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Minimum string tension?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ChristoMephisto, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. ChristoMephisto


    Sep 4, 2011
    Anyone know what the minimum string tension is?
    I have an extremely short scale bass of 24.5" and am finding if i use heavier gauge strings i can get the same tension as the extra light bass strings.
    If i went with a set of round nickel strings 50-105 the E's tension is about 20.8, or with Chromes at the same gauge the E is at 21.5lbs, don't think anything larger than a 110 will fit in the saddle. Using a 110 of either is about 24lbs tension
    The rest of the strings are about 25lbs and up, which feels good.
    May have to order a custom set once i get an idea of what string tension i'm looking for.
  2. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    There is no minimum tension. Generally 30 lbs is as light as you'll find them without going custom, but with a string that is constructed to be stiff and inflexible, you can reasonably get by with less tension.

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