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8-string Alt tuning help.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KB5, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. KB5

    KB5 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    So I stumbled upon a stupid cheap ESP B-208FM 8-String. I am checking it out on Wednesday and hope to strike a deal and take it home. I want to tune it to drop D and tune the octave strings on the D and G down A and D respectively. I'm planning on Kalium Hybrids as they are my favorite stings lately. Any suggestions on string gauges?

    To clarify tuning:
  2. Going off the gauges for GHS's 8 set, then thickening the E to drop-D and copying the lowered octaves you specify I get:
    Dd: .100/.050 or .110/.055
    Aa: .070/.035
    Da: .055/.035
    Gd: .040/.025

    This is just a guess, but a logical starting point.
    Ask Kalium what they recommend based on the above so that your tension is balanced.
    They know stuff.
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  3. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    I assume you know what gauges you want for DADG, so to choose the 4'octave' strings:
    Useful rules derived from physics:
    2 strings at equal tension an octave apart will have gauges in ratio 2:1.
    2 strings at equal tension a fifth apart will have gauges in ratio 3:2.

    However thinner strings don't need as much tension as fatter strings because they have less mass and are therefore less prone to floppiness, so it's possible to make the 4 'octave' strings a little looser than the others if you want to. You can see some 8 string sets do this.

    Why not use the Kalium tension chart to choose gauges?
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2018
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  4. KB5

    KB5 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Thanks guys! I didn't know Kalium had a tension chart. The ratios make perfect sense, I just hadn't thought that that far into this. The hive delivers again.
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