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I have a Schecter on the way (total impulse buy :lol:) and to be honest I don't like the extra tension for my style of playing, and I don't like 09s either. I've been a D'addario user for a long time and I'm quite happy with them, so I haven't experimented much with strings.

So I thought about tension differences between brands and wondered if it's THAT noticeable. I remember DRs being kinda loose, but that's about it. So it would be cool to know which brands have tighter/looser strings so I can figure out a good balance in tension.

Discuss. :)
 

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Elixirs Nanowebs, for some reason have more tension than other non-coated strings that are same exact same gauges. a set of Elixir .10s for example feels more like 10.5s to me :shrug:. i like the added tension though, and the strings just sound and feel incredible too.

a set of Elixir Nanoweb .9s might be just what you're looking for. i believe D'Addario also make some "in between" string gauges too.
 

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Depends on the material used, very slightly. Tension, guage, and length are about 99.9% of the physics of the note. I'd suggest getting 10's and tuning down to A or something.
 

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i can wail on anything because i'm ubermetal. i suggest taking some ubermetal classes at your local college
:lol:

I'm only untermetal, so I like floppy strings. 08s in E standard or 09s in D standard. And as picky as I am about having low tension, I've never noticed a damned bit of difference between string brands.
 

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i can wail on anything because i'm ubermetal. i suggest taking some ubermetal classes at your local college
I'm not too metal lately, but maybe the included woop woop changes that :hsquid:

:lol:

I'm only untermetal, so I like floppy strings. 08s in E standard or 09s in D standard. And as picky as I am about having low tension, I've never noticed a damned bit of difference between string brands.
The problem is that I don't like how thin strings sound in a extended scale guitar, kinda shrill when soloing. That's why I try to avoid 09s or 08s.
 

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DR high Beams have more tension that the same gauge D'Addarios.
I go back and forth between these 2 brands all the time and if I switch from one to the other I always have to adjust my trems.
 

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I love Elixirs. A bit more perceived tension and stiffness, but I kind of like that. Their 9s are like 9.5s really.
 

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What are you tuning to?

I really seem to get along with D'Addarios and DRs best of all. I used D'Addarios for a long time, then I used DRs for a long time, so now it's really just a toss up. I like Elixers every once in a while.
 

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What are you tuning to?

I really seem to get along with D'Addarios and DRs best of all. I used D'Addarios for a long time, then I used DRs for a long time, so now it's really just a toss up. I like Elixers every once in a while.
I tune to drop A so basically standard since I always buy my 7th string separately.
 

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I took your original post to wonder what the tension differences are across the different brands. THAT would be some pretty cool info. If we could get a tension chart like the D'Addario chart for all of the major brands I'd be totally into that. I for one use the string tension calculator to choose my strings, but I use either Ernie Ball, La Bella, or Elixirs, depending on the string, and I haven't the foggiest idea how closely they match the tension the calculator shows.
 
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