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How stretchy is a string?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by nonohmic, May 12, 2006.

  1. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    How you doing TB massive?

    Making a whamola (yes ive already searched and havent found my answer) and was contemplating what kind of string to use.

    It will need to stretch about an inch, will a double bass string handle this? (ive posted this in the BG section too) Or will I need steel cable, if so what do you recommend?

    And since i have no experience with acoustics (much to my dismay!!), how much is say a cheap E string?

    I just cant afford to go snapping heaps of strings to suss it out.

    Cheers. :D :D :D :D
  2. You can get a cheap E string for around $25 at a local small time music store.
  3. Cambass123

    Cambass123 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2005
  4. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Why does it need to stretch an inch? The stiffer the material, the less it has to stretch to get to the equivalent tension or pitch. Just adjust your pivots and lever length to suit the string you choose.
  5. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Hadnt thought of that. An inch was just from my design.

    But isnt that relative? The stiffer a string the less it has to travel to snap?

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