Oh how cool Devan! I woud love to have one of the 300 that's sweet! Yeah I do play! It's actually been about a year now that i've been practicing and such, which seems crazy cause it feels like yesterday I was asking my brother to teach me how to play a song. Time really does fly. I love the guitar, I feel like I don't do it enough justice half the time cause it has Joe's name on it and I feel like anything with Joe's name on it should be played with the highest caliber. But, I am learning and will get there eventually.
If a particular guitar *inspires* you to play, then that is a huge part of things right there! It is easy to become discouraged when you have a guitar that plays badly or that you don't feel like picking up. However, every guitarist has at least one guitar that the love to look at, pick up and play and as long as you have got that, you have got the motivation and reason enough to keep improving your playing.
Keep at it. I've never understood the old adage that beginner guitarists need cheap guitars to start on. Play whichever guitar pulls your heartstrings. Sounds like your JB Studio *means* something to you, and that is fantastic.
Don't worry about the playing level you are at - The beauty of the guitar is that you can choose to what level you want to play at. Some people are perfectly happy just banging out 3 chords around a camp fire sing along, and some people strive to play killer shred solos in front of 10000 people. It's all good.
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