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Tension Question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by civilengr, Nov 21, 2012.


  1. civilengr

    civilengr

    Nov 18, 2011
    I am pretty new to bass. I recently sold my MIM P Bass and got a used 2001 American Standard Jazz which I love so far. I took the bass to a tech to get it set up and gave him medium chromes which is what I had on the P. I had regular slinkys on the jazz. I had him lower the action some. The E A and D are tighter but feel good. The G feels way tighter and was actually tuned to an F# when I got it back. Do I need to worry about this extra tension eventually warping the neck or causing other problems?
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Is the G string really a G string and not a D in the G position?
     
  3. PlungerModerno

    PlungerModerno

    Apr 12, 2012
    Ireland
    Hmmm - the medium chromes are these:
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    If the Thinner two strings are swapped or of the same thickness you'll know you have an error.

    Here are some more close up examples (I think):
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    In my personal experience playing the medium chromes set (only long scale and only on one bass) the D string is the most stiff, followed closely by the G, then the A and the most give is in the E string. The MIA Jazz neck should be easily able to handle the chromes tension - if not you've got problems. I was surprised at the tension some flats put on the bass . . . and my hands!

    I think the next time I get chromes It'll be the lighter set or the custom light set (40 - 100). I may do so when these TI's run out (don't hold yer breath:D).
     
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    It doesn't hurt to dummy check you never know!

    Correct, the tension on the D string is the highest in the set...

    The same set of strings will feel different on different instruments, its weird like that... neck angle / the truss / action will all effect the string feel.
     
  5. PlungerModerno

    PlungerModerno

    Apr 12, 2012
    Ireland
    Absolutely - I know the chromes set feels unlike any other string I've played - in a few ways, and I felt the strings were being overtightened when I was first stringing up - They were my first flats so that was a big part of the story.