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Old 02-05-2016, 12:50 AM   #1
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Question about 8 string tuning

Right now my 8 string 25.5" scale is tuned to F#, B,E,A,D,G,B,E and I dont really like how the F# string is flimsy. I have 9-65 strings on and I was wondering what the tuning is called if I sharpen each string. Can anyone help please I just want a tighter feel with this set of strings with out going out to buy a new set.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:56 AM   #2
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:56 AM   #3
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Well I know that lol
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:59 AM   #4
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Then I don't know what your question is.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:59 AM   #5
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F A# D# G# C# - F# - A# - D# is this what the tuning is called?
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:06 AM   #6
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Well, that would be half step down. Half step up would be G C F A# D# G# C F which I think would technically be F standard.

Usually when folks say, what is this tuning called, they mean, is it standard, drop D, open G, etc, that's why I was confused.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:14 AM   #7
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Yes, F standard.
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25.5" is pretty short for an extended range guitar. I don't even like how a 7 feels at that length, let alone 8.

You can always just use heavier strings, too. 65 is super light for a low F#. Would be pretty nice for the low B of a 7 string. You probably want 70+ for the low F#, though.
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Yes but F# doesn't work on here is what I am saying I simply want to know what the tuning is called when I raise the strings half a step up
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25.5" is pretty short for an extended range guitar. I don't even like how a 7 feels at that length, let alone 8.

You can always just use heavier strings, too. 65 is super light for a low F#. Would be pretty nice for the low B of a 7 string. You probably want 70+ for the low F#, though.


Very much this.
I use a .66 for my low string (ranges between G and B) on my 26.5" guitar!
Personally, I'd go for something like at least a .75-.80 type of gauge to have a nice tension, but then, I put 10-52s on my standard tuned 6 strings (I use 'em from standard to drop C#), so my taste in tension is probably quite different to yours.
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