As some of you may recall from previous postings, I totally love the sound Eddie Lang got from his L-4 or L-5.
But as many of you can attest, the only way to get those old arch tops to sing is to use real heavy gauge strings.
Which is one of the reason I love gypsy guitars so much, you can play 'em for hours and they never hurt your LH fingers.
But the thought recently occurred to me, what if one were to use heavy gauge silk and steel strings? Could one get that big Lang-y sound without the pain?
I notice that LaBella's website mentions a "medium gauge" S & S:
.012, .016, .025W, .033, .046, .056
The also offer "twelve-string" S & S:
014-.014, .018-.018, .031W-.012, .044-.018, .056-.025W, .068-.033W
So IF I could buy individual strings from LaBella (---????) maybe I could even put together a really heavy set:
.014, 018, .031W, .044, .056, .068
Has anyone around here ever been down this road before?
Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."
Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."