Back in Prehistoric times, when the likes of myself, Johnny and Mr Sausage Fingers were first learning, guitars were very different beasts to what we have today. My first guitar had an action that was so high you needed Pliers to hold down anything much above the 3rd fret! I kid you not. My fingers bled all over that damn guitar, but in those days, what did we know? Lowering actions, if indeed it were even possible, was a completely foreign language back then and if like me, you lived in a very rural location, there just weren't any other guitar players to talk to about all this, so we just carried on regardless.
I shudder to think how many times I must have caught tetanus from rusty old strings!
I'll never forget finally getting my first "proper" guitar and the revelation of what a lower action bought to the table. Mind you, "lower" by those day's standards would today be regarded as ridiculously high I'd guess? The advantage was that we all developed incredibly strong fingers and had calluses that were monstrously thick on our fingertips, so I suppose there was a pay off?
I well remember what happened when I played my first ever electric guitar, it felt like there were no strings on it!!
Throw away the Bass E String and get a Clifford Essex Banjo String as your Top E and then use the rest of the set from there on in. The First "Light" Gauge Strings and they were probably 11s
Things have changed so much with the coming of the interweb, Lordy, if only we had been able to tap into a resource such as this!
Sorry, history lesson over, now out you go into the Playground and get some fresh air!