THanks for the encouragement and the ideas to try. As a matter of fact I probably do press to hard even though I try not to. I'll work on that. I agree Elmo that its not the guitar, its something Im doing. My teacher has a fine old Gibson, and when I played it I sounded flat and he just wailed on mine so its not that. By the way Lord, I really love the blues and Im gonna need a good vibrato but I need tone worst and first. Again thanks a lot guys for taking the time to reply.