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Comprehensive tension chart?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mustang Surly, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    What is the most comprehensive bass string tension comparison any of you here have seen? I'm aware of the charts that D'Adarrio provides, but I'd like to be able to compare tension brand-to-brand for similar gauges/scale lengths, and many manufacturers don't seem to provide such information.

    Has somebody compiled this information someplace, or am I pretty much on a fool's errand?
  2. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    GHS and Kalium/Circle K are the only other ones that I know of that have charts publicly available. You can attempt to compare them that way, with both charts next to each other. For any other company though, you will either have to see if they have the info and will provide it, or try to cut and measure the strings yourself.
  3. bumperbass


    Jun 19, 2012
  4. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Elixir has a tension guide for their bass strings.

    Labella posts numbers for some, but not all of their sets.
  5. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    "tension is different from stiffness"

    It's the tension I'm looking to compare: I want to know which ones put the neck under the most tension (as in tending to bow the neck into greater relief).

    Probably an exercise in futility in as much as too many companies don't seem to provide this info to the consumer.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Exactly. As the Rolling Stones sang, "you can't always get what you want."