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“I used banjo strings in the early days because they didn’t make light strings. That was the lightest string I could get, banjo. And everybody said, ‘Banjo strings? You can’t use them.’ ‘Well I do.’
"I went to companies to try and get them to make some light gauge strings. They said, ‘Can’t do that’. But you could because I’d made my own sets up. They said they’d never sell.
"Then I went to Picato strings in Wales and they said they’d like to have a go at it, so they made some sets up and that was it – the birth of light gauge strings.”
Total Guitar issue 223 (on sale 28 December to 27 January) features a full tab of Black Sabbath classic ‘Children Of The Grave’, as well a backing tracking, a guide to nailing the tones and the story behind the song.