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Rotosound string tensions by set

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by justaguyfromkc, Dec 21, 2017.


  1. RS88LD – 177.15lbs
    RS66LD – 181.97lbs
    RS77LD – 214.41lbs
     
  2. Just curious... How did you come up with those figures?
     
  3. kkaarrll

    kkaarrll

    Jun 1, 2014
    this is relevant to my interests
     
  4. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    The RS66 number seems right to me; within a couple pounds overall of the medium GHS Progressives set.
     
  5. Here are a few of the other "medium" sets by GHS:

    Pressurewound M7200 (44-62-84-106) = 187.1 lbs.
    Bass Boomer M3045 (45-65-85-105) = 186.5 lbs.
    Precision Flats M3050 (45-65-85-105) = 184.6 lbs.
    Balanced Nickel 4M-NB (44-60-80-106) = 184.2 lbs.
     
  6. shoulderpet

    shoulderpet

    Sep 24, 2015
    Yes would love to know this also
     
  7. What are the specific gauges on these sets?
     
  8. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    RS88LD: 65-75-100-115 (tapewound)
    RS66LD: 45-65-80-105 (steel roundwound)
    RS77LD: 45-65-85-105 (flatwound)
     
  9. kkaarrll

    kkaarrll

    Jun 1, 2014

    do you think the nut would have to be opened up on a regular jazz bass to allow for that .115?
     
  10. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    Possibly. I tried them on a stock USA Fender Jazz Bass and the factory nut slot was large enough to accommodate it. Later (unrelated to these strings, as far as I know) the nut broke, and I had a new one installed, cut for something more like .105. Not sure if the .115 string would fit in the new one.
     
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  11. 184.6 lbs. vs. 214.41 lbs. - that's a big difference, considering they're both flats of the same gauges. Curious what kind of tension the Steve Harris set would have.

    Meanwhile, the OP still hasn't answered my question as to where these tension figures came from.
     
  12. shoulderpet

    shoulderpet

    Sep 24, 2015
    Yeah 214.41 lbs is a lot, i use TIs on a short scale bass at around 120lbs total tension, i can't imagine what 214lbs would feel like

    Would be interested in hearing what the tension on the Steve Harris set is like that's like 110,95,75,50 if i remember rightly.

    Shocked to see the Trubass set is around 177lbs as Rotosound have always described that set as ultra low tension
     
  13. That's the difference between "tension" (= pulling weight) and "stiffness/flexibility"; "low tension" as in "flexible".
     
  14. shoulderpet

    shoulderpet

    Sep 24, 2015
    I always thought the Trubass set felt pretty stiff personally
     
  15. As they always say, it's all subjective when it comes to how a set of strings FEEL under your fingers.
     
  16. kkaarrll

    kkaarrll

    Jun 1, 2014
    the 77 set does feel kinda stiff--but still very playable--one of my favorite sets lately

    why I am interested in 88's

    I have 66's on one jazz and love them also

    it sounds like I am a rotosound guy
     
  17. That's a lot of pull on thin necks! Decades ago I tried a RS flatwound set on one of my older Rickenbackers. I install strings by replacing them one by one and I could see that, after changing out two of the strings, there was a concave bend developing in the fingerboard. I stopped there, put the old ones back on and never bothered with RS flatwounds again. I just didn't want to risk it. Instead, I found a local music store that didn't mind ordering flatwound strings (the now famous red boxes) direct from Rickenbacker.
     
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  18. kkaarrll

    kkaarrll

    Jun 1, 2014
    yeah, the monel flatwounds from rotosound took quite a few truss rod turns on my flat jazz
     
  19. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    That or KFC
     
  20. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    What is your neck radius, and neck relief?
     

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