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Which string gives highest tension?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MtnGoat, Dec 31, 2001.

  1. MtnGoat


    May 7, 2000
    For a given setup, which string sets will give the highest string tension?
    Light vs. heavy gauge?
    taper core vs. standard wrap?
    steel vs. nickel?
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    The stiffest, highest tension strings I've tried are Rotosound Steve Harris Flats, and the La Bella Jamerson Set. Bigger strings will generally have higher tension. Core design also makes a difference - round core strings will be more flexible than hex-core, so the hex-core strings feel "tighter".
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I gotta' go with Flatwound Re the LaBella Jamersons.
    Even tho it's gauged like a "heavy" set (110 E I think),
    they have extremely high tension IME. Dern E busted
    the nut on my li'l Yammer :(:p. OTOH, I tried the Rotosound
    RS66 extra heavy set (130 E) just for grins - no problem.
    The tension felt "medium" to just a bit "heavy".

    I think it's got a lot to do with core size, material, and shape.
    Again, repeatin' what F/W said :D.
  4. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area

    These are good recommendations for flats, but I'd like to find the highest tension roundwound 5 string set. Any suggestions?

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