#1
Hey everyone,

I've recently put a set of Reverend Willie's Mexican Lottery #7 strings on my 2013 Gibson SG Standard. These are Billy Gibbons' signature guitar strings, in his preferred gauge.

I'm posting this because, judging by the reactions of my guitar playing friends, not many people have tried a string even close to this light. So, a review.

This is a simulated unboxing, because they're on the guitar already.

-.007, .009, .011, .020w, .030, .038
-Made by Dunlop. No word as to whether they're a BFG custom metal mixture or simply a lighter version of the standard Dunlop strings.
-$5.99 a pack. About average. I got 'em at $3 each through work.
-Cardboard box with an airtight bag containing 6 individual paper envelopes containing a single string. Also had a small moisture absorbing packet.
-Stringing the guitar was a pit perilous, especially with the high e, because it was so thin I was afraid of accidentally kinking or knotting it.

Once they were on the guitar and tuned, they weren't nearly as delicate. In fact, under tension, I'm pretty convinced that these would be quite a pain to break. They just stretch so readily, they bounce right back to wherever they started. The Reverend claims to never has broken one, and I can see it.

Actually playing on them requires a little adjusting. It's not at all hard to pull your chords out of tune just by fretting too hard. It forces you to adapt a more delicate and light playing style. If you ham-fist at all, it become quite apparent. I found it made me play cleaner.

The most obvious effect of course is the bending. It takes almost no effort. It's not only possible, but easy to bend entire open chords. It's tough to get used to no over-bending your notes, as what's possible on these far and away exceeds what's possible on regular strings. With a little tweaking, I found a 4 step bend possible. Light vibrato is effortless. I had to be careful not to lightly bend when I didn't mean to, because there isn't enough feedback from tension to let me know that it's not center.

I expected them to sound incredibly weak and tinny acoustic. They did not disappoint.

Amplified, they sound... different. A little brighter, a little weaker than a .009 or .010 set. Not at all hard to compensate for with EQ. I run more gain than I do normally, because the strings cause the pickups to react as strongly. With the amp dialed in to compensate, and my playing style sufficiently adapted, my tone is as it was before.

So yeah. They're different. I recommend them simply because it'll cause you to take a look at your playing style. It's a new experience, and while I haven't decided what my next set will be, I've already found that learning how to play on spider web thin strings has improved my skills. So there's that.

In any case, I'll update with my thoughts as I play on them, if I find anyone cares about this thread.

Thanks for reading!
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#2
Very interesting, i never even knew they made strings that thin. I may give it a shot just for the sake of trying them out considering ive tried everything up to .13
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#3
nice review, thanks for that

when you say a 4-step bend, you mean 8 semitones, right?



that'd be awesome
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nice review, thanks for that

when you say a 4-step bend, you mean 8 semitones, right?



that'd be awesome

Ya, "step" is american for "whole tone". I can't imagine having enough fretboard to bend up 4 whole tones haha.
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Quote by Dave_Mc
nice review, thanks for that

when you say a 4-step bend, you mean 8 semitones, right?



that'd be awesome



Yeah, I posted this in the wee hours, right before work.

Obvious mistake.
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#6
I thought Billy Gibbons used .008's Sounds like those are some decent strings you got there though. I might pick up a set for my Kramer tele.
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#7
i've been meaning to try some of these just to see what they are like - the .011 3rd string seems ridiculous
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#9
I started out playing on 8s, I couldn't go that thin any more. It's like playing on rubber bands. I don't often find myself needing to bend half an octave. They go out of tune more easily and don't feel good at all to me. It's like throwing crumpled up paper instead of a baseball. You need some mass there, otherwise it feels like you're trying to throw air.

Might be worth a try if you're curious but I think most people will go right back to their usual gauge.
#10
I tend to prefer thicker strings for the sustain and for how they, when changing chords at lightning speed, don't come up with your fingers as they lift up so much. And harmonics. But I can see some real pluses to using strings that thin. You could do some insane tapping with those things.
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Ya, "step" is american for "whole tone". I can't imagine having enough fretboard to bend up 4 whole tones haha.


yeah that's what i thought (both things)

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no worries, i was just making sure i understood what you meant
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#12
I'd like to try some of these out, I currently use 9's but have no particular allegiance to string thickness.

I'm a big fan of 'easier is better' as long as it actually is...and one could do worse than to emulate the Reverend Willy G.
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(a) I'm a big fan of 'easier is better' as long as it actually is...(b) and one could do worse than to emulate the Reverend Willy G.


(a) +1

(b) maybe not the beard, though
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#14
'Not trying to be controversial here, but this is all based on measuring the string diameters on one of Hendrix's guitars? back in the '80s, guitar magazines (such as Guitar Player) that wrote about Hendrix said he used 7s and 8s.
Nothing was ever mentioned about 10s on the high end, and 008s (038 low-E) on the low end.

George Lynch uses 010s on the high end, and 009s (042 low-E) on the low-end. Perhaps this would be a good compromise of 010-038 sets are not available.
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