Will a .090 fit through a string through on an 8 string with a hipshot?

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  1. Vince Caruana

    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    Just bought an ESP SC-608b and I plan on putting a 9-80 set on. Ive been itching to try a .090 for years though and I was wondering if it will fit through the body, I'm not worried about the tuners since I'm pretty sure they come tapered.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Hipshot's diagrams say that the string through hole is ~.156", so a .090" string should be able to get through, though the angle might make the string sit a little weird until under full tension.

    Though, it depends on if they drilled out the body to diameter of the bridge.

    I owned a first or second year SC608B and had trouble getting an .085' through wood, it worked, but took some pushing and pulling. If I'd gone bigger I would have just drilled it out.
     
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    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    Thanks man
     
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    Check the additional info I added.
     
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    I can tell you that a hipshot will take a .090 with no issue (I use one on my 8) but like max said the body might not be able to without a little drilling first. I didn't need too with my DC800 but I have no idea if your SC model will. If memory serves right steph uses a really light guage so you might need to do a little drilling because he never even comes close to that issue
     
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    Djentlover666 Good case of the djents

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    Try labella strings. They use tapers on both ends. From .80 on up.
     

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