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As most of you are aware I have a condition that caused me to loose a lot of my fine motor skills in my hands,so much so that my ability to play has decreased by about 90%...at the very least.Anyway I ordered 3 sets of .007-.030 gauge strings from Reverend Billy-aka. Billy Gibbons.I'm hoping that the lighter gauge will give me a bit more time playing as my appointment to get on a neurologist's "urgent" list won't be until Feb. 11,13.If I were to wait for a regular appointment I wouldn't be seen for over 14 months.

 

We're supposed to be a "have" province as we have the most stable ecomony of all Canada's provinces,yet we have a 3rd world health care system. We have the lowest paid doctors in Canada yet ironically we have the highest paid provincial politicians with our premier being paid more than the prime minister of the country.

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As most of you are aware I have a condition that caused me to loose a lot of my fine motor skills in my hands,so much so that my ability to play has decreased by about 90%...at the very least.Anyway I ordered 3 sets of .007-.030 gauge strings from Reverend Billy-aka. Billy Gibbons.I'm hoping that the lighter gauge will give me a bit more time playing as my appointment to get on a neurologist's "urgent" list won't be until Feb. 11,13.If I were to wait for a regular appointment I wouldn't be seen for over 14 months.

 

We're supposed to be a "have" province as we have the most stable ecomony of all Canada's provinces,yet we have a 3rd world health care system. We have the lowest paid doctors in Canada yet ironically we have the highest paid provincial politicians with our premier being paid more than the prime minister of the country.

Sorry to hear of your disability. I have a bit of neuropathy in my hands and I switched to .09 to .42 guage strings (Ernie Ball Cobalt are simply fantastic). I use to use .11 and sometimes .12 when I was playing out a lot. The Adrenalin made them easy to bend. In any case I fought through it and fortunately it seems to have subsided some and I am thinking of going back to .10's but am not looking forward to doing truss rod and intonation tweaks on all my guitars so I will leave well enough alone. With a slight adjustment in attack they sound just as ballsy as the heavier strings. No one is going to say the Rev has a wimpy tone even with the light guages he uses. He must have a light touch which is hard to do and still sound like a monster. You will probably need to loosen your truss rod somewhat to compensate for the lesser string tension on your neck along with bridge saddle adjustments to intonate properly. This is not hard to do do and I would be happy to help you if you need it. Just PM me. The nut is another thing altogether but go through the other steps first and hopefully you will be OK. If not than a trip to a luthier is in order and they should not charge you much to swap in a properly cut nut. Unless of course you know how to do this yourself. One other thing is the size of your frets. A light touch is mandatory here because if you press too hard you will be way out of tune. I play Martin acoustics as well with .12 and .13 guage. I have found that you really do not need to press too hard to get a clear tone. When going from acoustic to electric I still have to make a conscious decision to lighten up or I sound like poo.

 

Have you explored playing slide guitar? Less reliance on finger strength but still you can get an even heavier tone if you work at it. Look at Eric Sardinas. Derek Trucks, Duane Allman, and Johnny Winter to name just a few.

 

All the best because your music is worth it.

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As most of you are aware I have a condition that caused me to loose a lot of my fine motor skills in my hands,so much so that my ability to play has decreased by about 90%...at the very least.Anyway I ordered 3 sets of .007-.030 gauge strings from Reverend Billy-aka. Billy Gibbons.I'm hoping that the lighter gauge will give me a bit more time playing as my appointment to get on a neurologist's "urgent" list won't be until Feb. 11,13.

 

Sounds like a very good idea, a way of - literally - keeping your hand in. Hope it works out ok. Presume you will make the specialist aware that you have been a guitar player for many years....and I hope that he/she won't then tell you that's the cause of it all!

 

Regards!

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I have those on several guitars right now but I have the .10's I like them, I am sure they will help you. they are definitely softer and make bends easier but I miss the stiffness of Gibson Vintage strings specially when playing fast rhythms on power chords.

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Thanks for the tips and support guys I really appreciate getting encouragement from other musicians and especially those wh have gone through or are getting through the same kind of thing.The first thing that I told the specialists I have seen is that I'm a multi-instrumentalist musician and that I would rather loose the use of both legs than just one finger.I also make it a point to wear one of my musician/guitarist shirts to really get the point through to them.

 

I've been using .008-.038 strings for over 40 years,so the switch to the .007s wouldn't take too radical an adjustment to the trussrod,intonation etc. I have been collecting and repairing and restoring guitars for as long as I can remember and about the only job I haven't attempted is working on a set neck or doing a refret.I've done set-ups for dozens of people and have even been brought stuff that so-called "professional luthiers" messed up so I'm pretty comfortable with doing anything with guitars.The most trying thing that I have to face is which guitar or guitars I'll put the strings on I was thinking that maybe my 1965 John Lennon Casino and/or my Jimmie Vaughn and/or my "Hendrix" Strats.Oh my my,decisions decisions.

by the Eagles

I was wondering if maybe even a nylon stringed guitar would be easier to play-especially with a lghter gauge-if there is such a thing.

