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What is Low or High tension mean????

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by odie, Mar 16, 2001.

  1. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    I've heard posts were people refer to strings having a low or high tension....Does this mean that the strings will have a different feel??? I have a Tobias bass, and a Stingray and I like the feel of the strings better on my right hand (plucking hand) when I play the Stingray versus the Tobias. They are both 34 inch scaled basses. The Stingray's feel more solid and I can play faster with less rebound.
    Will different strings help?
    If so give examples of low or high tension strings.
  2. A major factor in how tight the strings are is the size/guage.

    Thinner strings are usually floppyer,
    Fatter strings are usually tighter.

    If two strings of different sizes are set to the same tension, the fatter one will sound a lower speech, the thinner one, a higher pitch... So to get the correct pitch from a fatter string, it must be set tighter, to get the correct pitch from a thinner string, it must be set floppyer.
  3. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Good explaination of why gauge will effect tension!!!!
    But why are some strings listed as low or high tension???
  4. Also construction counts. See the <a href="http://www.drstrings.com/">DR Strings</a> site and read up on the Low Riders, built for higher tension (in order to make it possible to use lower action--higher tension strings aren't as floppy).

    Here's the GHS string tension computer if it's any help:


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