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Posted by Mr. Disco on Tuesday, December 4, 2007

After one and a half years of a quest to continually use the heaviest strings possible, I've started using the lightest strings possible.  They break easier in the hands of a klutz, so I've got an Addario, a couple Elixirs, and a couple Dean Markleys.  I would've thought the suburbs of Chicago would give me options on light strings but no.  I guess my previous visits to Perry's bought out the end of their stock.  -- Same for Guitar Center.

-- So I ordered signature cryogenic strings from American Made Banjo.

Meanwhile I'm learning that moderation is the key.

When I put on the very heaviest strings I definitely became limited.  When I put on the very lightest strings I find that the third string in particular is prone to rattling around in the grooves of the nut and bridge and buzzing.  Also, this set of incredibly light strings is so loose that they feel too loose and I'm not getting that nice "new string" sound.  The Elixir definitely feels like silk but I dunno if I like it.  It's easy on the finger tips but I never minded the metal. 

Light good.  Ttoo light not so good.

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