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Old 02-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Balanced Tension Sets

So, I've been using D'Addario XL120s (9-42) for a long time, and was pretty happy with them. I heard about the "balanced tension" sets, so I thought I'd give them a try. This is a little chart I made that shows the difference -

string: original gauge (tension), new gauge (tension):

E: 9 (13.10), 9 (13.14)
B: 11 (11.00), 12 (13.11)
G: 16 (14.70), 15 (12.91)
D: 24 (15.80), 22 (13.27)
A: 32 (15.80), 30 (13.89)
E: 42 (14.80), 40 (13.18)

I've been using them for about 2 weeks now, and my impressions are positive. In terms of feel, the first thing you'll notice is heavier B string and lighter A and low E. They actually do feel very "balanced". I also like the tone, which again sounds very even to me in terms of timbre and volume.

Anyone else tried these? Any thoughts on why you would or would not recommend them?

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Used them for a while. The even tension was nice, but ultimately it didn't make much of a difference to me and I switched to a type of string that I liked better. If the strings I regularly use came in an even tension gauge, I'd probably buy those. But I wouldn't buy a string just because it had even tension.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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Yeah im sure the playing difference is minimal but i guess its easier on your guitar IMO.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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I doubt those few extra pounds of tension are going to make any difference to your guitar. If it can't handle that minor difference in tension there's something seriously wrong with the guitar.

I do wonder if it might be better for tuning stability with a trem, though.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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I doubt those few extra pounds of tension are going to make any difference to your guitar. If it can't handle that minor difference in tension there's something seriously wrong with the guitar.

I do wonder if it might be better for tuning stability with a trem, though.


Yeah, I don't think they make a tremendous difference, that's true. They do feel and sound different though, but it's not a "wow" moment.

Not sure if they would do anything for trem stability. I'm sure the spring tension would have to be adjusted.

I think I'll stick with them for the time being, knowing I can always return to my previous gauges without too much trouble (other than adjusting the intonation)!
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