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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Ingemar, Mar 13, 2008.
Does anyone know the tension of Elixir strings?
Soft, medium or tight ?
Like any other hex-core, nickle-plated string (ie. D'Addario XL's).
(think Daddario XLs are pretty medium)
I'm pretty sure they're less than the XLs, I just put some on my ATK after having Elixirs on, and they definitely feel tighter. I prefer the Elixirs, but twice the price...
elixirs are definitely a more flexible string than the XLs to my touch.
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After trying EB Slinky's, DR Low Riders, Boomers.. Elixir's medium gauge + ATK 300 is the perfect marriage... My ATK sung like I never heard!! All I can say is.... WOW!! I'm sold.. Less Friction due to the Nanoweb coating resulted in more fluid fingering, ease of playing.. I know there are many that have ditched the elixirs that came with their ATK.. IMHO, that's was a mistake... And the sound??? Totally in your face!!!! )))
You can derive tensions from the D'Addario tension chart - gauges are gauges and as long as materials (steel. nickel, etc) are similar so, too, will be tensions.
Feel is another matter. That is a matter of rigidity and is defined by manufacturing process. No good parallels can be drawn from one to the next here except by hands on experience with them.
It seems to me that flats would be higher tension than rounds of the same gauge and material because they are "solid" and fill up the space from edge to edge completely, where round wound strings have space between the wraps above and below where the wraps touch. If that's so, they would have more mass per unit length for a given gauge and therefore would have to be pulled to a higher tension to reach the same pitch.
Anyone have Elixirs on one of their basses, and DR brand on another? Which DR, and how is the tension compared to the Elixir tension?
I have Elixirs on both my Fender P and my Spector Performer. They feel lighter (lower tension) on the Spector.
Both basses are 34'' scale.
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