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Hi UG Community,

I need your advice on some issues concerning 8-string guitars.

Which scale?

I have laid my eyes on several guitars with different scales ranging from 26.5" with Schecter, 27" with ESP to 28.65" or even 30" with Agile.
As a base player i have no problem with fast and accurate playing on a 30" scale. What I am concerned is the appropriate string thickness: Will the overall sound get muffeled due to too thick strings? I have noticed a lack of clarity on my 25.5" guitar, when using too thick strings. With a 30" scale I'll be forced to use thicker strings compared to a 26.5" scale. So do you think this might be a problem or have you experienced this?

Which PU position?

There are several distances from the bridge available, ranging from aprox. 1/5" to 1":


Just compare the SC-608B...
http://w**.espguitars.com/guitars_stef.html#

with the Agile Intrepid 828
http://w**.rondomusic.com/intrepidpro828bloodburst.html


How does the sound differ, when moving too far away from the bridge? I am afraid of adding too much bass and losing a lot of "chunkiness" when playing high gain mutes.

Any Advice from you guys would help me out here!


Thanks and merry Christmas
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#3
Quote by matrix151080
With a 30" scale I'll be forced to use thicker strings compared to a 26.5" scale. So do you think this might be a problem or have you experienced this?


Quite the contrary; larger scales need smaller strings.

The general consensus is that with longer scales, you get more clarity, and less 'twang'. You also get a lot more distance on your frets, so if you plan on playing Malmsteen on a 30'' guitar, you might find yourself having trouble.

Personally I'd go for the Agile, for pure freedom of choice. I'm a little tired of the black + EMG thing.
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Quote by Våd Hamster
Quite the contrary; larger scales need smaller strings.

The general consensus is that with longer scales, you get more clarity, and less 'twang'. You also get a lot more distance on your frets, so if you plan on playing Malmsteen on a 30'' guitar, you might find yourself having trouble.

Personally I'd go for the Agile, for pure freedom of choice. I'm a little tired of the black + EMG thing.

That's the theory, but the tuning makes a difference too. If you're going to detune, heavier strings are necessary, and a longer scale usually helps too. I want to say that the guys from Meshuggah use 8-string guitars, tuned a full step flat. At least they did for a while. I think the intent was to let the two guitarists get enough grunt and low-end that they could play without a bassist.
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@consecutive e
Well deep linking is an issue her in my home country but lets focus on the issue...

@Hamster and jean
Don't you agree that thicker strings add a lot more tension and thus a more stable tone when picking a string very hard?

The Meshuggah tuning is what I am aiming for. Does anymone know their string thickness?
There's a guy on youtube claiming to use .90 on the bass string. POINT NINETY!!!
#6
Meshuggah use standard 09-46 for the first 6 strings if im not mistaken.
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Quote by matrix151080

Don't you agree that thicker strings add a lot more tension and thus a more stable tone when picking a string very hard?

Yes, but with longer scale lengths, you don't have to worry about that because longer scale lengths = more tension.
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Quote by aznrockerdude
Yes, but with longer scale lengths, you don't have to worry about that because longer scale lengths = more tension.


Isn't that what I just said?

Anyhow. Any opinion on the pickup distance from the bridge?

Thanks for your comments so far by the way!
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Quote by matrix151080
Isn't that what I just said?

Anyhow. Any opinion on the pickup distance from the bridge?

Thanks for your comments so far by the way!

I don't want to sound like a broken record, so I'll kindly GTFO this thread instead of trying to help you out.

Also:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=599065&page=1&pp=40
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Yo wassup, I'm trying to expand my musical horizons if you know what I mean, so can anybody reccomend me some cool Juggalo jazz?