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Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 916
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post

Hey guitarists…

I've got my action and truss rod set perfectly one on of my guitars. The TR is a bitch to get to…kinda like the 50's Fenders but worse.

Anyway, I've got 10's on there now and the E/B and G are just too much for me when it comes to bending. I'm weak and lazy. I would love to go to 9's but am afraid I'll need to loosen the TR. Then I thought about hybrid 9/10's.

So here's the question…which strings are responsible for the most tension in the neck? The E/A/D or the G/B/E? My first reaction would be the heavier but I think there's more tension in the lighter strings.

Opinions and facts welcome...
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11299
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 3:26 pm:   Edit Post

Since I knew that Thomastik-Infeld publishes their string tension numbers, I looked up a set. Here's the tension in pounds for each string in a set of Infeld Superalloy 9's. Click the link for their 10's and 11's and for their Power-Brights and Sliders.

E - 13.4
B - 11.2
G - 14.2
D - 15.8
A - 15.3
E - 14.7

(Message edited by davehouck on March 08, 2014)
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Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 917
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Moder Dave.
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1523
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:59 pm:   Edit Post

For what it's worth,
I've been using TI power brights on my guitars for a year or more now, I can't go back to anything else. Before that I was hooked on Curt Mangan (still pretty good for the price).
There are a couple Heavy Bottom versions of the power brights.
They last a long time too .


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