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06-03-2013, 02:20 PM
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Has anyone ever done a real controlled test of string tensions?

I'm thinking you could by a single string bridge and a single tuner and mount it to a solid plank of wood or even on a piece of angle iron for something more less affected by the string than a bass neck and then test the tension with a scale similar to the ones used to test the draw weight of a bow. Anything like this ever done?
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06-04-2013, 11:55 AM
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Tension on strings is linear - it pulls in the direction of strings. I'm not sure how your gauge idea would work for that. In any case, why would you even bother when physics tells you exactly how to determine tension from the mass of the string (which is considerably easier to measure)?
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06-04-2013, 06:14 PM
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 Originally Posted by FunkMetalBass Tension on strings is linear - it pulls in the direction of strings. I'm not sure how your gauge idea would work for that. In any case, why would you even bother when physics tells you exactly how to determine tension from the mass of the string (which is considerably easier to measure)?
I think simple mechanics will tell you the string tension as you pull it to one side but you will have to measure both the displacement force and the distance. It might be easier to rig up an inline force scale to measure the tension directly. It is not so easy to measure the mass of strings you want to play. To get an accurate mass measurement you need to cut off the tapered part at the tuner end, the ball end of the string, then measure the length of the remaining constant diameter string and its mass. You won't be playing that string! You can do that to old strings you have just replaced easily enough. Or string manufacturers could just publish the information....

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06-04-2013, 07:07 PM
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another problem is that basses of different designs string up differently. My Fender Jaguar strings up with noticeably less tension/more flexibility than say, my Ibanez SRT. Also interesting, the same string brand/type/model feels more smooth when on the Ibanez.
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