Higher tension B-G or E-C?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by natas, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    say a 5 strings tuned B-G 40-125
    and another tuned E-C 25-100/ 30-100

    which set would have a greater pull (higher tension) and would make the neck bow more? thanks..
  2. Awesome Sauce

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    Dec 21, 2011
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    All other things being equal i.e., brand, type, wrap, etc., the E-C will typically have higher tension. The higher strings tend to have higher string tension, as well as stiffness.

  3. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    E-C - 25-100 least tension
    B-G - mid tension
    E-C - 30-100 most tension
  4. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    thanks for the inputs guys. i am now down to two options. changed my mind from 40-100 basic set to 45-105. now i'm choosing either a .125 bstring or a .25 cstring.
    i would go for the one with lesser tension in this case would it be the 25-105?
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  6. Jefff

    Jefff Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    The low B will generally have less tension.

    That has nothing to do with the sound you want or what you want to play.
  7. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    yeah let's set aside tone for a while. But now i'm confused.
    set 1 E-.105 A-.85 D-.65 G-.45 C-.25
    set 2 B-.125 E-.105 A-.85 D-.65 G-.45

    which will make the neck bow more?
  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Neither. A minor adjustment to the truss rod will make the neck relief identical.
  9. JcRico

    JcRico Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2013
    assuming you're just putting on the strings and not tweaking the action for some reason, it would really depend on the manufacturer. Taking a quick peek at Circle K tension guide, a .025 C will be at about 28 lbs of tension, while a .125 will be aboot 35 lbs. Granted, that is with their strings, so YMMV. Also, as the above poster pointed out, an action adjustment should solve any problems.
  10. natas


    Mar 14, 2013
    thanks for the inputs.though we should put aside adjustments on truss rod,tone, etc.
    let's just stick to the topic for now.
    nice point though jcrico.i totally forgot the manufacturer variable.