So after watching the "does string size matter "video I tried lowering all my string gauges. I put 8s on my custom 22 and my 513 and 8.5 on the dc-3 . At first you feel like you can play better , because I think its new. You really do need a light touch which apparently I don't have and don't really strive for. Acoustically the custom 22 sounded like crap you could barely hear the strings at all and plugged in sounded okay at best. The tension really messed with my playing , I became more sloppy. The pick didn't bounce off the strings like it used to. My string bending felt way easier and I didn't over bend ,but something was missing . I like the little bit of fight you get from 10s. 8 gauge strings just lacked in many places for me. It was a fun experiment and an inexpensive one. It just wasn't for me. So back to 10s and 11s in Eflat for me and certain guitars get 9s. Its amazing how the custom 22 rings out now , I put a set of PRS signature 10s on it. sounds great and since I can't always plug in , I love how it sounds again. I picked it up last night when it still had 8s on it and was very uninspired to play it. So that was my cabin fever experiment. I really enjoyed the 8s at first but after playing them for over 2 weeks it just wasn't for me.