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Mike Harris

Texas, USA
Post  Posted 1 Feb 2019 11:12 am    
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I just expanded from a Dynalap S-8 to a Fender T-8 (24.5" scale). I am trying to figure out which strings to buy for C6th (low A, high G) and A6th (low F#, high E) tunings. The gauges given on Cindy Cashdollar's web page tend to be heavier than SIT sets and other recommended gauges. Is it simply a matter of personal preference--tight and strong versus loose and twangy? I've got to get 3 sets so I'd like to get it as right as I can the first time. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
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Douglas Bryant

California, USA
Post  Posted 1 Feb 2019 5:37 pm    
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This might help .....

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Nic Neufeld

Kansas City, Missouri
Post  Posted 1 Feb 2019 6:42 pm    
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I think if you're going for a high G C6, given that you are looking at an 8 string tuning, it might be easy enough to just to get an 8 string C6 with high E set, and add a .012 plain steel (or whichever everyone deems best) to add to it for the high G.

SIT has a good collection of reasonably priced string sets for 8 string including C6, A6, E13, etc.:

Lately I've been mostly sticking with John Pearse sets to get B11 and C13 with the deep low tuned B and C...
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Peter Jacobs

Northern Virginia
Post  Posted 2 Feb 2019 2:10 pm    
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I think it’s really personal preference. I don’t want the strings to be too loose and floppy, but I don’t want to be playing on telephone cables, either. On the wound strings, especially the lowest ones, I’ll check how easy it is to push them near the fretboard - one size up or down can make a big difference. Same with “thuddiness” — if the lowest string is too heavy, it may not ring as much as I want it to. Like most things, it’s a trade off...
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