Where instruments may come and go over a guitarist’s career, a player’s choice of strings and gauge is, more often than not, a life-long decision. It shouldn’t take too long for a dyed-in-the-wool Charvel-totin’ rocker to get to grips with, for example, a fat Gibson ES-175 – we’d suggest that actual technique is broadly applicable to all types of guitar irrespective of their spec. However, change a player’s preferred string gauge and we’re far more likely to flounder.
Too light and we’ll be over-bending like crazy, while too heavy and complaints regarding sore fingers and compromised playing comfort will soon be ringing out. In short, it takes a lot for a player to even think about changing string brand, let alone their gauge, but these Ernie Ball Paradigm sets might just persuade you.
These are coated strings and EB, in conjunction with Princeton University believe it or not, have developed a treatment called Everlast that seals the winds in a nanometer-thin material that resists 41 per cent more moisture than an uncoated wire. The best news is that the strings don’t actually feel coated, which is a true triumph: there’s no greasy feeling on your playing hand here.
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