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On the fence....GHS Pressurewounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bumperbass, Feb 1, 2013.


  1. bumperbass

    bumperbass

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    I really like the youtube videos I've heard with these strings. The threads on here are positive for the GHS Pressurewounds. I want to try them.
    I've been using D'Addario XL165's (45, 65, 85, 105) FOREVER. I'm looking for a little more thump and a little less twang. I play with pretty high action so that I can dig in and not get too much clank from the fretboard (I'll admit, I do get into it sometimes and my attack is pretty hard). I play 90% fingerstyle, classic rock, modern rock, and a few rock-ish country tunes.
    I play a MIM P-Bass (with Original '62 pickups).
    My question is, how is the tension of these strings compared to my XL165's? I wish GHS published a tension guide. :mad:
    Should I go with the ML7200 (44, 58, 80, 102) or the L7200 (40, 54, 76, 96)?
    For you guys that use them, what's the tension like?
    Jason says I shouldn't go any lighter than the M7200. I agree, but I am very concerned about the tension. I am not sure how long it might take me to adjust from say a 'rubber band' to a 'telephone pole'.
    Thanks a bunch. I want to get these on order.
     
  2. Josh Pelican

    Josh Pelican

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    I can't comment on the tension (compared to D'Addario), but as it stands, these are my favorite strings for my P-bass. I would go with the M7200 if I were you. You probably won't notice any difference.

    M7200 is .044, .062, .084, .106. Pretty damn close!
     
  3. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

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    I would get the gauges that are the closest to what you have. I really like the sound of Pressurewounds the minute I put a set on my bass.
     
  4. robertusf

    robertusf Supporting Member

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    Jump over the fence.....I used to always use 105 boomers or fender 8250s on my jazz bass

    Tension for me is perfect on ml7200s. I can still dig in but can also bend it if I want to. Plus they sound good for a decent range of music like you play
     
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  6. bumperbass

    bumperbass

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    Thanks, guys. Have money, will order!
     
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Pressurewounds are generally a little stiffer feeling, since they start out as a bigger string then are compressed down. So they may start as a .107 so they can end up with a .105.
     
  8. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

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    Yes, I think that is right, they will have a little higher tension than a standard string of the same gauge.

    I like Pressurewounds by the way ... they sound a lot like Boomers, with just a little less 'zing'.
     
  9. jamestown94west

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    I would describe the tension more as "medium"

    I love these strings
     

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