High tension flatwounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by vin97, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. vin97

    vin97 Inactive

    Mar 7, 2016
    Which flatwound strings have the highest tension relative to their gauge?
  2. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Too much is said about the numbers on flats. But that said, Chromes are pretty stiff. Rotosound are even stiffer. But I believe the consensus is that the heaviest flats, as a set, are the La Bella Jamersons.

    Don't confuse tension with feel. And unless you want terminal thump, don't get too large a gauge because the strings will actually lose overtones and sustain. That is why the Jamerson set is at the limit, about 110, for what is still a playable E string.
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  3. Abner


    Jan 2, 2011
    There's also the Ernie Ball Group I flats — .110, .090, .075, .055. I have a set of these and a set of the LaBella Original '54s (Jamersons) on similar basses, and they feel similar in tension. But also take note that I down tune and play in D-standard.

    Rotosound flats certainly feel higher tension for their size. I have been meaning to try out a set of the Steve Harris signature set (.110, .095, .075, .050), but have not done so yet.
  4. vin97

    vin97 Inactive

    Mar 7, 2016
    Are there any more "exotic" strings making use of special alloys or the like to achieve substantially higher tension than all those "regular" flats?

    110-115 would be my limit gauge-wise.