 

Cowboy Billy Bob,I`ve been thinking about doing slide for some time now.Many years ago I used to play some slide for songs such as "In the Long Run" by the Eagles so it's not entirely foreign to me and probably it would be good to get back to doing it again but more in the Johnny Winter vein-that guy is just incredible-ad I have a Firebird just like his......now,if only I could play as well as he can.BTW I heard him doing a Stones cover some time ago but I couldn't place the name,I think that it may have been "Stray Cat Blues".I remember part of one line where he sounded very lascivious..."You're only 15" and it goes on but I was just waking up when I heard it so the rest of it isn't clear to me.Anyone know which song it is?Whatever the CD it's on it's well worth the price just for that song because his guitar actually sounds menacing in it.

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Best of luck with the switch, Bonzo. As you say, the change from 008s to 007s is hardly radical and it will hopefully make your playing more comfortable.

 

IMX a regular Classical nylon-strung guitar was less 'simple' to play because of both the width and flatness of the f'board but that's probably just me. Segovia had sausages for fingers and he didn't struggle much...

 

Roll on 11th Feb.

 

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Cowboy Billy Bob,I`ve been thinking about doing slide for some time now.Many years ago I used to play some slide for songs such as "In the Long Run" by the Eagles so it's not entirely foreign to me and probably it would be good to get back to doing it again but more in the Johnny Winter vein-that guy is just incredible-ad I have a Firebird just like his......now,if only I could play as well as he can.BTW I heard him doing a Stones cover some time ago but I couldn't place the name,I think that it may have been "Stray Cat Blues".I remember part of one line where he sounded very lascivious..."You're only 15" and it goes on but I was just waking up when I heard it so the rest of it isn't clear to me.Anyone know which song it is?Whatever the CD it's on it's well worth the price just for that song because his guitar actually sounds menacing in it.

This is from Johnny Winters album Saints and Sinners. I don't think he is playing slide on it but I could be wrong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaH2Pm_8Sr4

 

 

 

This from Beggars Banquest and no slide either but No Expectations from the same Stones album is a GREAT slide tune thats not hard to play.

Rolling Stones Stray Cat Blues Lyrics

 

Songwriters: JAGGER, MICK / RICHARDS, KEITH

 

I hear the click-clack of your feet on the stairs

I know you're no scare-eyed honey.

There'll be a feast if you just come upstairs

But it's no hanging matter

It's no capital crime

 

I can see that you're fifteen years old

No I don't want your I.D.

You look so rest-less and you're so far from home

But it's no hanging matter

It's no capital crime

 

Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat

Oh yeah, don'tcha scratch like that

Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat

Bet your mama don't know you scream like that

I bet your mother don't know you can spit like that.

 

You look so weird and you're so far from home

But you don't really miss your mother

Don't look so scared I'm no mad-brained bear

But it's no hanging matter

It's no capital crime

Oh, yeah

Woo!

 

I bet your mama don't know that you scatch like that

I bet she don't know you can bite like that.

 

You say you got a friend, that she's wilder than you

Why don't you bring her upstairs

If she's so wild then she can join in too

It's no hanging matter

It's no capital crime

 

Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat

Oh yeah, don'tcha scratch like that

Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat

I bet you mama don't know you can bite like that

I'll bet she never saw you scratch my back

 

 

No Expectations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mehrjwB-hVE

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When I'm doing real playing - as in fingerpicking - I much prefer 9-42 on acoustics as well as electrics. The 8-38s have worked well for me too on one guitar that's worn them for approaching 40 years.

 

If you've been using the 8s, I don't know that something even lighter would be a problem. You already know you've gotta be gentle.

 

All I can say is good luck...

 

And I ain't gonna get into the politics of it all except that I wish those in the US who favor government medical care would see what's happened to the Indian Health Service that once was exceptional and now...

 

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I love the Reverend Willy's strings. I use the Medium .10-.46 currently on two of my guitars and will probaly start using them on my Flying V when I change the strings on it. I've thought about giving the .7-.38 a shot just because that is what Billy Gibbons uses but man this would be a big jump for me considering I mostly string my guitars with .11-.50 strings.

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Yeah, I think some of us handle string gauge change pretty easily when they do it a lot - others like me find it more difficult. I don't care much for anything heavier than 10s, and I far prefer 9s for most purposes the way that I play both acoustic and electric.

 

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Yeah, I think some of us handle string gauge change pretty easily when they do it a lot - others like me find it more difficult. I don't care much for anything heavier than 10s, and I far prefer 9s for most purposes the way that I play both acoustic and electric.

 

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Do you play flattop acoustic guitars at all?

I can't imagine using anything less than .12's on my OM-21 or .13's on an HD28V. You definately don't move enogh air and miss a lot of tone with much less than that. Solidbody electrics are a different story all together.

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Billybob...

 

Yeah, I play a little on steel string flattops - but I only have five of 'em. Nothing over a 10 and all but one likely will have that replaced to 9s in the coming year according to my pickin' plans.

 

But I flatpick very, very little. Mostly it's bare fingers whether on an electric or AE. I don't think you lose tone - you lose volume depending on how you play. Try to push the volume on light strings, that's when you lose tone.

 

That's also why all of mine have been since the first AEs came out from Ovation, have been AE.

 

If I'm flatpicking, yeah, I use the 10s. Pretty gently, though, compared to how a lotta flattop flatpicker friends play.

 

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