Originally Posted by prater
I recently switched from Blue Steels to D'addario Pro Steels and have noticed a much higher tension and on the D'addarios. I'm using .50 .70. .90 .110. The only difference in gauge compared to the blue steels is the A string which was an .85 with the blue steels.
The tension is so much higher it required some adjustments to my action and is making playing difficult.
Is it the hexcore that causes the higher tension?
I've considered switching to a .45-.105 set due to the tension
Switching back to the Blue Steels which I never had a complaint about but I want to stick with D'addario because my company has a deal with them and I can buy at cost.
Hex-core leads to lower tension but much stiffer strings. Tension is a function of mass, pitch, and scale length, and when comparing two similar strings of the same gauge the hex core string will have slightly less mass, it will also have slightly less tension. But when comparing strings from different manufacturers with different winding methods and different materials, other factors will affect the tension more than hex core versus round core.
Are you tuning to standard? I typically don't go above .045 - .105 on standard tuning, and when looking at tension it's usually the ADG strings that are noticeably higher than the E string so a .110 E might feel great but .070 on the D will be ridiculously tight.