Is an 80 gauge overkill on a 28" scale?

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  1. Vince Caruana

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    I'm looking into buying a new 8 string, a newer model hellraiser. I bought an esp years ago but was unaware the 25.5" scale SUCKS for an 8 string lol. I had a set of 10-74s on it and hated it. I now use something a little more balanced on my 7. I want to use this guitar for F standard, drop e and e standard. So I definitely want something that sound good and snarly with snappy tension for standard and drop tuning. You guy think a 9-46 set a 62 and an 80 would do it? Or is the 80 too much for F on a 28?
     
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    For F standard, I prefer a .067-.076, but I use very little pick attack compared to most. I find with good pick ups and amp, you don't need as much attack, and the smaller gauges actually sound better.
     
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    I used a .075 on my 28" scale 8 in Drop E with no problems. I tried an .080 and ended up going back to the .075
     
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    I was using an .080 in F on a 27" scale, and I had it in F# before that (which shouldn't be too far off .080 in F on 28" scale). Regarding tension, it seemed to balance well with the 9-60 set I was using, but tone-wise, it was always a bit darker and rounder than the 60 below it.

    I'm using a .075 now next to a .060 for the Bb string, and I think those balance alot better soundwise, though the low F is looser than the Bb string. When you get to these tunings I think its probably always going to be a compromise between ideal tension and ideal sound.


    I would say its worth a shot, next to a .062 it may balance better, sound-wise. If you're set on 9-62 for the first seven, a .075 would be too much of a drop in tension methinks. If you then decide the F doesn't have enough attack, not tight enough, too 'round' or muddy sounding, then drop down to ~.075 with corresponding-tension strings for the other seven.
     
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    This. On a 28" tuned to E/F/F#, I was using 80s, 84s, and a 90 before going back to a 74. The higher gauges seemed to lose a lot of attack and clarity.
     
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    I'm using an 85 for D on my 28" Schecter - it's all about personal preference when it comes to string gauge.
     
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    I'm using an 85 on a 27" scale going between E, F and G. It feels it's best in G, Ok in F and could be tighter in E, so I reckon 80 on a 28" scale work.
     
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    I find a .80 perfect for drop E on my 28" Boden 8.
     
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    overkill. I got 80 on my 27" scale. I tune in drop E. Tried F - too much tension. So it would be way to much of it with your 28". btw wouldn't do that with Shecter. Just not sure the neck will take it. Unless there are some reinforcing bars in it. Anyways wouldn't recommend that, mate. :)
     
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    thanks for the info guys
     
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    I am using a Kalium .090 in drop E. It's definitely not overkill tension wise but has a bit of that undesirable "bass string" tone until you tune down further.
     
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    Eh, I used an 80 in F on an Agile Interceptor 828 Pro, worked great for me - my buddy uses the same gauge strings (9-12-15-25-34-44-59-80) on the same guitar in Drop Eb
     
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    I use a .086 on 28" for Drop E, and I think it could be tighter.
     
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    It should work, I had seen tutorials on it on YouTube and my cousin had done his guitar.
     
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    First off, If it works for you, don't worry about it being overkill.

    I use a 90 on my 30" for E
     
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    I use a 9-46/60/80 on my 28.625" scale 8 in E and they're perfect for me.
     
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    I used an 84 on a 28" tuned to F# and I thought it was perfect.
     
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    Im using a 27 inch scale 8 string and for me 80 isnt enough. Im thinking of buying the ERnie Ball 9 string packs to get hold of that 108 gauge for my low to try and then disregard one of the high strings. Depends on tuning I guess really. Im in Drop Gb Open on my 8. I need abit more tension. Thankfully clarity wont be an issue for me with having huge strings because I have Lace Deathbar/Xbar pickups
     
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    Running a 70 for A standard on a 28 baritone, have messed around with dropping it to f# standard and it was too sloppy for me. I would suggest at least a 74 76, but really just buy a bunch of songles and trial that one string, start small and work your way up til you are happy with the tension..
     
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    I use an .084 to F and I'm in agreement with you.
     

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