I stopped playing guitar for a number of months recently due to lack of desire, working through depression and some left arm pain.
Today I decided to see if I could spark some interest again. I am using 10-52 gauge on my PRS and Gibsons tuned to Eb and noticed playing fast runs with lots of bends was panful for me. I have suffered a lot of wrist and forearm pain in the last 5 years and wonder if I should go as light as possible on strings.
My buddy Mark who is a great guitarist and has some of the best local tone of any guitarist I know only uses 9-42 on all guiutars but he plays in standard tuning. I tune to Eb but I also for some songs will tune to drop D so the low Eb becomes C#.
With this in mind, what gauge you guys think I should try? 9-49? I would love a hybrid set of something like 9-50 but again this would be mostly in Eb.
Maybe the next band I join if I get back into playing will be in standard tuning and could go 9s.
Thoughts on this?