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The best strings to give my bass tight tension?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by RBX4, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. RBX4


    Dec 21, 2010
    Miami, Florida
  2. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    The heavier the gauge, the more tension required to bring the strings to pitch. There's no "best." Other criteria to narrow down the search by?
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Heavy gauge strings in genearl.

    Depending on the sting construction it may or may not also make the string tighter...

    Black Nylon Tapewounds may be high in string gauge, but they are generally pretty light tension...

    Some flatwounds even at lighter gauges are tighter in tension than rounds at the same gauge.

    But besides those, larger gauge generally = tighter tension.
  4. countbassiedad


    Apr 29, 2010
    No affiliations
    Try flatwounds - maybe Ernie Ball Group II's. Daddario's Chromes, Roto77 and Ernie Ball are all quite bright (and similar) - you might dig the tone and feel too.
  5. baltsen


    Nov 11, 2011
    Freiberg, Germany
    I guess you know already that it depends mainly on the gauge you use.:)... I for myself prefer 45-105 strings. And the tightest I remember are the Elixir Nanoweb.
  6. imanbrewer

    imanbrewer Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    stl area
    tight tension= lowrider ss or lowrider nickel
  7. +1
  8. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    ROTO RS 77LD flat wound

  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I think D'Addario Chromes are the highest tension strings I've ever used.

    DR LoRiders are not really high tension...they are just high tension compared to DR Sunbeams. Compared with other hex core strings, they are not higher..probably lower actually.

    Circle K's are not high tension strings at all.

    All comparisons done with identical gauges in mind.
  10. masonsjax

    masonsjax Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    Look for hex core construction. They will feel more rigid. SIT Rock Brights are my personal favorites.
  11. not ghs bass boomers. Those murder string tension.
  12. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Ya rite. Lo Riders are super high tension strings.

    Dean Markley Blue Steels are high tension.
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    What are you comparing them to?

    I use them on my Lakland, even on 35" scale they're no higher tension than the D'Addario's that came on it.
  14. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    If you don't mind Flats, Chromes do have pretty good tension.....
  15. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    GHS makes Lakland's strings, and they are definitely lower tension than DR Lo Riders.

    But tension and stiffness are 2 different things. Lo Riders are the stiffest strings I've played, while tension... well tension-wise I have no idea which string has the most pulling power on the neck.
  16. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Skyline's don't come with Lakland strings. They have D'Addario XL.
  18. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    The elixirs that came on an ibanez I previously owned were pretty dang high tension. Also own a set of roto flats that were also very high tension. So yeah, elixirs and flats haha.
  19. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    Chromes aren't too high tension, they are stiff however.

    45-100 Chrome Total Tension: 179.800

    45-100 XL Nickel Total Tension: 172.600

    Very small difference between their standard Nickel sets and their flat wound sets.

    They are probably very stiff.

    The same is true with DR Lo-Riders. In fact, moving from same gauge Lo-Riders to Fat Beams / Sunbeams might actually increase the total tension on the neck, however you may need more relief to accommodate for the more flexible strings.

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