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Different tunings with same tension...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bigwan, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Bigwan


    Feb 22, 2002
    Ballymena (hey)
    Hi guys - first post in the strings forum!

    I currently use the same string guages on my 2 main basses, 40-100 guage strings (usually Elites Stainless Steels) on a Warwick Corvette and a Wal. However I use the Warwick for my metal band now and we tune down to D. If I want to keep the same, or similar tension on my Warwick at D as I have on my Wal tuned to standard concert pitch, should I be using 45-105 guage strings or do I need to go heavier again? 50-110 perhaps?

  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I doubt you'd need to go that heavy as .050. I'd say .045 tuned down would probably be closer to the .040 in standard tuning.
  3. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    There is a D'Addario sheet that indicates gauges tuned to specific pitch and the corresponding tensions; from the look of it the .110 is a good call.

    FWIW lighter gauges are more greatly affected by tension shifts - JimmyM is likely correct in suggesting a .045.
  4. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    GHS Bass Boomers have a set that is heavier and has a much heavier low E string. Like 115 instead of 105. I have that on my bass tuned CGCF and it is tight!.

    Remember new strings = possible intonation and maybe even a quick truss rod adj.

    The truss rod probably wont be an issue but check your intonation over and make sure your 12th fret harmonic = the open string
  5. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    The 12th fret harmonic always = the octave of the open string. You want the 12th fret harmonic to = the 12th fret fretted.
  6. morebass!

    morebass! I'm all ears Supporting Member

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    I've been using .055-.110 for DGCF tuning and I'd say they are a little tighter than what I was expecting but pretty good.