#1
What does it feel like?
Also how long do 8s last normally?
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#2
it feels very slinky, and the strings tend to snap more.
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#4
Didn't Clapton use something daft like 8s to get his bluesbreakers tone? IIRC lots of the 60s legends did at one point. A bit of a lost trend- these days its all 'fatter is better'.
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#5
You can bend 8s with your mind.
Thats why I use.
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.016
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.044
.056

EDIT: Yeah, those strings and no crappy drop tunings either, so don't start winning about metalheads.
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Didn't Clapton use something daft like 8s to get his bluesbreakers tone? IIRC lots of the 60s legends did at one point. A bit of a lost trend- these days its all 'fatter is better'.


He used .09s. He got the nickname “Slowhand” because his bends would break the first string, and since he only had one guitar, the audience would clap slowly while he changed the string.
#7
I use .008s on a 27" neck for E. I think they're beautiful, they provide the perfect tension. As for breaking? That depends entirely on your playing, and the quality of your guitar on the parts where the string touches. I've had an .008 on 27" at G for a few weeks before I got bored with it and tuned it down...
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#8
I used to use 9s, and I find they break a bit more often than 10s - 8s might break more, especially the 1st string. I suppose you'll need almost no effort to play them, and you may accidentally bend strings at times.

You'll obviously need at least a truss rod adjustment, too.
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#9
I've always used 9s, then I put some 12s on my Chavel and tuned it down a step. The difference is not that bad, I mean, it's a little harder to pick fast for a long time, but you move your hand less when picking, and bends are a little harder too. The low E was kinda hard to get under the retention bar too.

Edit: And the tone is alot different too. The lowest I'd go is 9s, 8s would probably break on me every week or so with how hard I play.
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#10
8's feel great.

sidenote-yngwie uses 8's if im not mistaken
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#11
I started off on 9's. I heard that 8's break more easily. I'm using 10's at the moment.
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#12
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You can bend 8s with your mind.
Thats why I use.
.012
.016
.016
.032
.044
.056

EDIT: Yeah, those strings and no crappy drop tunings either, so don't start winning about metalheads.



Yeh, I'm using .11 .15 .22 .34 .44 .56's in Standard.
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#13
Billy Gibbons uses .07s except for downtuning for slide playing where he uses .08s. And that's on 24.75" scale.

Then you get guys like SRV who for a short time used a .13 high E on 25.5".

Use whatever's most comfortable for you. The difference in tone between string thickness is next to nothing. A tighter string will always have a little more 'thump' to its tone but that depends on scale length and tuning as well. Lighter strings shouldn't break any more than heavy ones if the guitar is made and set up properly.
#14
SRV used 12s exclusive with sometimes 14s, not 13s.
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#15
Actually he never used any particular sets. He started out using a set based around normal .09s with a heavier G string and throughout his career he went thicker and thicker with unusual mixes of gauge and then towards the end he was going for lighter strings again. It's pretty well documented. His thickest high E, or Eb in his case, was a .13.
#16
I used 9s for a while but i started to think the tone was kinda shitty so went back to 10s and i think they sound better

Not sure what 8s would sound like working on that logic
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#18
I like using 10s. They still bend easy enough for it not to be an effort at all, and the sound a little less fat and brighter than 11s or 12s. That is just my personal preference, but 10s can get annoying for drop tuning.

8s could be good for throwing around "bendy" fast licks that are more bluesy. Not my style though :P
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#19
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He used .09s. He got the nickname “Slowhand” because his bends would break the first string, and since he only had one guitar, the audience would clap slowly while he changed the string.


what the hell? whats all this talk about 9s breaking?

i use 9's, play a few hours a day, play a shitload of solos, bend all the time and after two months they havent broken.....do you guys change your strings every 6months or something?
#20
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what the hell? whats all this talk about 9s breaking?

i use 9's, play a few hours a day, play a shitload of solos, bend all the time and after two months they havent broken.....do you guys change your strings every 6months or something?


Exactly, I change my strings atleast once a month just because I like strings.
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#21
I've played the Yngwie Malmsteen signature hybrid set for about 3 years now; obviously I
dig 'em. Easy bends, legato, vibrato on the top end, and tight riffing on the thicker lower strings.

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I've never once broken an 8, although I have broken a few 9's before. The 8's last just as long as the 9's, no problem, and yes, bends and vibrato are easier, but it really depends on the string material. For example, pure nickle strings are WAY easier to bend. Way easier.
#22
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SRV used 12s exclusive with sometimes 14s, not 13s.

He used .13's. Do some googling.
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#23
My mistake then, sorry.
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#24
If youre used to 10s, the 8s will break pretty quickly.
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#25
8s? Wow.
I use 10-13-17-36-52-60

I don't think i've ever even played on a set of 8s.
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