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Bass String Diameters and Tensions Last Updated: 1/26/2007 Manufacturer and String Corelli 370M Composition Nickel (G) and Tungsten (D,A,E) flat wire wound on steel core Nickel (G) and Tungsten (D,A,E) flat wire wound on steel core Nickel (G) and Tungsten (D,A,E) flat wire wound on steel core G 0.046 Diameter (inches) D A 0.052 0.064 E Reference 0.083 2 G 53.5 Tension (lbs) D A 51.4 53.6

Corelli 370F

0.045

0.055

0.068

0.087

59.5

57.8

58.4

Corelli 370TX

0.045

0.056

0.072

0.098

57.1

60.2

63.1

Corelli 380TX D'Addario Helicore Hybrids Light D'Addario Helicore Hybrids Medium D'Addario Helicore Hybrids Heavy D'Addario Helicore Orchestral Light D'Addario Helicore Orchestral Medium D'Addario Helicore Orchestral Heavy D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Light D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Medium D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Heavy Eurosonic Ultra Light Eurosonic Light Eurosonic Medium Innovation 140H Honeys Innovation 140B Braided Innovation 140B Rockabilly Innovation 140SS Super Silvers

Nickel nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core nickle flat wire wound on carbon steel rope core white nylon tape wound on steel rope white nylon tape wound on steel rope white nylon tape wound on steel rope Solid hybrid polymer core with flat steel outer windings burnished to a chrome finish. Synthetic braided core with flat steel outer winding burnished to a chrome finish. Synthetic braided core with outer winding of black nylon tape (smooth finish) Synthetic braided core with clear nylon outer winding allowing the silver finish to show through. This set is the same tension as the 140B Synthetic braided core with clear nylon outer winding. The 2 top strings have a 'Gut like' finish and the bottom 2 strings have a silver finish. These are a lighter tension than the 140B and 140SS Synthetic braided core with black nylon outer windings these strings are not color coded the silk is black. These are a higher tension set that suits jazz players. Fine twisted wire core wound with thin threads of aluminum, copper, or alloy metals Fine twisted wire core wound with thin threads of aluminum, copper, or alloy metals Fine twisted wire core wound with thin threads of aluminum, copper, or alloy metals black nylon tape wound, metal rope core G - D Nylon Wnd on Nylon, A - E Silver Plated Wnd on Nylon G - D Plain Gut, A - E Silver Plated Wnd on Gut Plain gut Plain gut Round silver wound gut Round silver wound gut chromesteel flat wire wound on steel core No winding for G & D although has some kind of varnish. Silver for A&E Silver wrapped gut Rope core steel string flatsteel wire wound on ropecore Rope core steel string flatsteel wire wound on synthetic fibre flatsteel wire wound on synthetic fibre flat chromsteel wire wound on gut

0.045

0.057

0.078

0.102

19 58.2 62.0 64.0 58.2 62.0 64.0 58.2 62.0 64.0 61.3 65.9 68.4 61.3 65.9 68.4 61.0 66.0 69.0 63.0 67.0 70.0 62.5 69.0 73.0 63.0 67.0 70.0

0.045

0.050

0.070 0.075

0.090 0.100

15 15

0.065 0.069 0.075

0.089 0.094 0.098

0.100 0.110 0.122

0.130 0.142 0.150

Innovation 140SLP Silver Slaps

Innovation 140UB

Jargar Dolce Jargar Medium Jargar Forte La Bella Black Nylon Wound LaBella SuperNil La Bella Gut Lenzner Gut Strings Lenzner Gut Strings Lenzner Wound Gut Strings Lenzner Wound Gut Strings Lenzner Quinton Piastro Chorda Pirastro Eudoxa Piastro Flat Chromesteel Pirastro Flexocore Pirastro Jazzer Pirastro Obligato Solo Pirastro Obligato Orchestra Pirastro Oliv Piastro Original Pirastro Permanent Pirastro Pizzacato Presto medium Presto light Presto ultralight Pyramid Aluminum #195 Pyramid Gold #198 Pyramid Superior #201 Pyramid Ultraflex #204 Pyramid Soloflex #207 Pyramid Nylon #217 Pyramid Nylon #218 Pyramid Gut #213 Pyramid Gut #214 Thomstik-Infield Belcanto

