Extra light string gauge recommendation

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by 9unslin9er, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. 9unslin9er

    9unslin9er Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I recently purchased my first 7-string, a Jackson X series soloist and was wondering what string gauge everyone uses for standard or above.

    It's a 26.5" scale and factory set-up with 9-56 gauge and tuned to Bb.

    I typically run my 6-strings with 25.5" scales with 9-42 in standard and am very comfortable, so I figure I wouldn't dig the tension for the 7-string unless I used lighter strings.

    Since none of the big manufacturers make a 8-gauge set for 7-string, I was wondering what people use for the low B.

    Ernie Ball's extra slinkys run 8-11-14-24-30-38

    What should I use for a 7th? 48? 52?
     
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    Nile Giver of the Likes

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    48 would be a noodle. 52 I've had work before but if it doesn't 54 should work.
     
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    jacksonplayer The Fusion Guy! Contributor

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    I play with a 8-38 set, and I would use a 52 for the low B.

    LaBella used to make an 8-52 7-string set, but I believe they discontinued it years ago.
     
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    kris_jammage SS.org Regular

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    Yeah I'd go with a .52 or .54

    Anything lower and it wouldnt really be playable, and I like a loose string!
     
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    larry ". . . . . . . ."

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    well, here's my setup just to give you an idea of how uber slinky those strings might be for you. i tune EBEADgbe at 29.4" and use .070, .050, .036, .027, .020, .014, .011, .008 respectively. according to the string tension calculator this gives me about 14 lbs. of tension per string which is very comfy if you like to play with a light touch. the average tension is closer to 20 lbs.

    not sure what your playing habits are so i suggest using the string tension calculator (search the site, you'll find it) if you're after a specific tension and give your gauges a try. being able to compare weights at a glance saved me from a lot of trial and error. :yesway:
     
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    erotophonophilia SS.org Regular

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    9unslin9er Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the great responses guys.

    I do have a really light touch with both my left and right hand. I can't even remember the last time I broke a string, and I have 9's on my 24.75" Floyder!

    In any case, I'll give the 52 a try first. I've always had luck with Ernie Balls so I'll just get their blue pack and buy a bunch of the singles. Cheers.
     
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    Steve_U1S SS.org Regular

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    I'm like you, using a very light touch, and depending on the instrument, I'm using either the D'Addario 8s, or 8.5s - and I landed on a 48 for the B myself.
    This is on 25-1/2" scale Ibanez instruments, in standard tuning.
    I have a very light touch... =]
    Nice to see others chiming in with similar string gauge tastes.
     

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