#1
How many of you out there use 8's? (8-38)
I've heard its a bit easier to fret. I'm going to try them on my Strat (Roadhouse Deluxe).
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#2
I can't imagine that your guitar is set up properly and yet is still so hard to fret that you need to go to 8's. that just doesn't sound right at all.

8's are going to be bordering (at best) on too light. they'll probably be very loose and sloppy
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#3
I routinely use 9s when tuning to CGDAEG, but have occasionally used an 8 when I couldn't find a 9.
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#4
I'd like to try some 8s, I use 9s and they are good for me but to try 8s with lower action and very light picking, hardly any finger movement could be better for recording some techniques. All I can buy here is D'Addario 9s, I find them really good so no complaints.
#5
Would using 8's affect the action?
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#6
Oh, I thought you meant 8-strings... but yes, though I use a custom gauge they're very similar to a standard .008 set.

Are they easier to fret? They're so light and the action is so low that I barely have to touch them to fret them. Unless you want buzz, you'll have to really learn how to control your picking technique. Otherwise? I love them.

Will it affect your action? ...No, if you control your picking technique. Since they're much lighter you may have to adjust your truss rod, though. Then again, you might not have to.
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#7
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I routinely use 9s when tuning to CGDAEG, but have occasionally used an 8 when I couldn't find a 9.

Errr...to clarify, I use a custom set when tuning to CGDAEG, and use a 9 or 8 for that high G.
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#8
8s? Those break too easily. I myself use no lighter than 10s.
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#9
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8s? Those break too easily. I myself use no lighter than 10s.

If they break too easily then you need to control your picking technique. There's so little tension on the strings the only way to break them would be to wail on them.
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#10
I use 8's with an added 48 on bottom for Dropped C on a 7 string IIRC I also used them when I'd just started playing since I had no callous's.
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#11
I used 8's for ages on my shit box super strat. They didnt really feel any different to me than the 9's that were on it previously, if anything I noticed a bigger difference going from a 9 to a 10. The biggest difference I found was there was more variation in note when bending. But thats hardly a big thing I guess. They dont break any easier than 9's either.
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AFAIK Brian May uses 8's all the time.

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9 is already way too thin for my taste. Can't imagine what it would feel with 8.
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I use 8's with an added 48 on bottom for Dropped C on a 7 string IIRC I also used them when I'd just started playing since I had no callous's.

Does this mean tuning to CGCFADG? That's crazy if so. Good crazy, but still crazy
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Just fro fun i want to put 8's on a mustang...
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#16
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Does this mean tuning to CGCFADG? That's crazy if so. Good crazy, but still crazy


I guess I'm crazy then. I also have the Sperzel D-thing installed on that guitar too so it goes back and forth between a D and C on the low string. So many more chord and soloing options though
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#17
I used to use 10-36's and I couldn't even intonate properly for them, it might have been a little lighter on the other strings than 8's but I still can't imagine intonation being easy for it.
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#18
Don't know how you could even play that! Maybe i'm just use to 12's haha.
#19
drop your guitar with 8s on, and they'll all snap at the same time. really, i have bad experience with 8s
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#20
I use 9's on all my guitars. Both 25,5'' and 24,75'' ones. Used to have 10's on the latter, but my Yamaha SG came stock with 9's and I realised they sounded much better. Why would I put more stress on my fingers with heavier gauge? They sound great and I have zero problem with string breakage.

Never tried 8's. My local music store doesn't stock them to my knowledge - it would be fun tro try, but I think they would be too thin for my taste.
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#21
I normally use 10-46 or 11-49, but yesterday I installed a Dunlop 7-38 set just for lulz. Well, it's kinda fun
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#22
Quote by deadgroovy
How many of you out there use 8's? (8-38)
I've heard its a bit easier to fret. I'm going to try them on my Strat (Roadhouse Deluxe).
Comments?
I don't like light strings. I normally use "electric regulars", (.010 to .047).

I have used "electric light", (.009 to .042), and don't like them a bit.

For rhythm work and clean settings, (IMO) light strings sound thin, and hamper one's ability to manage to dynamics of strumming.
#23
I actually like the sound and the feel of lighter gauge strings for lead work - seems a bit more slick, somehow. I'd happily use 8-38 gauge if i was just going to be soloing all the time.

Really the difference between the sound of a certain gauge of strings isn't enough to justify using a particular gauge for a particular tone though. pick the gauge that you are most comfortable playing.
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#24
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I actually like the sound and the feel of lighter gauge strings for lead work - seems a bit more slick, somehow. I'd happily use 8-38 gauge if i was just going to be soloing all the time.

Really the difference between the sound of a certain gauge of strings isn't enough to justify using a particular gauge for a particular tone though. pick the gauge that you are most comfortable playing.
My first guitar teacher said that he kept one guitar strung with .009s (0r .008, I forget), for when he, "felt like bending some strings". His other axe was strung with regulars.

I you have only one guitar, that approach is pretty much moot.

I you have more than one axe, it's actually quite sensible..
#25
Never tried 8's. I use 9's on my strat and 10's on my mustang.
One of these days i'll try them. But i want to try heavier first
#26
Doesn't Malmsteen use .008 high E string (the lower strings are heavier)? And he plays in Eb tuning.

Edit: His string gauge is 08-48 in Eb tuning.
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