Tension, Guage, and EQ

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jd_watt, Jan 2, 2014.


  1. jd_watt

    jd_watt

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    Hi everyone,

    So, I've been looking for more tension out of my 45-105's because I tend to have an aggressive attack, both with fingers and pick. I'm using D'Addarios lights, love the way they sound, and would prefer NOT to move up to a medium gauge. I love the tone, and they feel good with my fretting hand.

    Do I have any other way of getting a higher string tension before I jump up a gauge? The second part of my question is, would some sort of an eq setting help with that "stiffness" in tone and feel that more tension might provide?

    Thanks for having a look!
  2. lz4005

    lz4005

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    No and no.
  3. jd_watt

    jd_watt

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    lol. Well...
  4. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head

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    You can seek out stiff strings rather than slinky/flexible ones - opinions on said characteristics are searchable. A stiffer string can suffer from inharmonics which makes strings act a bit like a marimba key - this is most prevalent in larger gauges.

    Getting larger flexible strings will give you actual physical tightness and let the string behave as it ought to. A tighter flexible string may have a brighter sound as it increases the string's capacity to display more upper transients.
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  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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  7. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini

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    You can try out some DR Lo Riders. Very stiff strings.
  8. FourBanger

    FourBanger

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    If your attack and fretting impacts your playing 45-105s it will still effect you playing 50-110s. It may diminish a little but at the cost of the other things you've said you like about your current set.

    Can you describe the exact issue you are having?

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