String Tension Super Thread (Got a string question? Post it here!)

Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by MaxOfMetal, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. WillyTheMLGPro

    WillyTheMLGPro SS.org Regular

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    48 for C# from a 9 string? O_O
     
  2. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Oh, I assumed it was standard octave :D
    Perhaps something like this then?
    len 27.7
    c1# .105 danw == 17.21#
    a1 .064 danw == 18.03#
    e2 .046 danw == 20.63#
    a2 .032 danw == 18.61#
    d3 .024 danw == 18.61#
    g3b .018 danw == 16.91#
    Assuming you then meant the 10-52 in E standard on 25.5, but I wouldn't suggest trying to go that tight on the bottom of a 27.7 in C# as it would need something like a 120 which is just going to be super muddy. So I've gone with a more typical 'middle heavy' set here that tapers off the tension more like a 46 E than 52 at the bottom for some brightness.

    The Ernie Ball 9 string set skipping the 80 is a nice solution for you that gets you extremely close to this suggestion but with a 16 plain on top (which is a good alternative to an 18 wound, if you aren't opposed to having a single plain string on the guitar which I never enjoyed). I'd grab that for ease and tweak from there to taste.
     
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  3. WillyTheMLGPro

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    Awesome! Now you just need to make Bass strings for me to buy :D
     
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    What does the 9th string sound like? Is it like a guitar, or would someone think it is actually a bass instead? That string sounds so much for a guitar.
     

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