From the recording Blues Boy
It was probably common everywhere with the early electric guitar blues players, but Memphis resident B.B. King was the first one I discovered that moved the Gibson Sonomatic Guitar Strings down a string, putting the low “A” as your low “E” string. Then one would get a Tenor “A” banjo string for your high “E” string. That changed everything, because I couldn’t figure out how in the world all those great blues guitar guys bent those great whole step bends. Thanks to Ernie Ball for making light gauge string sets available to make life a little easier. The early B.B. stuff slayed me, as did “The Thrill Is Gone”.