Ernie Ball 8-String Super Slinky

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sanjinator17
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So after buying my first 8-string, I needed to buy some new strings. Since I've been using Ernie ball super slinkys on my 7-string forever, I didn't think twice about purchasing the only 8s Ernie ball had. Thus I ordered a pack without really paying attention and to my surprise, upon recieving them, they had a .74, .60, and .52 for the bottom 3 strings. Does anybody know why that is? Those are like light bass strings. They're on the Ernie ball website if you want to see for yOurself

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that looks weird to me. i imagine the 52 and 60 to be too tight for the E and B. normally you would have the 52 or even 59 for B and no 60 in between. i just checked and the 8 string set of d´addario looks pretty similar. it has a 74, 64 and 54 as bottom strings oO
if i had an 8 string i probably would go with my usual 7 string set and add an extra 74.

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Not sure what you thought they would be? Sounds right. Just getting a manufactured set for an 8 string anywhere, will be something comparable to what you got. Not sure who makes a packaged 8 string set of strings that don't involve 70-60-50 of some sort. 6 strings are normally what, 9-50 give or take. 2 extra strings go thicker naturally.

Maybe you were expecting...

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thats because those idiots think that adding a 0.10 with any extra string adds the ''exact'' tension LOL

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So what you were expecting was the same 6 string EB set + 2 additional strings? They threw a decent size monkey wrench in that! Chalk it up to experience. Maybe you'll find something useful out of the set-up you got, that you weren't expecting.

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my personal favorite for 8-string are the Labella HRS Crazy Eights, they play so well and are the lighter gauges than the Ernie Balls.
09 12 15 22w 30w 40w 54w 74w

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yeah those look like they make more sense

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...so there's actually 9 strings in the 8-string pack? I think the idea is that if you are going 8-string 'standard' tuning (i.e., F# B E A D G B E), you would use the .010-.064, and if you drop-tune at all, you would have the .074 on the bottom and could fiddle around with the gauges on the high strings. Unlike 7 strings, which we generally seem to tune B E A D G B E, A E A D G B E, or B D A D G B E, there is really no set way to tune an 8-string that would put the tension of the bottom few strings into the range of a single available string. Also, scale lengths between different 8-string guitars can get a little odd. I've heard of Schecter guys liking that .074 for that shorter scale.

Irregardless, the LaBella set probably has the gauge set-up that you probably want.

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Ernie Ball 8 string set is horrid. Too much tension in the middle section, and not enough on the low end. Go for 10-48 6 string set, and then a 58 and 80 on the low end. Or if you want more tension, 10-50 and 60 and 80.

I didn't read much of the comments above, but I'm a guitar tech and I know about string tension. I have a graph for what notes should have what gauge string, but it's on my other computer.

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I'm literally telling you guys, I don't know what Ernie Ball was thinking while making that string set. Use a 6 string set and buy 2 separate strings. Probably you'll need a bass string for the .80 gauge... which doesn't matter. Anything past .40 is considered bass, and the only difference is length and ball end. They aren't different sounding.