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My name is Larry and I live in the north East of England, wet and windy land. I've been playing guitar on and off for more years than I can remember (I'm now 50), and I hope one day to be actually able to play it! I currently have 3 guitars, the newest a Jose Ferrer classical, the oldest a Fender DG5 which I breathed new life into yesterday by putting new strings on her (D'addario Extra Lights). I had that guitar for Christmas 2004 and it's always been there, waiting to shine. A couple of years after I had it I treated it to a set up which lowered the action, making it playable. Even so it always felt like I was playing a cheese grater, so painful. Putting those extra lights on saved the guitar, she's like a different guitar! I also have a Tanglewood Discovery series super folk with cutaway and onboard electronics. It's much smaller than the Fender and easier for me to handle, and it's a fabulous guitar, straight out of the box, no set up needed. 

Other instruments I have are a Tanglewood ukulele, a Deacon A style mandolin, a digital piano, 2 recorders, a clarinet and a cheap  mouth organ!

Like I said putting the new strings on has given the Fender (named Tilly) a new lease of life and I hope to play again, get past the sore fingers stage! I found an article on this site showing alternative E and A chords, playing from the 5th and 7th fret , and I had a go, even coming up with my own (X07750 to X07760)

Anyway that's me done for now, look forward to meeting you all and getting on with my playing.


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Welcome, in addition to extra light gauge strings, many manufacturers have begun making strings more flexible.  Core materials are designed to be less cheese grater like and more student friendly.  

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