Sure, but similar in that tension causes more functional "stiffness". I use hofner TI flats, with .96 E (or D# in my case, not Eb which is for amateurs). I think perhaps the least tense strings out there? And they are badsically the same gauge as long scale, and tuned down a half step, so it's probably as little tension as possible. I would like to know what the tension of the TI's are, but I don't think anyone but Thomastik knows for sure.