Bought the same guitar a couple of weeks ago and love it! I don't really care about dings so that depends on you. As for the setup, I had one done as soon as I got it...pretty typical for Gibsons to need some nut work, at least.
I despised it (but think she's great). That being said, I'm not American and think that the song is "tres fromage" anyway...but as someone else mentioned, there was too much Mariah going on. And don't get me started on the rendition of your anthem. Whew.
I have the Reunion Blues Continental Voyager bag for my 335. The bag has SO much protection - neck support, cushion and what looks like kevlar on the outside. The hard shell case has no real protection at all other than maybe cosmetic stuff. If the case fell over I'd be holding my breath when I...
Except that they're different. One has jumbo frets, another has vintage radius & frets, some Mexican, American, etc. I rather like being able to get a guitar with the specs I want rather than what you might like.
My technique is directly proportional to how much time I spend playing/practicing. I used to play & practice 6-8 hours a days for my first four years on the instrument but don't come close to that now.
I used to love big necks but now I prefer the 59 (Gibson) shape or the deep C (which isn't very deep!) on my American Professionals...and I love the neck shape on my PRS S2 Custom 22! I can't handle wizard necks or the 60's shape on some Gibsons.