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Hi everyone, I'm a new member, and pretty much a newbie flatpicker. Having a lot of fun trying to keep up with Brad Davis's medium-fast tempo in fiddle tunes in the Flatpick Jam dvds (and not quite making it). Anyway, my guitar is a Blueridge 160. I have always used light-gauge strings, most often D'Addario PB EJ16's. But I get the impression most flatpickers use medium-gauge, so I have been contemplating switching to EJ17's. My questions:
1) I see a number of you also have the Blueridge 160. What's your experience with strings on this guitar?
2) If I switch, should I bring it to my local luthier to do it? Might it require re-setting the action, rod adjustment, or something? I can change strings but that's about the extent of my abilities in tinkering with a guitar.
3) I also play some fingerstyle, mainly old-time country blues such as Mississippi John Hurt style. As I understand it most of those guys use light gauge (or so says Stefan Grossman, far be it from me to question him). I'm more of a flatpicker than a fingerpicker, but I hesitate to mess myself up in this other area since I'm hardly proficient yet anyway. If I had the money I'd buy another guitar for fingerpicking, but I don't.
I welcome any advice. Thanks!
I have tried a number of strings on my 160. For my tastes, I like the GHS True Mediums TM335. David Grier played my guitar for about 45 min this past summer and told me he was really impressed with the tone, so I guess I'm not the only one that thinks that is a good combo.
I'd start by just changing the strings and see what it does to the setup. I'm guessing you won't notice anything.
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