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Jerry Overstreet


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2019 12:38 pm    
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I should know this but my brain is not working too well.

If, say on a standard 6 string guitar....I wanted more string tension, read less floppy 6th string tuned to the same note, would I go to a heavier or lighter wound 6th?

Example... for comparison purposes: String 6 currently tuned to E with a 42, go to 38 or 46?
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2019 12:41 pm    
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46
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Jerry Overstreet


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2019 12:42 pm    
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Ok, so heavier...of course. Thanks Ian.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post  Posted 15 Jul 2019 8:28 am    
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You may wanna read this article about the string gauges Pete Townshend used over the years. He didn't ( for a period of time) seem to like the unwound third, as most of his contemporaries prefered back then.
http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/gear/guitar/strings.html
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Jerry Overstreet


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Post  Posted 15 Jul 2019 10:35 am    
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Thanks Joachim. Interesting reading. It was just a generic thought concerning tension v. gauge. I just couldn't get my head around the tension thing concerning the wound strings.

I shoulda known from experiencing putting on larger gauge plain strings on the pedal steel, but it just wasn't registering. I think I have it now though.

I'll be setting up a B tuned baritone standard 6 string from scratch shortly so I was thinking about what gauges to use. I got some helpful info from Scott @ Stringjoy too, so I should be all set. Thanks again all.
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2019 7:27 am    
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Joachim Kettner wrote:
You may wanna read this article about the string gauges Pete Townshend used over the years. He didn't ( for a period of time) seem to like the unwound third, as most of his contemporaries prefered back then.
http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/gear/guitar/strings.html

I thought for sure he would mention that windmilling on an unwound 3rd probably didn’t work out well.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post  Posted 16 Jul 2019 10:44 am    
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But he didn't. Makes a lot of sense, Fred Smile
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