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Ideal string tension

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by NineSpine, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. NineSpine


    Jun 19, 2007
    What is your ideal string tension in pounds?
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Whatever puts the string in tune, and no other.
  3. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Anything that's closer to balanced than most over-the-counter sets works for me. I'm currently doing .038 (guitar string)-.050-.065-.090-.125 tapered (Hipshot B/A) - this averages around 30 pounds per string. But I've done a set even lighter than that and a couple sets leading up to .045-.060-.080-.105-.145 tapered - in that case things average more like 42 pounds per string.

    I like the feel and tonal matches better when the sets are balanced, and when all the mid and upper strings are lighter/matched-tension then the low B/A string doesn't seem flabby anymore regardless of whether the set is lighter or heavier.
  4. Roland777


    Jun 1, 2006
    Are you asking for a subjective opinion, or wanting an objective one? There's no objective opinion - but personally I like my strings to hover around 30lbs of tension, plus minus a few pounds.
  5. NineSpine


    Jun 19, 2007
    Im trying to pick a set for my new 5 string 35 scale Spector, and I wanted some ideas for around what tension to shoot for, for the first set I try.
  6. Bass Below

    Bass Below

    Oct 24, 2006
    New York
    For my playing style I like it to be close to 40, and as Greenboy said, very uniform.

    Anything less than mid 30's and not only does it sound crappy at my tuning, but my end strings are being pushed off the edges of the board.
  7. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    Loosy goosy baby, loosy goosy.
  8. MaglorOnBass


    Jan 23, 2018
    I just ordered a set of individual strings from bass strings online for my Lakland DJ5 (35” scale).

    What do you all think?


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