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Posted By: Strollin' Johnny
12-Oct-04 - 08:07 AM
Thread Name: Guitar string tension v gauge
Subject: RE: Guitar string tension v guage
Malcolm Newton (he of 'Newtone' hand-made strings, which are as good as it gets) says that the important factor in the 'correct' string for a given tuning is diameter of the core wire, nothing at all to do with the overall gauge (check out the 'Newtone Strings' website if you thing I'm talking shite!).

I use his Open 'C' strings which are standard gauge lights (12-53) but which have a heavier core and are wound with lighter wrapping wire. Result - a set of strings tuned CGCGCE which have exactly the same tension as, and feel just like, a standard 12-53 set tuned EADGBE. Marvellous!

Warning - because they feel like standard strings you need to keep in mind that they're not standard, and resist the temptation to tune them up to DADGAD or EADGBE! Ouch!