So then, this happened: I went on and cut the 8th string with extreme prejudice, which was an Elixir .085 bass one. Prior to that I had a .075. The .085 one was way too bassy and muddy, while the .075 one was way floppy and not really less bassy. It maybe the fault of the 57/66 that the 8th sounded fizzy, but it may as well be the fault of the guitar or it may be strictly my tault that I could never get acceptable sounds out of the 8th string. But here's the thing. As soon as I removed it, the guitar transformed in my hands. Even though the neck is wider I found myself having a much easier time playing it, thanks to not having to constantly palm mute that damn 8th string ending up with much less noise than usual. I'm not sure how to proceed now. I'm thinking of putting a High-A string but I'm afraid this'll confuse me and I am not into the mood for experimentation. On the other hand, I'm not into dj0nting and as such I only used the 8th string as a helper one. Keeping the guitar as is, is tempting, though as an engineer I don't like wasted potential. What would you do?