Hey guys, I may just be getting older and slowly accumulating Daditude but recently I haven't been getting along with my ERGs as much as I would hope. For my 8 string, more so on my 9 & 10 string, I'm finding that the lowest string is becoming increasingly auxiliary in my writing. To the point where I'm starting to wish those lowest strings weren't there. I've tried to add those strings as octave pedals tones to full chord but (it may just be my ears) those 0 octave notes just don't seem to add much when it's not an actual bass guitar. For general writing, I'm find myself using the 'traditional/tuned up' 7 string range of around G standard to B standard for a majority of rhythm riffing. Less so with an 8 string, but especially with my 9 and 10 string, those lowest strings just sit there without much use and I catch myself more often than not wishing they weren't there. It may just be the mechanics of playing guitar. For example, when playing piano usually the stool and your sitting is around middle C (C4) and those extreme octaves are at the edge of your playing center. However, for guitar it feels as if you move the piano stool to the far left around the F1-G1 range and attempting to play stuff near the center of the instrument (if that makes any sense). This is less the case with a 7 + 1 ERG where that added treble is great for lead runs and additional notes on top. I suppose what I'm working towards is that I assumed that these ERGs I have would be the GAS killer and I could use it for anything, but I'm finding that's not the case. Don't be misconstrued, I love the long scales, wider widths, and the ability for people to get some of these guitars as production models (who would have thought 8 years ago). Maybe it's an identity thing, even though this shouldn't be the case, I guess in the back of my mind I find myself needing to justify playing an ERG (using all the strings ect.) because the audience and players are very niche. It could also be a genre thing, if I was in an instrumental trio or duo I would probably use a 9 string, but if my songwriting includes a fuller band (bass, 2 or even 3rd guitar, keyboardist ect) I find myself gravitating to 7 string range for a majority and imagining maybe the odd song here and there with an 8 or 9. Do you guys have any suggestions? Maybe I just need to spend some time away from ERGs and break the mold. Any of you guys finding yourself tuning higher after all these years? Thanks in advanced for the suggestions.