BRET ON STRING GAUGE
This has been an interesting journey for me as I started with extremely light strings. I’m not sure what the low strings were but the high E was a .008. I took four lessons from a local teacher when I was about 12 and he put the light gauge on after he tried the fencing wire that I had on the guitar initially. He said it would make it easier for me as a beginner and he was right. I gradually moved to .009s and stayed there for a few years but eventually slide guitar took more priority so I moved to .010 - .048 and used that gauge up until the mid ‘90s when I went to .011 - .052. Seeing as I prefer to play slide in standard tuning it enables me to use the same guitar for both slide and regular playing so the compromise is that I can get a beefier tone for the slide but keep the action quite low so I can also do my legato stuff. The .011s have a slinkier feel on the ESP Horizon Custom that I play so it works out okay. I have to make sure I practise quite a lot as the strength needed to play this gauge dissipates very quickly if I’m not playing much. A good incentive to stay in the woodshed!