# strange tension question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by K Dubbs, Jan 6, 2003.

1. ### K DubbsJust graduated from OSU, Go Bucks!

Mar 16, 2002
Toledo, Ohio
Say you've got a string on an arbitrary scale length, say 34 inches. What happens to the string tension if you raise the pitch an octave higher? Is the tension double? I do'nt mean raising the pitch by fretting the 12 fret, but by retuning the string an octave higher.

2. ### redneck2wild

Nov 27, 2002
Memphis, TN
Most strings break if you try to tune them an octave higher. It is possible that you could damage your neck if the tension is too great.
There are string sets available for Piccolo Bass tuning (an octave higher).
Here is an example:
Normal bass string set = .105, .80, .65, .45 (EADG) where E is 41Hz
Piccolo bass string set = .45, .35, .25, .18 (EADG) where E is 82Hz

On one Bass I try to go the other direction with thicker strings to produce lower pitches:
Deep Low Bass = .145, .110, .85, .65 (ADGC) where A is 27Hz

3. ### K DubbsJust graduated from OSU, Go Bucks!

Mar 16, 2002
Toledo, Ohio
i wasn't planning on going an octave up. its a hypothetical situation. I was wondering about the physics pertaining to it. same scale, same string guage, put it one octave up, is it twice the tension?

Nov 27, 2002
Memphis, TN
5. ### K DubbsJust graduated from OSU, Go Bucks!

Mar 16, 2002
Toledo, Ohio
thanks redneck2wild

6. ### JeffL

Nov 12, 2002
I am sorry tht I missed this question the other day. Actually the octave increase will not double the tension. Instead it is 4 times the standard tension. Hope that this helps!

Jeff L