Low tension vs medium tension…………

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    • #4902
      hifivic
      Participant

      Could someone tell me what difference I would feel and hear between the SC low tension and medium tension on a SCGC OM? Been using them for the last year on several guitars Lowden, Bourgeois…..both an OM as well as a dread, and I believer they are the best sounding and feeling strings I’ve ever owned in over 50 years of playing guitar. I have used low tension only.


      SCGC Custom OM, Cocobolo, German
      One off classical by Samick
      70th. Anniversary Blackguard Broadcaster
      Victoria 5112

    • #4904
      indexless
      Keymaster

      Welcome HiFiVic!

      I’m sure you’ll get some opinions and answers here. Thanks for joining the conversation

    • #4905
      Acoustic Soul
      Participant

      I put up a video comparison on the forum if you search for it or go to Carmelo Santini youtube channel… it’s lengthy and in depth

    • #4906
      hifivic
      Participant

      Wow, thank you! To my ear it was immediate that the lights had more detail and articulation. The mediums while more powerful were bloated by comparison. Thanks again!


      SCGC Custom OM, Cocobolo, German
      One off classical by Samick
      70th. Anniversary Blackguard Broadcaster
      Victoria 5112

    • #4907
      Hank
      Participant

      I have lites on the OM, FTC, H and F…….love Em.

      Mids on the Dreads……Love Em

      Awaiting the 12s for the Taylor


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    • #4908
      tadol
      Moderator

      Honestly – I think you won’t find a night and day difference – the medium will probably give you a bit more volume, the lights a bit easier to play. But beyond that, you’ll probably find that the differences will probably depend on the specific guitar, and the nuances of the set-up and build.  I don’t think the idea was to create a string that would sound different, but to make a series of strings (yes, we’re all keeping fingers crossed that other sets will be available in  the next few months!) that give you a consistency in what they present to your guitar, so that you get  more of the true nature of the guitars tone out.  Does that make sense?  Medium tension are suited to larger instruments, when you want the extra energy from a little more tension/mass to drive a larger or heavier soundboard. Light tension for smaller instruments, or guitars that aren’t built to need alot of energy input. But that doesn’t mean you cant use light on big guitars, or medium on small ones.  How YOUR guitar will respond will best be known when you try them.  But do keep in mind – having your guitar well set-up and adjusted will be critical if you want to really feel and hear the difference.

       

    • #4909
      hifivic
      Participant

      Thanks Hank and Tadol.


      SCGC Custom OM, Cocobolo, German
      One off classical by Samick
      70th. Anniversary Blackguard Broadcaster
      Victoria 5112

    • #4913
      Acoustic Soul
      Participant

      Yeah that’s true, it really varies on the guitar.  They both work great when you want to change it up to a certain direction

    • #4914
      sdelsolray
      Participant

      All other things being equal, the differences are minor, i.e., string diameters, individual string tensions, overall set tension, winding diameters, etc.  But as Tadol mentioned, other factors can change things, i.e., instrument sonic and behavioral characteristics, scale length, action, etc.  Add to that the musical genres involved, the right hand playing techniques utilized and the player’s personal preferences and aesthetics.

      More simply, either set can be (and often are) wonderful.  Experience is the teacher.

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