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Unread 06-27-2012, 03:03 AM   #1
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Question about the Dean ML 26.5" 8 string

I was looking on Dean Guitars website and I saw this dean "Modifier" ML 8 string.
Dean Electric Guitars-Acoustic Guitars-Bass Guitars

Mahogany Top/Body
• 26-1/2" Scale
• 54mm Nut
• Set Mahogany "Slim D-Shaped" Neck
• Ebony Fingerboard
• Pearl Dot Inlays
• Grover Tuners
• Black Hardware
• Tune-O-Matic Bridge
• EMG 808 Pickups
• Tuning - F# B E A D G B E
• Finishes: Classic Black


The scale length looks too short to go down to a looow range for me.
On my Shecter 7 string I use a 26.5" scale length for Drop A, 56-10's, and thats basically perfect.
However, would it be feaseable with this dean ML to tune it to Drop A with a extra high A string or wutnot?
My concern would be with the extra scale it'd increase the tension on the string making it more likely to break.
That would be interesting.
All the dean 7's are only 25.5", which is what I prefer for my "Normal" guitars. Balls.

This instrument would look badass on stage.
Scenekids "OMGZ HE USES 8 STRINGS SOO BROOTZ"
Musos's "OMGS HE USES 8 STRINGS TUNES WITH EXTRA HIGH STRING SO TECHZ"

Best of both worlds really.
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Unread 06-27-2012, 03:08 AM   #2
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I've tried to tune a high A on my schecter 8. it didn't go too well.... I was using a .07 guage.but then again, I was going quite fast... Also you don't really need the A, its mainly just for chords, you can always go higher on the E string.
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I love deans, I own the dime o flame and the black dean MLX was my first electric actually x)

On the matter of this 8 string, totally badass, but that scale length seems sketchy, I mean my carving is. 5 longer, which isn't much, but still, 26.5 to support the f#...I think that's the same scale as a schecter omen 8, tried one and the f# was floppy. Now I could be totally wrong, just my view

On the high A thing, well since its a longer scale you are right that it would be rough to tune up. Even with the 7 gauge it would be stretched quite farahead by the extra length of the neck, and if you like bending then that would possibly suffer. How much is this guitar? Its still a sweet instrument! Again I could be totally wrong, im just giving my opinion
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Chris Letchford Tunes his To BEADGBEG. Which still makes interesting chords possible. But still Unless you play a lot of chords. Then its probably not worth it.
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26.5 is fine for even drop E, it's completely possible to use it. Just get a thick string, sounds ok. I like the increased tension of a longer scale, but it works fine with a shorter scale. Also not only is the Schecter omen 26.5, all of the 8 strings Schecter has out (except the new 2012 models) are 26.5. Try it, you may dig it. Ask Explorer, he uses 25.5 just fine.
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Ask Explorer, he uses 25.5 just fine.
Just be aware, he speaks in riddles and may make you question your own sanity.

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use it to go drop G or drop f#. or, if you're a standard tunings guy, G standard.

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On the matter of this 8 string, totally badass, but that scale length seems sketchy, I mean my carving is. 5 longer, which isn't much, but still, 26.5 to support the f#...I think that's the same scale as a schecter omen 8, tried one and the f# was floppy. Now I could be totally wrong, just my view
Schecters are 26.5", I own one.

The scale is enough for F# but the stock strings aren't big enough for it.
It comes with a 74 in F#(makes a slightly better G though), many use an 80 or 85 for F/F# when restringing.



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That's not going to neck-dive at all.
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That's not going to neck-dive at all.
The headstock is nearly half the size of the body.
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Schecters are 26.5", I own one.

The scale is enough for F# but the stock strings aren't big enough for it.
It comes with a 74 in F#(makes a slightly better G though), many use an 80 or 85 for F/F# when restringing.
Ahhhhh, I would imagine a new thicker string would do it. I wasn't shitting on then though, just hope I didn't give the wrong impression.
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Just wanted to point out it's not the fault of the guitar design, and as most of us here agree 7/8 string stock sets usually are far too light on the bottom, even on sixes I prefer something like 50 or 52 for E instead of a 46 (on 25.5" scale).



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Just wanted to point out it's not the fault of the guitar design, and as most of us here agree 7/8 string stock sets usually are far too light on the bottom, even on sixes I prefer something like 50 or 52 for E instead of a 46 (on 25.5" scale).

I totally agree, on my PRS I have the standard slinky set but instead of a 46 I have a 52, makes it tighter to me.
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