#1
I'm not really into heavy strings, and I hate using anything past 0.10's. Is .08 too light a gauge? I've never used them, and I'm wary, but it sounds like they would suit my needs. What's a good brand? And would it mess up my Strat's neck, which has .09 Fender Bullets? I usually play in Standard or half step down.

EDIT: Anyone know of any artists using .08's?
#2
half step down will feel pretty floppy with 8's

and you might need to adjust the neck. swap one string at a time, if you choose to go with 8s
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#3
Go with .9s. Half-step and maybe down to full step down will work with .9s, but i would only use .8s for open tunings myself.
#4
wtf 08's is so light. i use 11 gauge strings and they're pretty light for me cause i got used to them
#5
ok, i hate to sound like a dick here, but my little brother uses 11's and he's only 14, and he's pretty scrawny. there really is no advantage to using super light strings. The go out of tune when you fret chords, they break easily, they downgrade the tone. the only about them is that you can bend the **** out of them. why not just man up, and get some finger strength? i've broken so many 9's just on a simple bend, it's ridiculous and i'm a pretty weak guy.

so basically, yes 8's are too low. don't be a chump. at least get some 9's.
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#6
thin strings sound thin and bright; i have a preference for warmer sounds, i play 12's. they won't stand up long to aggressive picking.

you will be able to have huge bends though.
#7
Yea, a half step down would feel pretty iffy with .08's. You're also probably gonna want a set-up if you're switching gauge, although it might not matter if it's a pretty small change.
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#9
The only guy I know of who uses .08s is Yngwie. He tunes down a half step too, and they seem to work out for him.
#10
Quote by XxGibsonSGxX
I'm not really into heavy strings, and I hate using anything past 0.10's. Is .08 too light a gauge? I've never used them, and I'm wary, but it sounds like they would suit my needs. What's a good brand? And would it mess up my Strat's neck, which has .09 Fender Bullets? I usually play in Standard or half step down.

EDIT: Anyone know of any artists using .08's?


It shan't mess up your neck if you adjust the truss rod properly to provide less bow.

Yngwie plays .08s if I remember as well.

Honestly I used to hate heavy gauges as well but you need to realize that they have their application. Playing with 13s for rhythm is so much more satisfying than with 9s, and they build finger strength. They also sound deeper.

**EDIT: Deth beat me to the Yngwie observation by 1 minute xD
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#12
Yngwie is known to use focking .08s - .38 tuned a half step down.

i've used them on my shred guitars a few times...very thin sounding and a bitch to keep in tune if you want to go down a half step... but its all about personal preferance dude

try them out if they don't do it for you go upto .09s

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The only guy I know of who uses .08s is Yngwie. He tunes down a half step too, and they seem to work out for him.



yeah cause his guitar/setup is stock.
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LOOK AT THE TIME ON BOTH POSTS, ONE MINUTE APART. MAYBE THAT POST WAS NOT THERE WHEN HE CLICKED REPLY.

Asshole.
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#15
dude stick to 9s... yngwie probably has to change strings every 4-5 days with 8s
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LOOK AT THE TIME ON BOTH POSTS, ONE MINUTE APART. MAYBE THAT POST WAS NOT THERE WHEN HE CLICKED REPLY.

Asshole.


Lol, thank you for defending me, because I did not see those posts above mine.
#17
Quote by Mo Jiggity
LOOK AT THE TIME ON BOTH POSTS, ONE MINUTE APART. MAYBE THAT POST WAS NOT THERE WHEN HE CLICKED REPLY.

Asshole.


Lol, thank you for defending me, because I did not see those posts above mine.

EDIT: Thank you TUMFP, I did not realize one person could be so helpful.
#18
I use 8's and they have plenty of beef. Not sure about the downtuning, I only play in standard. You can do a lot of things that are much more difficult with heavier strings. Been using them since the 1970's.
#19
Devin Townsend used 8's back in the 80's if you are looking for more artists to add to the list. He uses 10's now - he says that he broke too many 8's and 9's and that the pitch doesn't translate well when you start playing in bigger venues.

Personally I use 11-54's but I'm tuned down a step and I need strings that will hold tunning better and not be all floppy when I'm playing.

Go with at least 9's if not 10's!
#20
sg don't worry, people who are used to posting know you didnt see the other posts.

we just ignore haters. anyway, if you want the 8's go for it, but u will probably pick up some fret buzz.
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#21
Quote by Mo Jiggity
LOOK AT THE TIME ON BOTH POSTS, ONE MINUTE APART. MAYBE THAT POST WAS NOT THERE WHEN HE CLICKED REPLY.

Asshole.


I do apologize, I did not look at the time. Sorry, I will remove the other post as it has no relevance and is a waste of space.

Like said sorry, I did not look. My bad.
#22
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sg don't worry, people who are used to posting know you didnt see the other posts.

we just ignore haters. anyway, if you want the 8's go for it, but u will probably pick up some fret buzz.


Hmmm, fret buzz, eh? I was also contemplating putting Schaller Locking tuners and putting extra screws in the bridge...would that help my tuning stability at all?
#23
hmm extra screws in the bridge? (extra springs?)

not sure what you mean. a balanced bridge and good stringing technique will help with tuning.

raising strings, and swapping one string at a time, can help prevent / take care of buzz.
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#24
i just dont get how anyone could play with strings lighter than 9s... well honestly dude i say go for it. if you like it thats great, if not switch back to 9s. no harm done
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#25
Quote by jj1565
hmm extra screws in the bridge? (extra springs?)

not sure what you mean. a balanced bridge and good stringing technique will help with tuning.

raising strings, and swapping one string at a time, can help prevent / take care of buzz.


Wow, I'm out of it, yeah I meant springs. I usually swap strings one at a time anyways.
#27
Wow that must be damn light. I have 9s on my electric, which is light. But 13s on my main axes. Although the one with the 9s is one of my main axes as well.
#28
8's are incredibly light

Honestly I would try and get used to playing 9's, you'll lose quite a bit of bass response on the low strings on a set of 8's.
#29
.08's are way too light for me... i use .13's and i put together a custom set of .17's sometimes...
#30
if 8's too light for your style, try EB hybrid slinky or super slinky (both 9's)
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