String gauge for 27" at drop f#?

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    Taking delivery of my new ESP NT7-B 27" today, and I need to make a quick Amazon order for some strings to come tomorrow. What should I go with? I like 12-60 on a 6 string set to drop B if that helps.
     
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    I normally go for the Ernie ball heavy top skinny bottom 8 string pack and sack off the highest string.

    I play in drop F# with a 27” scale length and find the tension is pretty good.

    Also, HNGD!
     
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    Yeah, that's a pretty good approach IMHO.

    80 gauge is about right for the low F# at any rate; whether the rest of the set is exactly perfect is up to you, but it will work just fine.

    It's really frustrating how poor the commercially available 7-string sets are, frankly. There are only a handful of them which even have 60 gauge as the fattest string, with most only being 56, and some being an extremely anemic 52. Even tuned to B standard, that is going to be flappy as hell.
     
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    Appreciate the info! Thanks, she's a beauty!

    Cannot agree enough. It really is ridiculous considering how many 7 string models are sold.
     

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    HNGD!!
    80, in my opinion, is high for a 26.5" 7 string. I use these:
    Progressive Tension Ultra Heavy 7 | Horizon Devices
    For drop F# to E. They are the highest tension at F# and lowest I'm willing to tolerate at E(1, bass octave E). I also only have a 26.5" 7, no 27".
     
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    Well it's always down to taste, of course, but for me 80 gauge for F# is spot on for me.

    It's about 19lbs of tension on a 27", which is almost exactly what I play in A-standard with a 68 as the A string. Much less than that and I feel that I don't get a nice toight consistent chug. A 74 would give about 17, which is quite a bit flappier.

    Compare to "normal" guitars - If you play a 25.5" 6 string in Standard with a very pedestrian set of Hybrid Slinky strings then you get... Just about 19.5lbs of tension on the E.
     
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    I’ve always leaned towards heavier gauged string and ideally would go

    I’m with you on this. Anything less than an 80 would be way to floppy to keep things tight for me and my playing style.

    The only pain in the arse thing with an 80 gauge string is I have to unwind the very top of the string to get it through my locking tuners!
     
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    Just drill out the tuner to accommodate a larger string gauge. 5 minutes with a drill, if that
     
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    It’s all black hardware that I don’t want to butcher with my shoddy workmanship!

    It only realistically adds two minutes to my restring time when changing strings so I’ll stick with that for now. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it?
     
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    It's metal to take a powerdrill to things you love :p
     
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