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I need some high tension rounds for my P tuned to drop C#

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Holy War, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Holy War

    Holy War

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    title explains it all. right now its flop city, and with my bands fast tempos I need something to take away some of the slag. nickels preferably
  2. palmaruslongus


    Nov 11, 2007
    I like the fender 7150/7250s for a warm sound. SIT makes some good nickel rounds too, power wounds or rock brights. Cant go wrong with Nickel Lo-riders either. These have all worked for me with drop C# tuning, usually 105 E string. Cheers.
  3. DR Lo-Rider nickles are what you need. :bassist:
  4. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I have a set of SS Lo-Riders on a G&L, and they're the lowest tension strings I've ever had. (They sound fantastic.) Don't know about the nickels though, but I think DR's are generally known for low tension. For this reason, my local tech doesn't carry DR and won't use them without a specific customer request.

    The highest tension strings I've ever tried are D'Addario Half-Rounds. I wasn't crazy about the tone or feel, but they would hold up really well for drop C# tuning. Heavy gauge GHS Boomers would probably be good too.

  5. I wonder if you're talking about DR Hi-Beams instead of Lo-Riders. The Hi-Beams have a round core and less tension, whereas the Lo-Riders have a hex core and higher tension.
  6. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    And don't forget to get the thickest gauge available. The thicker the gauge, the higher string tension.
  7. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    IME, SS Lo-Riders are one of the highest tension strings I've ever used. I use a set on my Spector 5er, which is tuned to A# and another set on my MIM Fender P/J which is generally tuned to drop-C# (drop-D -1/2 step). They hold up very nicely to downtuning. Almost feels like they aren't even down-tuned at all, although I could probably stand to step a gauge on the Fender (been using .045-.105, could stand to go .050-.110). But, they are still plenty usable in their current gauge and I play pretty hard which is why I hate strings with lower tension.

    I think you must be thinking of Hi-Beams or some variant of the Hi-Beams (Fat Beams, etc), which have both very low tension and a great tone.
  8. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Nope, they're definitely SS Lo-Riders. When I swapped out the previous strings on my L-1500, the Lo-Riders had much less tension, and I had to adjust. But now, digging into the foggy recesses of my 40+ year old memory, I remember why that was the case: I swapped out D'Addario Half-Rounds, which I had on there for only about a week. The drastic difference in tension between those two left the impression that the Lo-Riders are low tension. I had forgotten about that, and thought I had switched from GHS Boomers, because those were on the L-1500 for a long time.

    To evaluate this, I just played the three four stringers I have lying around (all 34" scale), and, lo and behold, the Lo-Riders DO have the most tension. The others have GHS Booomers (SB-2) and Fender Super Bass (MIA Jazz). The Fenders have the least tension. The 1500 has very low action and effortless playability, so the Lo-Riders don't feel very stiff on there at all, but they definitely are compared to the others.

    So you guys were right about the Lo-Riders. But, tension wise, they don't even come close to the D'Addario Half Rounds.