What are the highest tension nickel roundwound light gauge strings? (40-95)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Sean775, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    I've never used light gauge strings before, but I want to try them out. However, Id prefer a set that is considered to have higher tension than the average light gauge string
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    GHS Boomers
  3. By "higher tension", do you mean "stiffer than average"?

    You might want to try the GHS Boomers for that.

    Here are the actual tension numbers. Nicely balanced right from the factory.

    G 040 - 33.6 lbs.
    D 055 - 35.2
    A 075 - 35.9
    E 095 - 36.1

    p.s. @mmbongo just beat me to it.
  4. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    ^^This^^ Don't confuse "High tension" with "Stiff". They aren't the same thing - although high tension usually does feel stiff. The Boomers above will get you 140.8 lbs of tension; on the high side of "Average". But they'll feel pretty darn stiff, because of their construction. Honestly, about all real "High Tension" strings will get you is sleepless nights, wondering if your bass is in the next room, folding itself in half... I use Boomers on one of my Aluminum-necked Kramers. Great sound, and perfect for a pick...:thumbsup:
  5. ixlramp

    ixlramp Guest

    Jan 25, 2005
    Yes you must mean stiffness. 'light gauge' unavoidably results in low tension. Stiffness / flexibility is something different.
  6. shoulderpet


    Sep 24, 2015
    Not trying to be rude or a smart*** but doesn't that defeat the point of light gauge?
    Say for example you have a set of 95-40 strings of one brand that are higher than average tension and have the same tension as other sets at 100-45 them the 95-40 set will feel and sound much like the 100-45 set as the mass is the same.
  7. I think the point of the OP's question has to do with the "tension-to-stiffness" ratio.

    The strings that are lighter in tension (ie pulling weight) but greater in stiffness (ie playing feel) can be easier on the neck of the bass without going all floppy.
  8. shoulderpet


    Sep 24, 2015
    Ok, now I understand
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