For a while now, I have had a difficult time finding the correct gauge strings and pick for my electric guitar, an Ibanez RG370. Although I think I have found the correct combination, it's still not the perfect duo. The D'Addario EXL120's (Super Lights) and the Tortex thin picks that I have settled with have a tendency to make the action on my Edge III Tremolo to go "low" and the strings reach plastic deformation very quickly, say within three hours of playing.
I do feel I need to continue to experiment a little more since changing strings every three hours is somewhat extreme. I take into consideration the amount of acceleration and momentum my fingers have on the strings through my picking, alternate picking, and strumming by allowing the amplifier to do my work for me I'm still having dead strings soon thereafter.
I've read somewhere that the stronger you are, the heavier gauge of strings you should use. This makes sense, however the accompanying gauge picks leave some consideration. I personally like some play in my pick (just a little) so that I can feel what's going on (a heavy gauge pick is ridiculous).
Has anyone experienced stickiness on the strings (a tendency for the pick after picking to not want to let go of the string)? This I can attribute to "dead strings" and this is the basis of this post. Anyone with any input please post something. I'm sure this will be an interesting thread.
Choosing the Correct Gauge Strings and Pick(1 post) (1 voice)
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