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Guitar players have often asked when the use of an unwound G string, and lighter strings in general came about. As the story was told to me, for all practical purposes, James invented "slinky" strings. To get those chicken-pickin' bends, he used banjo strings for the high E, B, G and D. He moved the regular D guitar string to A, and the A guitar string to the low E, thereby creating a more bendable and "slappier" sounding string setup.