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GHS Tension Chart is Available

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jon Moody, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    I would've posted this sooner, but we are in the process of revamping our website (so the issue of where to put this came up), knee-deep into NAMM prep as well as learning how to write up specs for strings, it took a back seat for a bit.

    But hey, it's a good Christmas present to the TB family, so here you go.

    I spent a good three months getting all of the preliminary information together, checked it, redid all of it, checked it again, etc..

    So, enjoy.

    Attached Files:

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  2. HUZZAH!

    And Thank You GHS :cool:
  3. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Great work!! Good to see another string maker providing this useful data.
  4. Absolutely incredible. Some very detailed work inside. Now I know the tension of my Pressurewounds, my Precision Flats and my Brite Flats.

    Just in time for Christmas!

    Thank you.
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Good read!
  6. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    Appreciate the work
  7. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC

    It appears the GHS tensions and the D'Addario tensions are very similar. Makes sense.

    I have made balanced tension GHS Boomer and Precision Flats sets using the D'Addario tension guide, and have been pleased with the results.

    Always nice to have extra data.
  8. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Thank you.
    Also a question
    Why dont you make 50 g strings?
  9. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    Very cool and very informative!
  10. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    Nice to see GHS helping out consumers with this info

    If only a few other string companies would do the same
  11. Geni758


    Nov 15, 2013
    South Jersey
    Very cool. Especially like the info about alternate tunings. Thanks for the info!
  12. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    While we don't have .050 gauges in ALL our sets, we do offer them for our Super Steels, Boomers and Brite Flats.

    Thanks, glad you found that part useful.
  13. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    +1 on both these
  14. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent work and thank you so much!
    Very nearly the best tension chart, i would prefer tensions for sharps/flats but understand these were left out for clarity and because of the design of the chart, i am very pleased to see you provide unit weight values for those of us who want to calculate the missing values.
    Heh :) actually i get the opposite impression, i have been surprised by the amount of variation this shows between differing brands of the same gauge/string type.
    However the variation is still not huge, using tension charts for other brands is still very useful for getting *close* to what you want, but i must stress it is essential to perfect a set by trial and error and by feel, with no pre-conceived ideas as to what is optimal, this is how i discovered and converted to inverse tension, when i thought that balanced was optimum.
  15. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Well, after talking with you about that, it was only right to have the unit weights there so you COULD find out what those sharp/flat notes are for those tunings.

    Depending on demand, I could make up an expanded version that was just the table, that had those as well. Not sure how easily it would print per se, but if you're looking at it on a computer screen, it doesn't matter.

    I learned an exhaustive amount of string making knowledge while making this table, and the key is that little changes have big effects.

    In regard to tension charts between companies, you're seeing something as simple as going from a .023 to .024 for the core wire (those are used as examples, since that type of knowledge is proprietary) yield a 4lb difference in tension between two different brands of .060 gauge.

    And a gigantic +1 to perfecting your ideal string set by feel. That's more important than anything else; make a set that you like. Or, grab a pre-packaged set. Just play.
  16. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Killer work GHS!
  17. markanini


    Jun 25, 2008
  18. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    Of course if you give us the tension for any scale length and tuning we could have back calculated the unit weight but it is nice not to have to do that work!

    I tune in fifths so I depend on data like this and individual string sales to get me useable sets of strings. I've been using GHS strings exclusively and depending on data from other brands to get me in the ball park so I am delighted to have official data from GHS! Data is the best Christmas present you can give an engineer....
  19. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    The most surprising thing to me is the pressure wound section the stock sets are pretty balanced tension wise. More so than other brands.

    I've never tried them, but this makes me want to.
  20. LowB-ing


    Aug 3, 2005
    Great work Jon. Congrats on finishing this not-exactly-small task!

    The tension of the Bassics .130 was an eye opener. That thing must have a core the size of a G-string :eek: