Experimenting with 8s on my Esquire

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  1. guitarist232345

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    Hi all,

    today I think I will install a set of 8 gauge strings onto my Esquire just so I can experiment. What're your thoughts on this gauge of strings on a tele styled guitar? I usually play Heavy bottoms skinny tops but just want to experiment.
     
  2. AAT65

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    Make sure you have spares!! My experience of 8s is you get a lotta string-changing practice... :lol:
     
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    I use Ernie Ball extra slinky 8s on everything .

    I tried them because of Arthur's iitis in my hands that make even bending 9s uncomfortable an even painful.

    8s were my answer ;)

    I've not broke a string yet . I play almost exclusively with my fingers .
     
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    I used to use 8-38’s on all electrics. Never had a breaking problem. Some techs hate working on guitars strung with 8’s.

    we need a movement of Stop the Hate’s on 8’s !!!!!!
     
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    try these next :)

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    I play with my fingers and dont use picks and I found I have to play the lighter gauge strings too hard to get the sound I want.
     
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    Never tried 8s in my life, bit being a 11s guy I think I would not love them.

    Be sure to let us know how it goes!
     
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    Me too. My toes are too short to play bar chords. :D
     
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    I have the Billy Gibbons set of 8's on all of my guitars, including my Telecaster. It is the only string type I play now.

    They don't sound any different than any other strings I've played, and I have yet to break one.
     
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    I play everything from 8s to 12s depending on the guitar.

    8s definitely have a different feel. You can really manhandle them compared to heavier strings, which can be fun.

    I need to try those 7s!
     
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    I use 8s on all my guitars. I've never broken any. I leave the heavy strings on my bass where they belong.
     
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    Did not even know they made them.I have 9s on every thing.
    I have to try the 8s.Are the 7s real or a joke?
     
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    When I was a young man back in the seventies I used 8’s on an SG I had. By about 1978 I had a Strat and switched to 9-42 and it’s been that way ever since. I use 9-46 on a couple of my guitars.

    after reading this thread I might try 8’s for the helluvit.
     
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    Yeah why not! I usually like 10s but I thought why not, what else am I doing in quarantine lmao
     
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    They're real.
     
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    Update: wow.. these strings have made this sound more Tele/Esquire-like by increasing treble output which I did not expect. Only a tiny bit but I can hear it. They're also ridiculously easy to play.
     
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    When I was a young man back in the seventies you played 13s and pleaded with the guy to please get some 10s, or even 11s for all you were worth, but to no avail...


    And they were flatwound sets.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I’m not a small Human and I’m heavy handed, so, I just can’t play anything under a 10 or they’ll last about 5 mins.
     
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    I played .013s on acoustic and .010s on electric for almost four decades.
    Due to all the accumulated injuries I finally went to a .009 set maybe a year and a half ago.
    I do recall when I tried electric it was hard to not yank the little strings out of tune until I learned more control and didn't depend as much on the strings resistance.
    I can see a set of .008s in my future for sure.
    Hopefully I can learn to manage them!
     
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