String gauges for dropping my 8 string into 9 tuning

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  1. IAMLORDVADER

    IAMLORDVADER progressive insanity

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    Title pretty much sums it up, I want to lose the high string on my 8 and move everything up so I can put on a low C sharp. I've got a multi scale legator 25.5-28 scale and was thinking an 80 wouldn't be thick enough?
     
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    I dig 80 for down to C or so, but if you are sticking with a low C# then I would at least use an 85, 90 would probably work a lot better though.

    What are you using for F# or whatever tuning right now?
     
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    I'd say .95 at least for a C#1, if you want around 20lbs of tension or so then you'd have to bump up to .110
     
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    atm it just has the factory strings as its new, so I'm guessing no bigger than an 80 but that feels real loose on it.
    I'm thinking maybe a super slinky bass set using the 100 for the low c and the 80 for the 8 as its bumped up the fret board
     
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    I wouldn't go lower than 100 for C# and I certainly wouldn't use a bass string. It's going to sound dead compared to the others. Personal preference says Kalium, but I think LaBella has guitar strings down to 105 or so.
     
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    When I did something similar in a six string, I found that just shifting the strings over by one and then grabbing the next string down on the equivalent seven string set worked fine as a start.
     

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