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LaBella FS vs. LaBella FL (String Tension & Balance)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by EliasMessiah, Aug 28, 2020.

  1. Tension as in stiffness...

    Lowering saddles = lowering action, which means the string doesn't need to be pressed down as far to be fretted. This can result in a feel of less stiffness for the left hand. Shouldn't change anything for the plucking fingers, though.
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  2. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Ah, of course!
  3. EliasMessiah


    Aug 28, 2020
    Exactly! I brought the sattle down and the string all of a sudden becomes less tense. And i mean less tense for the plucking hand. I don't know how or why this works but it solved the problem for me. I put the saddle of the E-string all the way down, upped the saddle of the A-string quite a bit and lowered D and G just a little and now they're balanced. I feel like i discovered something, that not many people are aware of. Maybe this just works with my particular bridge...
  4. EliasMessiah


    Aug 28, 2020
    Update: The next day i tried to play my bass again i noticed that the strings didn't changed their tension. "Was it all in my head?", i wondered... I could swear that changing the height of the saddles would change string tension. Don't know how this placebo created, it really baffles me. So before bringing any false hopes up, i want to redo my old comment by saying string tension balance IS important!

    Don't know what i should do next but i guess people really like the LaBella Low Tension strings.
    I really like to play in C Tuning, so the string tension might be a bit too low with those.
    Also did anyone try LaBella Gold Flat's? How well are they balanced?
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