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Does higher tension mean more neck strain?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by the low one, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    I currently use Elites or Rotosound 40 60 80 100's on my P and Jazz basses but if I switch to TI flats which are lower tension will it require an adjustment to the truss rod? The TI's have a similar gauge, they all have .100 on the E so is it the tension or string size that matters?
  2. After switching to TI's, you will almost certainly need to adjust the truss rod.
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Different string brands can have different tension even when the gauge is the same.

    Yes, higher string tension means that the neck is under more strain. If you go to TI flats, your neck will be under less strain due to the lower tension. It is possible that your truss rod will have to be adjusted. Note: do not attempt this yourself if you don't have any experience. At the very least, do some research to find out the proper way to adjust a truss rod: adjusting a truss rod the right way is easy, but adjusting it the wrong way is also easy. :p Doing it wrong could damage your neck.