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Preliminary Review: Gibson Blueshawk

I have had the Blueshawk home for about a week now (549.00 plus tax). I
have played it about 30 hours so far (yes it is true, much to the detriment
of my productivity at work!). I will use the 10 (perfect) to 1 (worst)
system. I had planned to review this in a couple of weeks, but think little
will change in that time so I am putting it out now. I am not affiliated
with Gibson, or any of the other products discussed in this review. I have
played on and off for about 25 years now. Until the past year and a half
mainly acoustic styled playing. I do not play professionally at this time,
I did work as a musician about 20 years ago (never famous


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