That's what i use, and it works nicely. Colorado Springs E, 2/100 of an inch is not much, that is true, but your conclusion is spurious indeed. The actual measurement is very slight in difference, yes, but the crucial difference is that .008 is 20% less than .010, and that is a very significant difference. The simple fact is, that there is a difference between guage sets. Whether the "tone" is "better" or "worse" is also not quantifiable. I find that .009s on my strat are "sproingier" and that makes for some classic Quack sounds, but I liked the sound of heavier .011s for my style of playing. I compromised at .010, because of that, and because my Muddy sounded so good with .010s. The idea that there is NO TONE with skinny strings simply has no basis in fact. There is tone, you may just not like it.