Steel strings - tension
I have been playing for about 2 months now with Thomastik Spirocore mittels 4/4 size as I play on a 4/4 bass. I come from gut strings, and I'm having some difficulty with the higher tension. I know steel have more tension but it feels like there is way too much tension then what it should be.
I played on my teachers bass who also has the same strings but 3/4 and the tension was not like mine. I was much more comfortable on his bass. Maybe it's just my bass? Is there any other string you recommend with less tension? The thing is I'm happy with the spirocore's cause they're loud, even though they still don't cut through like gut strings in a jazz setting.
Is it possible to buy solo strings and tune them normally E-A-D-G? Or would there be not enough tension to be able to play?
Thanks for any help in advance!
Get the S42W Spirocore 4/4 Weich set.
The 4/4 solo strings in orchestra tuning might have too less tension.
Every bass is different, so what works well on your teachers bass might not work on yours. Keep the Spiro Mittel set you have now, play on the Weich set until you have enough power in your hands so that they feel weak and maybe come back to the Mittel set (probably string by string beginning with the E).
If you are happier with gut, use gut. Spiros are very different from gut and they need some time until they are played in. In case of Spiro Mittel this can take several weeks or months.
You can also try 3/4 solo Spiros in orchestra tuning, but the strings might be a bit short (at least on a 5-string) and the tension on the lower strings is less compared to the upper ones.
What is the playing string length on your bass? String heights and the amount of scoop in the fingerboard are significant factors too.
You could also buy a High-C string and bump the set you have.
Seriously, you might be able to pluck a high C tuned to G, but the tension is much too low to bow it. And even plucked you won't be very happy. Downtuned solo Spiros should be enough.
Thanks for the replies guys. I think my string length is 43 on my bass but I will check to make sure. It's a strangely big bass. I don't know about the scoop. Do I measure that in the middle of the fingerboard?
I love gut but it's so hot and dry here, I keep snapping the damn strings every 3-4 months.
It's too expensive to keep up.
You might try Velvet Blues. Big, resonant sound (on my bass), somewhere between wound gut and steel feel wise, and the lowest price Velvets, AFAIK.
Hi Eric I heard about these strings. How do they bow?
Thanks for the info!
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