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Differing tensions in each string

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Festus, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. Festus


    Dec 12, 2001
    London, England.
    Hello people,

    I play a 4 string Stingray. I use Elite nickel plated roundwounds, gauges 40/60/80/100 tuned EADG.

    I am curious as to what criteria string manufacturers use when they put together their string sets.
    Do they match the tensions in each string?
    Do they just put them together in a numeric way?
    45/65/85/205 or 50/70/90/110 etc.

    I am interested in stringing my bass with strings that all have the same tension when tuned EADG.

    Anybody out there got any info?

    Thank you,

  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I've heard explanations of this from both LaBella and D'Addario. I called LaBella and asked what they meant by "perfectly balanced" which is printed on their string sets. They said they balance the sound and output between the strings. They told me they don't even measure the tension.

    Somewhere on the D'Addario site, I forget where, I read that they tried making a set once with even tension on every string, and it sounded awful. They also give string tensions on their site, if you're interested.

    Maybe Thomguy will have a comment on this subject.

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