amp for you. All this said, I'm currently on the search for my next amp and am looking seriously at Matchless. GP
  5. I'm new here' having just bought a 2010 CS ES -355. I did a Google search for "gibson serial numbers" and found this site.... http://www.guitardaterproject.org/gibson.aspx It explains well the meaning of each digit in your number. According to it, my 2010 355 was built in Nashville. FWIW GP
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