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Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by rexbinary, Feb 23, 2019.
i use 64 Paradigm Ball on my ESP NT7.
I use Elixir 9-42 with a 56 on my PRS SVN tuned to A# standard (and sometimes drop G#). I just don't like the way heavier strings sound.
My Ibanez RG7421XL has Elixir 9-46 with a 66 tuned to drop F#.
I swear to God some of you guys make me feel like a bitch picker. I go above 9 - 54 in B and I'm in for a bad time.
74 for G.Fight me.
I used a .80 for drop D on an 8 string once (drop G on the rest of the 7 strings)
74 for D and Eb are killer, try them sometime
Stupid funny to play yet sounds fantastic
I'll give it a shot, I think thinner strings sound more clear but I have to avoid picking as hard.
I’m using 54 for B/drop A on a 26.5 scale. When I did have an 8 string I used 74 for drop E, sounded and felt great to me although I didn’t have to sweat stability with the double locking setup of the 2228.
Between my tonal preferences and the fact that I don’t play as much as I used to/have occasional nerve issues I’ve found a sweet spot right around the middle, leaning towards lighter gauges.
EDIT: I also use Jazz III’s, alternating between the carbon fiber “Max Grip” guys and a thinner 88 depending on what sort of snap I want in my attack.
EDIT:EDIT: All of that said, my buddy who’s always been primarily an acoustic guy uses 13-56 for D standard on his 25.5” Schecter and I always have a blast playing on that. It’s all terribly subjective.
Everything plays a role. If you're a light picker you can get away with lighter gauges or thinner picks. If you're a heavy picker you'll want thicker strings and heavier picks to go though them.
I'm in the latter camp, and found out that 25'5" scale in A is just not an option to me. I'd need a 068 and that's just uncomfortable to me, and don't like how it sounds. I use 064 in a 27" scale with a 0095 set and works perfectly for me.
I used to use a .070 on that scale for A and it was fairly tight. I'd bump up to a 26.5 or a 27
Im using around 70 for 25.5 scale tuned to G# (but at 432hz so lower) and sometimes i think it is too thick and sometimes i feel not tight enough.
He said Huf
Maybe a dumb question, but how do you maintain "aggression" while picking lightly? I also want to use lighter gauges (I play a .68 for A-G) but I don't understand how to get an aggressive sound without picking hard.
well no I still pick REALLY hard, but I angle my pick downward towards the strings (25-45 degrees or so) and as a result it sort of immediately cancels out the horizontal movement of the string that occurs when you pick hard from a normal 90 degree angle.
John Browne and his super hard picking + pinky locking is where I began to get my technique from, he still runs 10-59 down to Ab and 10-74 for all of his 8 string work, and iirc uses something like a 52 or 54 for C
I keep referring people to this. From the man who uses a 52 for B:
I use a dr strings ddt 65 for drop A 25.5 scale. It’s pretty stable.
I'm using a D'addario 064 for the drop A on my Mayones Regius & Setius with the 25.5 scale. I would say you can get away with it, but If I pick the harder open - as I sometimes like to for power - it's not tight enough and the note "rises" a bit too much. The tone is good though. I recently got a 26.5 scale Ibby exactly for this reason and put a 064 on that one and now the string is behaving as it should in my opinion. So maybe get a 26.5 or 27 inch scale guitar, haha
Totally agree. The dr ddt .65 has more tension prob like a .68 I would guess.
Oh, didn't know that about the tension. That would seem like the right fit for this application then!! Have to keep that in mind, thanks!
Not sure it's been exactly stated but different brands of the same gauge also feel different. So if you want a stiffer tighter feel, I've found GHS and DR strings feel much tighter for the same gauges than Kaliums, EB, or D'Addario's. All a factor of materials, contruction, and winding methods.