#1
I was initially thinking about getting a Peavey Vicious 7 string baritone guitar (with a scale of 28") in order to reach tunings such as open G (GCGCGCE) or F# standard, without it sounding like crap, but I found that the ESP Horizon NT7 baritone is cheaper and easier to get, plus I really like the playability of the Horizon series.
However, its scale is 27". Would I still be able to reach those tunings without the strings being too floppy? And if so, what string gauges would feel comfortable? (knowing that I usually play on 009s if tuned in standard)
Thanks in advance!
#2
Depends on the gauge. I met a fella who put a very short scale guitar in B by means of .17 gauge strings. For f# standard on a fairly long scale you'll probably want .13s with heavy bottoms, but even then you might need 14s. You'll need the thickness to get a decent tone that doesn't sound like a fart: the number one problem 8 string players have with a flubby F#.
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#3
With a set of D’Addario you could probably hit G. Not sure about F#; that might require drilling out the sixth tuner and using some crazy custom string set.
#4
So the difference in scale (27" instead of 28") could easily be compensated by using thicker gauges?
#5
If you do it hire someone with experience. The strings are gounna be like barbed wire unless you don't mind loose strings
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