Paul will be documenting what Chet used during the years he knew him...
I wonder if Chet was using 10s in the 50s and early 60s though. I'd thought they were devilishly hard - or impossible - to get at that time. The legend has always been that you'd have to substitute banjo strings for the first, and fangle around with custom gauges for the rest of the set, before Ernie Ball came out with Slinkys in the late 60s.
Surely Chet experimented with string gauges – but what if he had 10s on his guitars in the 50s! If he'd had 11s or better, maybe he wouldn't have felt the Dynas and hollow Gretschs lacked sustain...
Nah. Of course he'd tried everything there was.
But, really – 10s in the 50s?
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