My oldest, and one of my best friends in the world is a monster guitar player. He is world-class. He is a player that other guitarists (including people like Joe Bonamassa -- I was there) walk up to and tell him he's amazing. Yesterday, I drove down to NYC to visit him as we hardly see each other. He asked me to bring my Bonamassa Firebird I because he wanted to see it. I got to his house, we shot the breeze for a bit then I went over to pick up a guitar. He said "you won't like my guitars, they're all strung with eights." Wasn't expecting that, but we had some fun playing, passing guitars back and forth, showing each other tunes. The eights felt strange at first but I got used to it. He also had ridiculously low action, but you don't need air under the strings if they're so soft. Then he strapped on my Firebird, plugged it into a Tweed Twin, turned almost all the way up. It sounded incredible, but after a couple of minutes he put the guitar down and said he liked it, but didn't like fighting the action (set to Gibson specs) and the strings (.010-.046). He said the guitar would be tons better with the light strings, it would have more bite, be louder and more aggressive. So, we got out a set of strings and swapped it out. Asked if he had a tuner, he made a face, picked up the phone and told me the dial tone is an "F'. Tuned her up. Stretched strings a bit. I checked the relief on the neck and started to take the truss rod cover off as it was almost perfectly straight. He said, "leave it, why do you want the action higher in the middle than the ends? They tell you that you need relief so they can be sloppy with the fretwork. If the guitar is good, you'll be fine." He lowered the action. There was a hint of fret rattle, but no fretting out. He said "don't worry, won't come through the amp.Plugged in. Holy crap, he was right. The guitar not only sounded more aggressive, with a crisp top end but still plenty of body. Anybody who knows me knows I'm not a notey sort of player, but suddenly I was double-picking, moving around the board very energetically. When I got home, I did some measurement. The action is consistent from nut to 22nd fret at a hair over 1/32" treble, 3/64" bass. I decided to play this guitar for a bit before deciding what to do, but I woke up this morning and started playing and you know what? It feels normal today. Didn't take too long to get used to it. That's it, just something to think about.