Lowest Tension Strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Modern Growl, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Does anyone know of the lowest tension strings? 34' scale and nickel or stainless suggestions are desired.

  2. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    My faves were always R. Cocco strings.
  3. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Rounds have to be a contender for lowest tension...
  4. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    +1 on the TI Jazz Rounds. Also, I've played Zon UltraSonic Nickel Lights (.035 / .055 / .075 / .095) and they were just about as light. You might also be able to build a custom set like the top 4 of thier light 6 string set (.025 / .035 / .055 / .085 ). But for an off the shelf set I have never played anything lighter than TI Jazz Rounds. They sound good too.
  5. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I concur, the Tomasticks are very low tension and really
    easy on vintage bass necks. They are pretty pricey however.
    They also have a winding of silk between the inner and outer
    cores. I like it, others feel that it dampens the sound.

  6. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    Lighter guage=Lower tension.

  7. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Not necessarily. The tension of a string is a function of mass/length and differences in alloys, core diameter, winding diameter, and winding shape can make for a smaller string with more mass/length, or vice versa. TI happens to publish tension specs for their strings. Most other manufacturers don't.
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Rubber bands would be pretty low tension....:)
  9. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    >>> Agreed. However in general, lighter guages have lower tension. Here's D'Addario's tension specs:

  10. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    Here's a little excercise to illustrate that point, comparing
    TI vs. D'addario long scale nickel roundwounds with guages
    as close as possible:

    E .89 27.99 .90 30.5
    A .68 29.54 .70 33.7
    D .51 30.20 .52 33.1
    G .43 34.61 .42 37.1

    2.51 122.34 2.54 134.4

    The mass/tension index for the TI's comes out to 48.74,
    compared to 52.91 for the D'Addario's. TI's are the low tension winner in this scenario with 8% less tension across the board, owing to their component construction. However I think you'd be hard pressed to find any comparison where a 40-100 set in any brand would have equal or more tension than any 45-105 set.

    Too much fun.