#1
So yes, as the title states I ordered an 8 string yesterday. For those of you curious here's what's coming my way:

http://www.drumcityguitarland.com/drumcitygl/stores/1/Schecter-DIAMOND-SERIES-DCGL-Hellraiser-C-8-Electric-Green-Metallic-2011-8-String-Electric-Guitar-P4401C456.aspx?UserID=18266923&SessionID=yfbSvbhfxdSAOv7nrYKD

Unlike most people who get 8's and want to use it for drop E or something ridiculous like that, I'm going to be tuning it up to drop G, it will end up being G-D-G-C-F-Bb-D-G. I have been using a 7 in drop G, so basically I'm adding a high string to my setup instead of a low.

Here's my problem. I'm going to have to order my strings online, and I knew this going into it but I need advice. I've been playing a D'addario set that's 10-59 on my 7 with a 26.5 scale neck, the low G was a little floppy but not bad, I'll prob move up some just to keep things tighter. The 8 will have the same scale and the easiest setup after some extensive browsing looks like get a ernie ball 7 pack 9-52 and throwing a single 64 on top.

The thing I'm worried about is the high G, would the 9 snap tuned up that high?
#2
if ur tuning up a step and a half ur gonna need something thicker. itll work for awhile but with a 9 id b def worried about string breakage. maybe use a 12?
#4
Hey man, ignore alivezao. Thicker strings equal more tension, if there's too much tension, the string breaks. For example, if you take a G-string (around 17) and tune it up to E, it would snap. A 9 would probably work, but if you want to be careful, use an 8.
#5
Quote by alivezao
if ur tuning up a step and a half ur gonna need something thicker. itll work for awhile but with a 9 id b def worried about string breakage. maybe use a 12?

Completely the opposite. With a long scale and tuning up, a 12 would break much more easily than a 9. That's why bass strings are larger gauge than the treble strings...
8 gauge are commonly available, and i've seen companies that make smaller strings purely for tuning up.
#6
Thanks for the info and sorry for the double post, my computer froze and then wacked out so somehow it got posted in a diff forum.

Ernie Ball does sell .008s as singles so getting lighter won't be a problem, I'm just trying to keep things as simple as possible considering it's going to be a pain in the @$$ as it is.