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Low Tension Rounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by CBgaragebassist, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. My strings are putting alot of tension on my neck, what can i do to get it a lower tension? Lighter gauges? Also, preferably have a nice low end thump. I'm currently using Ernie Balls. i believe the Gauges are .050, .070, 085, .105
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thomastic Infeld Jazz Rounds.

    Super low tension, light guage, very smooth feel, very nice low end.:)
  3. Thank you, i'll look into those. :)
  4. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    No problem dude, they're lovely strings, but expensive.
  5. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Any of the round core DR strings - Sunbeams, Highbeams, Fatbeams, Xtra life coated.
  6. Try 100 guage strings
    you get higher slap response but to me you lose a tad of low end
    the trade off is lowered tension and bendability
  7. The DR coloured coated strings, are they rounds?
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    They are coated Hi Beams. Very much rounds.:)
  9. Thought so but wasn't sure, thanks. Also, the only difference between the different colours is the colour, right?
  10. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Very much so. Other than the colour itself, same string.
  11. Thank you. Now to decide which colour!:D
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    The hardest part!:hyper:
  13. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    They dont actually sound anything like Highbeams though. Much more mellow, to some (like me) dead sounding.
  14. That's what i need. A mellow sounding round is what i'm going for.
  15. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Sunbeams, man, Sunbeams! Round, mellow, floppy.
  16. ZB3


    Feb 20, 2009
    Klamath Falls, OR
    Rotos or Cleartones or (?) in 40-60-80-100. They are good on the neck and your hands. You can eq your amp for low end. I never had anybody complain about low end using that guage. I play a P-Bass and a Peavey Cirrus. Have fun, Wayne
  17. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    Cool, they may work then, they produce a different sound to any string I have tried, somewhere in between flats and rounds, and not like Nickel (or obviously steel) to my ears.

    You mentioned trying a lighter gauge though, and the DRs lightest gauge is 45-105, which isnt all that different than your others. So I wouldnt expect much change on the neck.
  18. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    i always thought the ernie balls to have low tension and yet you say it's too much for you? just curious.
  19. I'm sure it's something about the bass. I've got the same kind of Ernie Balls on my secondary bass and they're fine.
  20. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I seem to remember Ashdown's own strings (the ones that came in the recyclable round tin) feeling rather akin to rubber bands when I tried them years ago. I don't know if they still make them.

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