Drop tunings on an 8 string

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  1. screamindaemon

    screamindaemon Overlord of Music

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    With a .80 guage string (thickest guitar string typically found) you could get it to work, though you would have much less tension (14.4 pounds as compared to 16+ pounds on the rest of the strings. But it would suffice.

    You can get thicker guitar strings or bass strings to offset the tension issue though.

    I went through this thought process too, but I opted for the 28.625 length to get an even tension across the fretboard.
     
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    AATTWDIS Nick

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    I think I like it B standard with a Drop E OR Drop G# with a low D#.
     
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    Dead By April use drop G on an 8 string.
     
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    That wouldn't be dropped that would be tuned up a half - step.
     
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    hey i play six string in CGCFAD how could i use that tuning in 8 string form
     
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    jerome snail Guitar Geek

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    Tosin's RG2228 is tuned this way. hear for yourself

     
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    Well, you could do as that guy up there said with the DGCGCFAD, or maybe you could have an extra higher string and a lower one, and go with GCGCFADG. It would be an interesting approach.
     
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    what gauge do you guys prefer for drop E on the low string? i'm getting a 28" scale agile soon, what do you think? i'm thinking .080, other than that all i can find is .074 or the .072 that it comes stock with.
     
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    Actually, if I'm not mistaken, man, it would be drop G. Since "standard" 8 tuning is low F#, the 8th string would be tuned up a half step, but the rest of the guitar would be tuned up one and a half steps. So yes, the whole guitar would be tuned up, but it would still be a drop G tuning.

    To the OP, drop F# would be: F# C# F# B E a c# f#. Basically, the stock F# is the same, and the rest of the guitar is tuned up one whole step. Drop G would be the same thing, but everything tuned up another half step.

    EDIT: blastbeatdown, for the 28.625" Agile, I'd say start with a .074 for E. Most people around here use a .080 for E on a 27" scale, and that's basically the reasonable limit before you get too thick (too boomy), so .074 is a safe bet.
     
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    I ordered a few .074 and a few .080, I'll let you know how I made out in a few weeks. Thanks a lot
     
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    When I get around to getting my band going properly I think I am going to push to play a few songs in 8 string 2 step drop as well. Has a Nice feel to it :)

    I use an 80 for a normal low F# on my agile however I like my strings tight so I would give that a ago for drop E.
     
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    I agree... I myself also have an 80 on my 8th string for the low F, it feels good and tight and not sloppy like other's below that string gauge, specially if u have a big scale length like a 28" or even 30"...
     
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    Aerospace274 Scotty G!

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    A lot of people seem to like .080's at at 27" or 28" scale! That'd be a good place to start!
     
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    So I'm going to audition for this band and they tune to Drop B (B-F♯-B-E-G♯-C♯) with a 6 string. The question is does anyone think this tuning is doable on my 8 string? What would the last two high string be tuned to? I'm thinking they might be much too high to work. Perhaps there would be a variation where I tune the 4 low strings to B-F♯-B-E and then the 4 higher strings to something different. Any thoughts on that?
     
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    One option is to try tuning your middle six strings to their tuning and put F#s on the low and high string:

    F# B F# B E G# C# F#

    If this is long term you may want to look at lighter gauge strings for at least the six higher strings.
     
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    Can anyone think of a variation that would allow for Drop A on a 25.5 inch scale length 8 string?

    A, E, A, D, G, B, E, ?

    Whats the next high string in this sequence? "A" again right?

    Or how about A, A, E, A, D, G, B, E?
     
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    I'd use ADGCFADG. That embeds your whole-step-flat six strings in the center, continues the normal interval down, continues the interval up, and allows using a normal string on that high G.

    I currently use the bottom part of this on 8-string (EADGCFAD).

    I'm planning on using a superset of this on a 10-string (BEADGCFADG). Unfortunately I have to unexpectedly travel a lot in the next few months, and so I don't have the money for this go-around in the semi-custom shop.
     
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    Its gotta be Drop A to play with another dude that plays 7 strings. Plus his A is 432hz instead of 440hz. Confusing I know.
     
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    Given the music you'd be playing together, I think it'd be better to stick a high G string on there for an interval of a minor third. Interesting chord and lead phrasing.

    You could do a low E maybe. Or have it stringed like I have, drop A with a low C#. A minor sixth between it and the A, I quite like it, but with my 27" I think it's a bit too bassy. If I had a 25.5", I'd go for the high G.
     

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