I also play heavier strings, but it's nothing to be proud of or boast about. You play the strings that work for you. But... if you guys know Eddie, you know he is a hot-dog big-daddy son-of-a-***** mean-ass guitar player. If HE wants to slip down a grade or two to lighter strings, then you all should be thinking about it too! Nobody plays like Eddie Wagner, and I know this for a true and real fact.