Re: Dave Guardala (awesome)
I've been playing a Guardala 'Traditional' gold plate since about '84. I picked it up at his shop in New York, stopped by and tried a bunch. The Studio played great, but was to bright for me. The gold plated traditional sounded smoother, rounder than the silver plate- so I spent the extra cash and bought that one.
Still play it exclusively, works great on my Ref 36.