.008"s

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by bostjan, Jun 12, 2006.

You tried .008"s?

Poll closed Jul 3, 2006.
  1. No, have not tried them.

    15 vote(s)
    39.5%
  2. Yes. They were cool.

    7 vote(s)
    18.4%
  3. Yeah, I tried them and they were too wimpy

    16 vote(s)
    42.1%
  1. skyclad

    skyclad SS.org Regular

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    .009 is perfect size for the 1st string, IMO
     
  2. JPMDan

    JPMDan IT'S OVER 9000!!!! Contributor

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    I strum way to hard for 8's, I use 11-70's on my 7620
     
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    skyclad SS.org Regular

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    too heavy for me. Even 7th 056...
     
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    JPMDan IT'S OVER 9000!!!! Contributor

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    I like it nice and tight
     
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    skyclad SS.org Regular

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    Too heavy to me. i use at the moment strings with wide flat wound. They seems a little bit tighter, than regular. 009-011-017-023w-031w-042w-053w. Thinking of changing 7th one from 053w to 051w or something like that. I usually combine strings from different gauges and at the moment set light 1-3nd strings and heavy bottom (for standard tuning, not dropped one)
     
  6. Garry Goodman

    Garry Goodman 8-0ctaves

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    You don't have to tune them up to G4 or A4,they are still very stiff,sturdy strings when tuned to E4. My .008 is tougher than the .009's or .010's most string companies make. It feels like an EB .011,but it's an .008.So I am just saying consider the idea that one may not have tried every .008 that is available.They aren't all the same.
     
  7. God Hand Apostle

    God Hand Apostle Tin Foil Central

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    Holdsworth uses straigh 8's. Yngwie's high E is .008, but he has a custom set from there on.

    I put 8's on my Yngwie fender, and with those scallops, you really learn to play more relaxed and sensitive, but with more control becuase pushing too hard into the scallop makes you sharp...bends go sharp, and you have a trem too. I liked 8's and I will go back once I have a 6 string that will only be tuned in standard E.
     
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    Elysian Banned

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    i use 10-60's on my 7's and 6's... i've used 8's, a long ass time ago, and man did they suck.
     
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    zimbloth Nick // Axe Palace Vendor Forum MVP

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    That's interesting, you use the same pack for both 6s and 7s. Never heard of such a thing. That's okay obviously, just interesting.
     
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    Elysian Banned

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    i like the tension on the 6's with 10-60's tuned to D, i tune my 7's to standard, though i played those 11-70's on jpmdan's RG7620, and the tension was perfect for my playing, so i'm thinking of bumping up
     
  11. petrucci_dude

    petrucci_dude teh shredz0r

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    Man if people want to get Yngwie vibrato on 8's you're wusses!!! It's not that hard to get on 9's and even on some 10's (depending on scale length and tension). I get the Yngwie wide vibratos on my 9's lol
     
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    Blexican ???

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    I tried putting 8's on my Schecter with a .50 for the low B, and man, that was the quickest I've ever snapped a string and bled. I only went up to the...I think it was maybe the 15th or 16th fret and tried one of those Yngwie bends, and as soon as I did it, the string snapped at that very spot and cut the tip of my finger straight across. But it was worth it for that one second.

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    I never break strings while playing, but I'm using 11-70's tuned down 1 step, so I can't imagine going with 8's, in fact I think I could go for more tension. I've used 13's tuned standard once, and I liked that once I got used to them, but then when I got my 7 I could only find Daddario 9's in a 7 string pack so I quickly got used to them (this is before I found online string companies to order from). I almost want to get 13's for my 7, or go baritone scale length.
     
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    Allen Garrow Famous Beaver Hunter

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    newfinator The LORD OF BYRON

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    I've never seen a set of seven string 8's. Who makes them?
     
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    jacksonplayer The Fusion Guy! Contributor

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    No one that I know of. The closest was a LaBella set that was pretty much an .008 set except for having a .009 high-E. But LaBella doesn't make those anymore.

    I use 6-string .008 sets and then take the .054 low-B strings from standard .009 7-string sets. I then use the remainder of the .009 sets for my 6-string guitars, which I tune down a whole step.

    You can, but you have to work harder at it, and why make playing any more difficult than necessary? Personally, I use .008s on my 7-strings to prevent a recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome, but I've grown to like the tone and control of .008s on their own merits.
     

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