#1
I have tried a friend's guitar, and other guitars too. When I compare them to my guitar, I found theirs being far better than mine. The strings are easier to bend(I'm used to my harder-to-play setup). And if I pick, there's more force resisting the pick attack, so it's harder to pick in my guitar than in other guitars.

I will be buying a Yamaha AES620 at Christmas. Will changing my guitar affect my playing?
#3
yes. But not to an extent where you'll be superb overnight obviously. a guitar's setup will change things as well. like the action etc.
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#4
i got the AES620 semi hollow body, its such a great guitar
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#5
if your having a hard time bending strings, you might want to switch to a lighter guage, however, switching to a lighter guage will give the guitar a brighter and higher sounds rather than a low and grunge-like sound. you action may also be set to high and that could be a problem with bending as wellas you have to bend the string even more just to get it to contact the fretboard, plus the downward/upward bend.
#6
I'm not having problems with bending. It's pretty easy for me actually. Much easier when I play another guitar. I'm using .10s. It's just that, when I play another guitar, I feel like it's easier when picking and bending. I have a Yamaha EG112, crappy guitar, and I seen some other reviews say that the strings are hard(talking about ease of playing/playability, that I think, is caused by more tension in the strings). I find it harder for picking in my guitar. On the High E string, I have to either keep the pick almost in the same angle as the strings or hold the pick harder or else it will sound like in a lower volume or something.

It's pretty much frustrating.
#7
Other things can affect perceived feel. A LP has a shorter scale and feels easier to bend. A floyd rose when you bend will pull up and make it feel easier to bend. Different kinds of bridges can do it to. String gauge will do it to.
#8
My friends are all guitar noobs except for like 2. Someone even bought an Ibanez GIO, while Yamaha Pacificas are a better deal. None of them actually have a Floyd.