"I’m using heavy, heavy as I can get. It’s a standard heavy gauge set with two eighteen seconds on the top. Basically, eighteen to fifty nine. I’ve been using D’Addario, but I’m probably going to start to use John Pearse. He gave me some strings to try out and they’re fabulous! They’re the best strings I’ve ever had. At one point I used to play Albion strings, but they changed their specification and became less interesting."
“I’ve spent a considerable part of my life inside his old 000-18,” he says. “New bridge plate twice, new bridge once, many crack repairs, and one major side patch. I’ve had the back off twice to get to complicated repairs, completely refinished it twice, and partially refinished it at other times—each time with French polish to avoid removing old lacquer and preserve the fragile old wood. Despite the heavy strings, it hasn’t needed a neck reset, although it has high action, and the back removal allowed me to pull things back into shape.”
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