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    Default Re: Low tunings + low tension = good

    Quote Originally Posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
    Mattias IA Eklundh has been one of my favorite musicians since I discovered him, probably a little over a decade ago. He's using a .065" for his 8th string, tuned down to E. He does a lot of really neat things in this video, but the comb trick around 3:00 knocked me over.

    He is ridiculously good
    I took lessons from a guy that is friendly with him.

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    Ty Tabor tunes low and uses light strings. So I did the same.
    It works for him, and it works for me.

    I went as high as 12-56 tuned to D with my old Les Paul.
    Now I'm using 10-46, the tone is almost the same and I can play for hours with no discomfort. I dig it.
    Heavier strings feel great, but playing a buttery instrument feels even better.

    My Ibanez SZ which I normally use for E currently has 10-49, but I think I'll drop it to 9-42 and see what happens.
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    Default Re: Low tunings + low tension = good

    My favorite E set for a floyded 25.5 is the 9.5-44. For lower tunings I bump up a little, but huge strings do suck IMO.

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    Just got the D'Addario light 8 string set: 9,11,16,24,32,42,54,65. The top 7 strings are very similar to what I'm using now, but i'm looking forward to trying the 65 F#.

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    I like low tuning and low tension also. I struggled in standard for a while. Tried short scale, 8s, 9s, then heavier strings. None of them felt right. Eventually went eff it and tuned down to D. Worked perfectly. I didn't even need 11s or 12s to get fat tone. 10s are plenty for me. It's the same flexibility as 9s in standard. I learned all the notes to my new tuning. I get custom 10-49s.

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    Swapped the 74 on my 8 for a 65. Didn’t look at the tension stat so I’d be judging purely by feel and sound, not numbers. Love it. It’s obviously looser than the 80 I was originally using, but the tone is exactly what I was after and it’s still super playable. Power chords on the bottom 2 strings ring clearer, even tuned to E and A (octave below a standard 6 string).

    I’m done with tension calculators.

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    Hey JB, have you tried the D’Addario NYXL strings? I just put a set of 9-46 set on my Parker. That’s my regular set for that guitar.

    They have slightly higher tension. I had to tighten my truss rod to get the neck flat again (I use very low action and no relief)

    Very stable tuning.

    The bass strings have no flab at drop tunings. The treble strings have a smoother top end. They sound like 10s. You might like them. They’re expensive, but are supposed to last a long time.


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    I have a set of 10-46 NYXL on my ‘62 LP. They’ve been on for a couple years, and still stay in tune (it lives in the case mostly, but still...). Unfortunately, the 9 gauge 8 string sets have an 80 on the bottom. Once I’m 100% decided on gauges for this guitar, I’m gonna piece together NYXLs for it. The other guitars are getting them when I run out of EXLs.

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    I played a gig with them last night on my Parker P-38. No locking tuners, and a non locking Wilkinson trem. I dive-bombed some feedback at the end of one of the songs. The strings were totally slack. I was expecting to be totally out of tune afterwards and I wasn’t! Just had to tweak the low E a bit. I was in drop D.

    Totally impressed with them.

    I said “totally” too many times in this post.


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    Default Re: Low tunings + low tension = good

    Quote Originally Posted by Diego View Post
    Ty Tabor tunes low and uses light strings. So I did the same.
    It works for him, and it works for me.

    I went as high as 12-56 tuned to D with my old Les Paul.
    Now I'm using 10-46, the tone is almost the same and I can play for hours with no discomfort. I dig it.
    Heavier strings feel great, but playing a buttery instrument feels even better.

    My Ibanez SZ which I normally use for E currently has 10-49, but I think I'll drop it to 9-42 and see what happens.
    Funny, I own the same LP you do, I think (Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro). I keep it in E standard. Current string gauge is 11-52, which has a great tone, but is not geared to play fast. I think I am going to try 9-46 and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weepingminotaur View Post
    Funny, I own the same LP you do, I think (Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro). I keep it in E standard. Current string gauge is 11-52, which has a great tone, but is not geared to play fast. I think I am going to try 9-46 and see what happens.
    That's correct. Mine is definitely not set for playing fast tho, I've got 2 mm. of action in the high strings and 2.5 mm in the low strings side. So it's medium action I guess.

    I'm not sure I'd go for a 9 for the high E, that's gonna be very slinky but hey, might be your ticket for sweet, effortless bends.

    Let us know how it goes!
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    Default Re: Low tunings + low tension = good

    Quote Originally Posted by Diego View Post
    That's correct. Mine is definitely not set for playing fast tho, I've got 2 mm. of action in the high strings and 2.5 mm in the low strings side. So it's medium action I guess.

    I'm not sure I'd go for a 9 for the high E, that's gonna be very slinky but hey, might be your ticket for sweet, effortless bends.

    Let us know how it goes!
    Yeah, not sure if I'll do 9 for high E or 10. I want slinky but not all the way spaghetti noodle. :P

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    Default Re: Low tunings + low tension = good

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidRavenMoon View Post
    Hey JB, have you tried the D’Addario NYXL strings?
    Got the 9-80 NYXL set for my 8 string by cashing in Player's Points. The F# (80) and B (60) are super tight on the 27" scale, but they sound great. I need to go through and tweak the action now, as I think the heavier strings can definitely go lower.

    As an aside, this guitar (Ibanez TAM10) is my first 5 piece neck with Wenge reinforcement strips. It's incredible how much this stabilizes the neck. You know how when you're removing the strings the others raise in pitch a little? In the past, I'm used to the high E being almost pulled flat against the frets. On the TAM10, I took off 7 strings, and the high E was still at pitch. Even with the giant headstock and long neck, if I shake the guitar, there's only the slightest amount of pitch wobble. Pretty incredible.

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    Eb standard is nice.
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