but to be honest! i have seen people using Granada, Karuna, Java and other strings! but for Givson guitar any string will be fine. you dont have to worry about the tone as the fretboard and tone are GIVSON trade mark! they never change! and also a new givson guitar comes with karuna strings (finger killer) :-P and D'Addario strings are not little expensive! they are expensive! now you know the difference after using few brands! so you pick which you like the most! ;-)
to remove the bridge pins i use my fingers! dont care how much strength i gonna give! but m scared i may hurt my guitar if i use a tool!
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