As I learn more about bass strings, I'm reading that flat and half wound strings do a lot to reduce, or remove, the string noise when sliding your fingers across the strings. This is something my wife has complained about a lot, and I've done my best to EQ it out of her sound. But of course, that only goes so far before it starts to negatively impact the tone. Her latest bass is the Ibanez AGBV205 (30.3" short scale, but uses long scale strings). The low B on this bass is a .145, which isn't widely available, and I can't seem to locate any manufacturer who makes a flat or half wound .145 string. I contacted Newtone Strings, and asked about creating a custom set, but they replied stating they don't make flat wound strings. So my question is, does going to a flat of half wound string change the tension in any way? Where I could get away with a .130 string, tuned to low B, and still have proper tension on the 30.3" scale length? If not, any recommendations for having a custom set created without breaking the bank?