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Posted By: Pete_Standing
12-Oct-04 - 04:56 AM
Thread Name: Guitar string tension v gauge
Subject: RE: Guitar string tension v guage
When Murray says

"My feeling is that tuning the bass to C requires a heavy gauge string."

that is exactly what Martin Carthy and Chris Foster do (and probably many others too), using a 59 for the 6th string. However, Martin Simpson uses medium gauge strings going from 13 to 56, even when tuned down to C, but then he might have a longer scale length which, I am told, raises the tension of the strings anyway.