Ive been stressing over this for about a year. I play 10-48's on my 6 string guitars and they feel a little sloppy to me but it works for a six. But when i got my second seven string (an LTD sc-207 (25.5 scale) that i completely upgraded, new Fishman Fluence Modern 7's, tone pros bridge, Hipshot locking tuners and of course i added some extra 3 way switches one for each pickup so i can select inner coil, outer coil or humbucker for each pickup (i do this on all my humbucker guitars as well) and voice one/voice two on the tone push/pull). Anyways im using a custom set for that guitar that goes as follows for standard tuning .0105, .014, .018, .026, .038, .050, .068 Ive been through every possible combination for standard tuning 7 string gauges and this is the only set that feels right. But i feel like im crazy cause everyone on the fourms always talking about .009-60 for standard. I do feel like im loosing a bit of tone on the E, and A in my set but using regular gauges for those strings just feels to loose an weak. Anyways any feedback/comments welcome. And yes im aware of the adage "if it works it works" and "if it aint broke dont fix it". I just want to hear from others who might be using similar gauges or from people who maybe thought their regular gauges were to thin on their 7 string but over time got used to the smaller gauges. My ultimate goal is getting the best tone in standard tuning as possible while still maintaining playability. That 68 for B is the only string ive used that has actually accurately and consistently intonated.