It is often said that when you're a teenager, and impressionable, you tend to find stuff you like and stick with it forever. These two Korean made plywood monsters are my own direct link back to my very first band and live shows. The Strat I bought in 1991 and has remained with me ever since. The tele is one of the very same make, model and color as the one I used to own before buying the strat, it's an analog, not the actual one but bought purely out of sentimental reasons. So yeah, the Strat I always stuck with and keep coming back to. But that isn't the only gear I've used since my formative years and which I stuck to. Now one thing I always had going for me playing wise is that I'm rock solid at playing rhythm and that I'm pretty hard at strumming (although I also can play very delicately if the song needs it) so I'm pretty hard on my strings and plectrums. Back then I used what I could afford which was: Fender Dynamaxx and Fender Super bullets were the cheapest sets I could buy but they dulled up pretty quickly and they got a very nasty black oxidation going, which tore up my fingertips. So I was reading through my guitar mags to find out what my heroes were playing and one brand always came back: D'Addario. So one fine day I went to the shop and bought myself a set. They were a revelation, they didn't rust, kept their sparkle so much longer but I wasn't finished yet. I can't recall how I ended up with THESE but once I had them, it all just clicked. These strings are MY sound. My journey to find the perfect plectrum also went with what I could afford. Well, not the thin ones, I used Fender Heavy ones but always in these two colors since they were easy to spot if I dropped them. But they wore away in my hand, sometimes even snapping in two. So after telling my local music shop about that, they advised me to switch to THESE. Which basically was a step too far, true, those were VERY unlikely to snap but they were too big for me. and so I tried some different thicknesses until I ended up with these: But while the Delrin 1.14 felt better, I still had them wearing away like crazy. I don't know exactly where I read it but it was an interview with Eric Clapton where he talked about using plectrums which would wear away and that it changed once he changed to playing Dunlop Tortex plectrums, which made me go "If it's good enough for Clapton..." 25 years later, I'm STILL using these, I found my plectrum.