String The­ory...

Guitarist - - Roger Mayer -

“Jimi used Fender nickel strings most of the time in 10, 13, 15, 26, 32 and a 38 gauges,” Roger tells us. “He tended to use a 15 be­cause when you use a 17 for a G string it makes the guitar very G-heavy. A 17 sticks out, but when you change it to a 15 it makes a huge dif­fer­ence to the over­all sound of the guitar – the whole sound of a chord. Us­ing a 38 on the low­est string makes it much more funky. You still get a twang, but it means you can bend the low E string more eas­ily, which Jimi tended to do a lot, of course. The other good part about it is that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the E and the A is very sweet. You can also hit the strings harder and get a nice at­tack. You can't get the same at­tack on a 48.”

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