I'm driving myself nuts with string tension calculators. And I haven't been able to find exactly what I'm looking for using the search function, so hopefully you guys can help me out. I'm looking to string a Fender Mustang (30" scale) as a piccolo bass. The problem? I'm set on using all wound strings. So, this rules out all prepackaged piccolo string sets, which all include a plain steel G string. Solution? Buy a single 0.020w to go with a prepackaged set. HOWEVER, I've read some comments on this forum that suggest that a string with such a thin core might not be able to withstand the tension needed for a G (~27 lbs). Can anyone confirm this to be true? Workaround? Buy the 0.020w and tune it down to an F (for DGCF tuning). A 0.020w tuned to F produces a much more manageable ~21 lbs of tension. HOWEVER, I'm afraid with such low tension, it will throw off the tension distribution of the bass. For example, if I use this 0.020 F as part of a progressive tension scheme (with a 0.065 D (~37 lbs), a 0.045 G (~32 lbs), and a 0.032 C (~30 lbs), am I risking damage to my bass? The last thing I want is a warped neck. Another workaround? Buy a single 0.025w and string it as an F. A 0.025w tuned to F produces ~33 lbs of tension. This tension makes it much easier to build a string set with either traditional or balanced tension. HOWEVER, can a 0.025w withstand 33 lbs of tension? So, based on your expertise and experience, what's the best course of action? 0.020w as a G string? 0.020w as an F string? 0.025w as an F string? I realize I could just buy a bunch of single strings and figure it out on my own. However, I'd rather not buy strings just to have them break on me right away--especially if someone here has already been through this. Anyway, thanks for reading my memoirs. And thanks in advance for any help. It's very much appreciated.