# string length and string tension

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by shwashwa, Jul 12, 2004.

1. ### shwashwa

Aug 30, 2003
NJ
would the same set of strings have a softer feel or lower tension on a shorter string length than a long one?

2. ### Pete OLeary

Jan 5, 2002
Chicago, IL USA
Yes.

3. ### Kevinlee

May 15, 2001
Phx, AZ..USA
This has always been one of those things I'm never sure of...
tailpiece closer to the bridge = less tension/softer feel ?

Is this correct?

I'm not talking about dividing the length by 7 and tuning the after length to an agumented 5th or whatever it is...

Just about the tension feel thing.

kevinlee

4. ### Francois Blais

Dec 11, 1999
AFAIK, the distance between the tailpiece and bridge won't affect the tension or feel.
The original question was about the fact that a shorter vibrating lenght will diminish the tension for a given string.
This is easy to prove:
If you stop the string at half position and want to produce the same pitch as the open string, you need to detune the string flat an half step. You just lowered the string tension by doing so.