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guitar344 01-12-2020 10:03 PM

Low tension bass strings
 
Why do bass strings have twice the amount of tension of guitar strings, even through they are tuned lower. What if the tension was the same?

JLT 01-13-2020 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by guitar344 (Post 6263620)
Why do bass strings have twice the amount of tension of guitar strings, even through they are tuned lower. What if the tension was the same?

It's a complicated question, really, but the simple answer has to do with the mass of the strings. As a thought experiment, think about taking the high E string on a guitar and tuning it to B, the same pitch as the next lower string. You'd get the same pitch, but with the lesser tension the sound would be really wimpy, wouldn't it? And that's why the B string is thicker ... has more mass ... so it can reproduce that B with more clarity and volume.


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