More specifically the tension increases, bottom to top. The E string has the least tension at pitch, while the G string has the most, and it increases with each string in a way that feels almost linear. I am using the classic 1954 gauge, very heavy, but tuned down to DGCF. But I am experimenting with retuning the bottom string up to E and E flat, and retuning the other strings as well, in order to feel the tension and listen to the tone. With this gauge, for my fingers, on this P/J bass, the .110 bottom string is at perfect tension when tuned to E. On the other hand, I am concerned about what feels like extremely high tension on the .052 top string when tuned up to G. Even tuned down to F it feels too taught. With this whole stop drop tuning the two middle strings feel just about right, but the top and bottom strings feel wrong for the opposite reason. Seems that for me, the ideal tension would be a hybrid set with the top three strings from the Standard 45/65/85 or Light 43/60/82, and the bottom string at 110 from this 1954 set, all tuned to standard EADG. Does La Bella sell singles? I wish they made a .115 or .118 or something like that for tuning to D. Anyone else have this experience? Seems to me, the way the other gauges are setup, that this would be the general rule with these strings, tight on top, loose on the bottom.