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8-String Set On 6-String Guitar

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I was wondering if anyone could tell me if it would be detrimental to the integrity of my Squier strat if I put the last 6 strings of an 8 string set on it? Also, if any modifications would be necessary to the tuning nuts or the truss rod in order to compensate the thicker strings? And just to clarify, I will not be using all 8 strings from the set, just the last six (F#, B, E, A, D, G). And I understand that some of what I am asking depends on the gauge of the strings. Thanks in advance! :D

Here's a pic of the guitar I am talking about:

(I apologize if this topic is posted in the wrong category.)

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Check out the gauges of a new pack that you'd like to use...then see if the gauges on the 8 pack are similar. I imagine you want to do this because you have them "so why buy new ones". So use them...THEN do yourself a favour and buy 6 string sets. Why make life any more complicarted than it already is??? :?


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Look around at a few sites that sell guitar strings (or those of the manufacturers) and see what the thickest sets are.

D'Adarrio seems to stop at 60's.

Take that as your upper limit, I'd suggest.

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i know ghs strings sells boomers that go down to .70..

personally i think you have the wrong guitar for the job but thats just my opinion..

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