Thank you for your kind advice. I think it’s the most logical thing to do too. I sometimes tend to over think things. There’s also the fact that I live out in the sticks, and the closest music store is two and a half hour drive, and a ferry, away. So I can’t just run down to the store and get a new set if the one I get doesn’t work. But yeah. You make total sense, and I guess this anecdote by Billy Gibbons confirms your statement.
“I was about 22 and just starting out with ZZ Top. I was in the dressing room and BB said to me, ‘Can I play your guitar?’ I said, ‘Sure man.’ He strummed it a few times and handed it back to me. He looked at me rather quizzically and said, ‘Why you working so hard?’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘Those strings. You got real heavy, heavy strings.’ I said, ‘Well, isn’t that how to get the heavy, heavy sound?’ He said, ‘No! Don’t be working so hard!’ That was something new! I was mistaken in thinking he was using these extra-heavy strings. I guess he was right there at the beginning when super-light strings were beginning to show up.”
I don’t think any of us have any objections to neither Billy’s, nor BB’s guitar sound. Still, a lot of us, me included, seem to this day to be under the same impression that Billy was back then.
I’ll get on my favorite web music store, order the lightest set of strings they’ve got and take it from there. I have a wonderful, Arturia Audiofuse, audio interface, with really good and clean preamps. So I think I will be able to compensate the lighter strings with higher gain without it affecting the signal in a bad way.
Also thank you for your comforting about my joint challenges. It’s hard to argue against you when you quote Miles. If anyone should know it’s him
To tell the truth I am not too keen on shredders anyway. Of course it can be an impressive display of finger dexterity. But apart from that to me it’s mostly that. I don’t feel it. There are of course exceptions. I still love Alex Lifeson’s guitar playing in Rush. I was a youth in the late seventies in an environment where you had to dig heavy metal to be one of the boys. Straight rock went well too. As I was also into jazz and fusion some of my friends though I had a weird music taste. So I grew up with a lot of guitar shredding, and I grew tired of it.
I have always loved those players who were focused on precision and expressiveness, rather than speed. Based on that you are right. I shouldn’t be too frustrated, or concerned about lack of speed. Rather focus on precision and feel. Thanks for the advice.