I recently (10 day) changed my electric guitar's strings (Ibanez rg with zero-edge2 bridge).
The stock strings with it was Daddario but i didn't know the string gauge of them so after deciding to change them I bought a new set of 10-46 (regular slinky) of Ernie ball.
After using the new string and fixing bridge position(parallel to body) it feels a bit too stiff and I said to myself: "well maybe my stock Daddario was a 0.9 gauge set after all" and that explains a little more stiffness of the new strings (maybe).
BUT for last 3 days I decided to learn the Hotel California's guitar solo (which have a lot of bends) and I just can't do it. The strings are too stiff to bend.
It's not that I can't bend the string to the desired note but every time I practice one phase of solo my finger tips are sore for a whole day (and makes practicing that solo just too PAINFULL). I did build up my finger tips calluses with solos of songs like Unforgiven 1-comfortably numb or shine on you crazy diamond(on those Daddario).
I wanna know if there is some hidden aspect of guitar setup that makes your guitar's strings too stiff or is it that I'm just simply a snowflake and can't handle 1step higher string gauge on my guitar :(
TL;DR:my new 10guage strings are too stiff for bending. Is there some hidden aspect of guitar setup that made your strings too stiff?