I searched the forum here and didn’t see much (or anything) about Jim Lill here. Thought I might save you folks some money?
Jim Lill’s youtube channel takes all that crap that we (and all other music forum people) debate endlessly about tonewood, and sustain, and vintage vs modern, and tube vs solid state, and Brand X vs Brand Y, etc - and he ACTUALLY tests it, records it, lets you listen and then: tactfully, studiously, masterfully, never tells you his opinion. He lets you decide. The line he repeats over and over is, “I don’t know anything about X, I’m just a performer, but…” and then he lets you actually listen. Insert whatever topic for “X” - wood, circuits, acoustics, whatever he happens to be testing.
All of us internet folks talk and talk and talk. His entire channel is actual, real world, practical testing of all that crap we talk about. And he lets us decide. And if we’re honest with ourselves about what we’re hearing - it should give us some real pause about what “we know” and what we read. Turns out - almost none of it is true.
My favorite video was testing amps. “Where does the tone come from in an amp?”. He painstakingly eliminates one option after another and concludes that the ONLY things that matters are 1) distortion, 2) EQ, and 3) what order those first two come in. Using that knowledge he built an “amp” out of a metal toolbox using guitar pedals and breadboards - and throwing a switch he can make his toolbox sound like a Fenders mid 60’s Twin, a VOX AC30 and a Marshall JVM410. It’s not a modeling amp - it just uses the same distortion and EQ, in the same order, as the original amps. The similarity his toolbox comes to $30,000 worth of vintage amps is astounding.
And my favorite quote from him is, “Have you ever heard the phrase, writing about music is like dancing about architecture? People have been saying things for years. What I did was show you sounds for you to listen to. You can decide for yourself…”
Sorry if this post opens up a new rabbit hole for you - BUT, it might just save you money in the long run.