There is a common belief that higher tension equals greater volume. But higher tension strings must also overcome their own inertia in order to vibrate, so to a certain extent the extra energy created by the added tension cancels itself out. The recommendation that I've gotten from a number of string makers that I have known (Juan Orozco, Rose Augustine, Richard Cocco, and Jim D'Addario) has been that every guitar is different, and will react differently to different strings. The answer is that you must try many different strings on a guitar in order to determine what will work best.Catire wrote:I don't agree that high tension strings must mean more volume. I have a guitar (full size) that just loves Aquila"s Romantic set of strings, which are about the lowest tension strings I could find. The volume has increased since I put them on. Others I have sound best with medium tension.
This is true, if they're also tuned to the same pitch. That's the physics of the thing, and there's no room for opinion on this point. Now, subjective impressions of playability with a longer scale may or may not vary from player to player, but there is no argument that the same string, at the same pitch, must be at higher tension with a longer scale length.jorpheus wrote:P.S. I also read (Manuel Rodriguez, The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars, pp 107-108) that longer scale length means even higher tension (with the same strings!).
I do have this buzzing effect on my Ramirez. See my post viewtopic.php?f=11&t=31965jorpheus wrote:Hello,
Problem: I have a guitar with 664 mm scale length. Low action, very nice instrument. The neck is super straight, no problem. The frets look phantastic, no signs of use.
With extra high tension strings (EJ44) there is some buzzing on the three metal strings, especially the D string, but only when I am pressing them on the first few frets.
With lower tension strings (EJ45) this disappears.
Generally I thought buzzing would ***always*** be less with higher tension strings; so it seems that I am not strong enough to press them correctly (I play a lot and have other guitars, it is probably not just a question of technique ).
If I press as hard as I can or add some tremolo the buzzing disappears indeed.
Any comments ? Anybody knows a similar effect ?
I would actually love to use the high tension strings. The sound IS louder. It is actually a Taurus guitar, and I heard that the strings on Ramirez guitars are often VERY strong.
P.S. I also read (Manuel Rodriguez, The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars, pp 107-108) that longer scale length means even higher tension (with the same strings!).
That's the case even within the same brand name! D'Addario normal tension Pro Arte bass strings are not the same tension as the normal tension Composite or EXP strings. The Pro Arte D and A strings have slightly more tension, and the E string has slightly less tension than their counter parts in the other lines.GEO wrote:Just to inject some further fog into this discussion--there are not strict standards as to what tension qualifies as "normal" or "high" tension. Savarez strings that are labeled "normal" tension are actually in the same tension range as D'Addarios that are labeled "high".
The best way to know what you're getting is not to rely on the mfr's labeling but to look at the actual poundages as listed on the string package or the mfr's web site.
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