Just bought a new guitar. It's been years since I bought anything, and this one's been a long time coming. Many moons ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth and I learned to play on my dad's Martin D-35 which he bought around '85, I think. He still has the guitar and it's far and away my favourite instrument. My own acoustic - an old Yamaha APX-6 - pales a little in comparison (understatement). I'm very fond of that Yamaha, it plays very sweetly - but I don't think even the most optimistic player would rate its sound, amplified or otherwise.
Anyway long story short - I went out and bought a new HD-28 Reimagined. I think I'm in love, hahaha. I've never played so much guitar in years.
I chatted to the chap in the shop who was busy restringing the instruments, and asked him what he used. Martin 11s, apparently. He was very pleasant and helpful, so I don't want this to sound like a dig - but I wonder if he told me the wrong gauge. He was running around like a madman to be fair, it was the first Monday after lockdown eased so no worries.
The strings on the guitar were Martins alright (I kinda like them, but they don't half go dead quickly
). When I put some D'Addario Phosphor Bronze 11s on the guitar felt much softer. The slight relief in the neck has gone too, suggesting there might have been 12s on there. It's otherwise perfectly set up. So, do I...
- Enjoy the 11s and tweak the truss rod slightly, to put the relief back and stop the ever-so-slight buzz that's appeared with the lighter gauge (I'll need to buy an allen key)
- Stick some 12s on it and man up?
Answers on a postcard... what would you do?