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String Tension Question for Fretless?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Tapp, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    Hi all, I play a Pedulla Pentabuzz and have had tapewound strings on it since I've owned it (LaBella brand). I'm thinking of changing though because the tapewounds are too "loose/floppy" feeling and I sometimes have intonation problems because of this.

    I'm thinking of trying the DR Sunbeams or Pedulla nickels? Does anyone have experience with these and how's the tension feel to ya?

  2. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    Love DR Sunbeams:D
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    (very) generally speakin', round core strings are lower tension than
    hexagonal core. DR Sunbeams are round core. If you prefer Nickel,
    there's DR (Ni) Low Riders. They have a hex core. As do Thomastik-
    Infeld "Powerbass" (Ni-plated S/S R/W). Gonna' try a set this weekend :D.
  4. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    notduane, what would D'Addario XL nickels be classified as; round core? I use these on my fretted basses and like the tension.

    From what I've read Sunbeams sound nice.

    Thanks for the info!

  5. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    if you want something stiffer, the loriders would be a great way to go.
  6. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    hmm...good question? :confused:

    I'm not completely sure WHAT the D'Addario core is (round or hex).
    I'm guessin' hexagonal :). BUT...

    Here's the various tensions of the D'Addario XL series -- click.
    And here are the tensions of a 5-string T/I Powerbass set for
    comparison -- click.

    I didn't get around to tryin' out the Powerbass this weekend :rolleyes:.
    I DID re-wire a couple Yamahas with excellent results :D.

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