# Flexible Flatwound Strings for Fifths Tuning (Legends vs Chromes)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Will_White, Dec 24, 2016.

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1. ### Will_White

Jul 1, 2011
Salem, OR
I am wanting a set of flatwound strings for tuning DAE on a 36" scale bass with 32-38 lbs of tension. Doing the calculations using D'addario's information for the Chromes it looks like a .105, .070 (or .065), .045 set would work, however I want them to be as flexible as possible, so I am looking at the DR Legends Flats. With their round-core, they should be plenty flexible and they come in the right gauges, but I don't know if they are comparable relative tension wise (EG is the difference between the Chromes D and A similar to the difference between the Legends D and A strings)

Also if anyone has a bass strung with legends flats could you tune it to Eb (A) Bb F (the first fret of a 36" scale bass is about 34" from the bridge) and tell me if it feels fairly balanced?

2. ### ixlramp

Jan 25, 2005
UK
Without tension information from DR, the best you can do is to assume a similar tension to other brands of the same gauge.
GHS also have a tension pdf, you could take the average of the 2 brands.
Also, you can use the physics-derived rough rule of gauges in ratio 3:2 for equal tension strings tuned a fifth apart, it works quite well.
45 * 1.5 = 67.5 choose 70
70 * 1.5 = 105
So .105 .070 .045 should have fairly equal tensions.