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"When I was a teenager, I used GHS strings because I was from Michigan, and they were made in Michigan. I liked the nickel ones because they sounded a little bit different. But I stopped caring when I was 19 or 20 years old. Everyone always asks, 'Do you like .009s or .010s?' I have no preference, because I can’t decide if I want to make it easier or harder on myself. I usually choose to make things harder on myself, but I don’t know when it comes to strings. Lighter strings might actually be harder for me to play, because I hit them so hard. I bend them too easily, and break them all the time. I leave it to chance. I always just tell whoever is putting the strings on to do whatever they want. I won’t even notice."more
This diagram from *Guitar Geek* shows Stevie's gear set up, complete with his GHS Nickel Rocker strings. Rene Martinez, Stevie's guitar tech says about his strings in this [*Music Radar article](http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/guitars/interview-stevie-ray-vaughans-guitar-tech-rene-martinez-267030) "...He started with a .013 and ended with a .060. They were big, yes, but that wasn't the only thing; it was the action, the height of the strings. I used to adjust the screws down at the bridge to raise the height, and I would run out of thread - I couldn't make the strings any higher."more