Des Frank, me, my guitars and i



I'm very fortunate to have acquired a Fender Stratocaster a few years ago ; it's a US original manufactured in early 1965 or thereabouts.  An incredible guitar, perhaps the electric guitar equivalent of a Stradivarius violin.   

 A fabulous guitar is of no use without the strings that suit your style of playing and match the configuration of the guitar.  I use light gauge strings on all my guitars, even the Strat.  Currently the Strat is strung with Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42 Nickel Wounds. I've been using these  for years and have had no complaints but  just for a change I've bought a set of Rotosound  UM9 Ultramag 09-42 Alloy 52 Electric Guitar Strings which are British made. They are a tad more expensive and I'm pleased to say, worth every penny.  

Back in the day when there was little choice in strings I used two 1st strings and a 2nd for strings one, two and three ; it seems irrelevant now but it worked for me at the time !


This is my Godin A6

A thing of beauty

When my fingers seize up and I can no longer play the guitar I will hang this guitar on the wall and look at it like a work of art. 

It's strung with GHS Brite Flats 700 Groundwound Alloy 52 Strings 9-42 Extra Light gauge, for me, just perfect for this guitar.

Ibanez AGS73FM

An underrated guitar

I have to admit that before I acquired this guitar I was hoping to buy a Gibson ES-335 but I had to settle for the Ibanez.  It took me a while to get used to it and I was beginning to regret buying it. Then I put a set of D'ADDARIO Half Rounds EHR330 Stainless Steel 8-39's X-Super Light Strings on it and it totally transformed the guitar. It's now my 'go to' guitar for practising & composing. 

Ibanez RG550

My ' boy racer' guitar

A guy about my age asked me what I was doing with an RG550 boy racer guitar. I can’t say I’d ever thought of it like that but the strings are a bit of a giveaway. I have the lightest gauge strings I could find on this guitar ;  Jim Dunlop, Billy Gibbons 7-38’s, great for bending a few notes ; any thinner and it would be like slashing my fingers with cheese wire.