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String Tension..?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jblmusic1994, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. I haven't really paid much attention to string tension.

    Which strings/gauges have higher/lower tension?


    Does higher/lower tension help achieve faster/slower finger technique?
  2. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Trinity, FL
    i look at JustString.com ... they post the string tensions if the manufacture gives them ...

    lowest tension i've found are my rather floppy Ti flats ... gotta play a little easier and closer to the bridge ... or really raise the action ...

    i think you need to adjust your bass/neck/setup , and also how you play a little bit , depending on string tension ...

    if you found a tension that you like the feel of , and you also like the sound of that string ... then adjust things accordingly ...

    what's better or worse ... that's up to you .. !! i have different types of strings on different types of basses , to play different types of stuff on ... !??!

    experiment ... buy some used strings ... try them out ..
    have some fun .. !!! Dave C. Tampa bay
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  4. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Experiment with different string types and gauges, it's all personal preference.
  5. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    West Babylon, New York
    I have found that lighter strings feel like they have less tension. I also have shimmed some of my necks to give the strings (light or heavy) more of a break angle at the bridge. To me i fell like that creats more string tension. I play GHS Boomers in varied gauges on a few basses so i cant tell you about any other brands.

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