Parabolic Strings tension on short scale OM?

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  • #1247

    moo cow
    Participant

    Looking to try some parabolic strings on my SC short scale OM and wanted to ask your opinion on tension.  Since the short scale already has less string tension would the low tension strings get noodle-ish or floppy feeling?

    Thanks

  • #1249

    indexless
    Keymaster

    Greetings Moo!  Love them on my short scale guitars…no flop or noodles, even tuned down

  • #1252

    moo cow
    Participant

    Thanks Indexless!

    That’s good to know.  I wonder what the medium tensions would do to the sound or playability?

  • #1253

    indexless
    Keymaster

    Here’s a great link SCGC posted yesterday

  • #1259

    moo cow
    Participant

    Great video.  Looking forward to trying ’em out.  Thanks

  • #1270

    Richard Hoover
    Senior Moderator

    Hi MC,

    You’ve already had a great response to your question which should validate your wise choice of String Brand.  As per your Short Scale OM; your thinking is accurate; shorter scale equals less tension. Indexless should have settled any fears that the low tension set might be too low. As to what to expect with Mid-Tension strings on the same guitar; you will enjoy increased volume with a corresponding feel in string tension. It’s a pretty cheap and reversable experiment to try both styles on your OM to determine what suits you best. One caveat: you may sometimes want to adjust your truss rod and/or saddle height to maintain the same action in response to the difference in overall tension between the two string categories. Thank you!

    Best,                                                                                                                                                                                                       Richard

  • #1272

    moo cow
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply Richard!  I’m going to roll with low tension.  With my left index finger having some arthritic pain when playing barre chords I think the lower tension on short scale should be quite nice.

  • #1284

    moo cow
    Participant

    Got some strings in this week.  Put a low tension set on my  OM SS and BOOM!, the beast came alive!  Bass is there in spades but everything is nice and even across the fingerboard.  I also ordered a mid tension set and put in on my H&D dread and the power and volume is on another level.    And my concern about the low tension on a short scale were instantly dismissed.  No issues there.

    Been playing Elixir PB nano strings for years so I’m having to relearn a little technique to minimize the finger squeak but the tone is 100% better.

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