string tension

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by bluesdragon, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. bluesdragon


    Mar 23, 2010
    I have velvet blues on my bass. Very nice but I am not crazy about the G string. Do gut strings have less tension than steel or rope core strings?

    In need of a G string.. Possibly D string as well..
  2. basic74


    Dec 28, 2012
    gut strings have less tension, thought I don´t know the velvet blues.
    people seem to like pirastro oliv G.
  3. donn


    Mar 28, 2011
    I'm no expert, but I think it's fair to guess gut strings might vary somewhat - depending on who makes them, etc. The TAMU chart has numbers for a Pyramid string, reported to be 22Kg tension for the smaller strings - the lightest string on the chart - but I don't know how representative that is. Velvet Blues should be 25Kg, on the light side of the range for ordinary G strings, which seems to be 25Kg to 29 or 30Kg.

    Anyway, I would think Blues E and A would get along OK with gut G and D. I've thought about trying that myself.
  4. bluesdragon


    Mar 23, 2010
    i Ordered a Lenzner G from Gollihur. Ilet you know how it turns out.