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H535 and H530 are a great combination. I started with the 535 many years ago and added the 530 to the collection only 2y ago or so. I too tried different strings and finished up with D'Addario 11/50 J

So last evening after having a little zoom jam with my 530, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, and connecting with my wife (not sure about order of priority there), I opened up the box and took t

Go with amber.  Here's how they look on my H-555.

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On 11/12/2020 at 3:46 PM, Rob2020 said:

I expect the neck on this will feel very much the same as the neck on my 530, but I don't know how to describe that other than it's more slim than chunky

The neck on the 535 feels a bit wider than on the 530, but I haven't measured the necks so this is purely subjective

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8 hours ago, Rob2020 said:

Do you find that these strings ("Chromes", right?), need some playing time to mellow out and sound good?  I've tried Chromes on several guitars over the years and as I recall my initial reaction has been that I don't care for them and take them off quickly. 

Yes they're chrome, not nickel wound. They are brighter striaght up and do tone down a little with age.

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24 minutes ago, LeBaron said:

Yes they're chrome, not nickel wound. They are brighter striaght up and do tone down a little with age.

ok I'll be patient this time : )

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I've been having a hard time keeping it in tune.  The G string's intonation was way off.  This evening I swapped out the plain 3rd (a 17) for a wound 3rd (an 18 from Stringjoy) and that made all the difference. Very happy now.

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On 11/15/2020 at 4:33 PM, Rob2020 said:

ok I'll be patient this time : )

I'm enjoying a set of Chrome 10s on my 530 - especially for finger picking blues.  I'll try a set on my 535.

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thanks, but if I went with a solid color, it would be amber, not gold

Like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T7N75YC/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyMkpTR1M3MFFETTQzJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTIxMzI5MjVKTFNJVVU2OUk4VCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwODI2ODA5M01DNFlQRDlSWlFIRiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

but I'm not sure of quality of Amazon v. Mojotone and I'd like to patronize Mojotone if possible 

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31 minutes ago, Rob2020 said:

too dark for me, check out this vintage 59

Gibson / ES-335 TDN / 1959 / Blonde / Vintage Guitar, feel free to share  this beautiful guitar | Gibson electric guitar, Vintage guitars, Guitar

 

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Recently I saw a vintage ES335 with black reflectors with silver inserts and it looked good. The only guitars I like gold speedknobs on are '54 or older goldtops LPs, or the reissues. But I did put them on a cheap epi archtop olympic that I electrified for my solo gigs. I got ones the were vintage tinted...

 

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I've ordered the gold speedknobs.  I think black/silver look great on a cherry ES but not natural.  Also a cream selector switch knob (and a couple of knobs for my Tele).  The speedknobs are on backorder but there's no rush.  Pics will come of course.

Funny sometimes how conservative we all are on our gear, and thanks for the suggestions

But much more importantly, last night I learned the difference between sus4 and add4 chords :)

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On 11/18/2020 at 4:14 PM, Rob2020 said:

Black or gold with silver inserts?

And what exit? (4 for me)

I would say black with silver insert, but gold with silver inserts would look good on natural as well.

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21 hours ago, TalismanRich said:

I like the gold top hats with silver inserts on a sunburst, but for a natural finish, the black speed knobs are a nice touch.   It needs a bit of contrast.

thanks -- it's all a matter of personal taste and preferences which can change from time to time.  And it's easy and inexpensive to change knobs. :)

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