Ya, I’m not an advanced player either, so I don’t really know what’s normal on a guitar. I still hear a little choking on my big bends, but somehow the new strings and top wrap made the playability on my guitar feeling good. The guitar feels so good to play now I’m excited to actually take it out and go crazy! Now I want all my guitars to have the same setup. I’ll get this guitar looked at later this month and I’ll post another update just to have an end to the story. But as of right now, I wouldn't want to spend 175-200 bucks to get my guitar "fixed."