0.048 0.048 0.063 0.090 0.086 0.083 0.083

0.064 0.060 0.079 0.117 0.107 0.109 0.108

0.081 0.080 0.104 0.100 0.114 0.144 0.142 0.097 0.098 0.079 0.100 0.090 0.074 0.076 0.083 0.080 0.088 0.095 0.088 0.080 0.085 0.122 0.110 0.100

0.111 0.110 0.134 0.122 0.135 0.182 0.136 0.138 0.112 0.140 19 18 1 16 1 3 1 3 13 15

0.052 0.080 0.071 0.048 0.050 0.051 0.058 0.060 0.070 0.050 0.053 0.060 0.075 0.069 0.065

0.078 0.110 0.079 0.056 0.061 0.069 0.063 0.069 0.085 0.062 0.064 0.070 0.098 0.094 0.089

64.0

67.5

76.3

flat wire wound on carbon ropecore Silver plated copper on gut nylon tape wound on steel rope nylon tape wound on steel rope nylon tape wound on steel rope round aluminium wire, polished nickel flat wire wound on steel core pure nickel flat wire wound on steel core nickel flat wire wound on cabled steel core nickel flat wire wound on a woven steel cable core. G, D, & A plain nylon, E silver-wrapped nylon G & D plain nylon, A & E silver-wrapped nylon G, D, & A Plain gut E silver-plated wire wrapped gut G & D plain gut, A & E Silver-plated wire on plain gut twisted steel rope core and chromium winding

0.108 16 0.098 16 0.100 8 0.111 16 0.106 1 0.111 1 0.135 15 - G, D, A; 21 - E 0.109 16 0.106 16 0.100 15 0.150 0.142 0.130

63.3 64.2

62.6 63.3

61.1 69.0

62.6 60.4

62.0 58.0

62.4 56.4

63.5 50.7 47.4 44.1 64.6 55.8 55.8 59.5 59.5

62.4 57.3 51.8 44.1 49.6 58.4 58.4 57.3 57.3

61.5 62.8 56.2 46.3 52.5 68.4 68.4 62.8 62.8

0.098 0.098 0.083 0.083 0.050

0.138 0.138 0.106 0.106 0.062

0.157 0.118 0.142 0.114 0.080

0.173 0.173 0.154 0.154 0.104

10

48.5 48.5 62.2

48.5 48.5 63.3

44.1 55.1 64.4

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Thomstik-Infield Belcanto Thomstik-Infield Dominant Solo 197 Thomstik-Infield Dominant 196 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Solo (tuned down to orchestra pitch) 3886 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Soft (Weich) 3885 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Medium (Mittel) 3885 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Solo (tuned down to orchestra pitch) S43 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Soft (Weich) S42 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Medium (Mittel) S42 Thomstik-Infield Spirocore Heavy (Stark) S42 Thomstik-Infield Superflex solo S43 Thomstik-Infield Superflex Orchestra S42 Thomstik-Infield Superflex 2887 Velvet Garbo twisted steel rope core and chromium winding flatsteel wire wound on nylon (monofil) flatsteel wire wound on nylon (monofil) flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel spiral core flatsteel wire wound on steel ropecore flatsteel wire wound on steel ropecore flatsteel wire wound on steel ropecore polished polyamid wound on silk (G), polished polyamid/copper round wire wound on silk (D), polished copper round wire (A+E) wound on silk polished round wire wound on silk polished round wire wound on synthetic/mineral fibres polished round wire wound on synthetic/mineral fibres 0.050 0.055 0.044 0.046 0.052 0.044 0.046 0.052 0.054 0.052 0.052 0.092 0.062 0.065 0.061 0.063 0.070 0.061 0.063 0.070 0.065 0.074 0.074 0.093 0.080 0.085 0.076 0.079 0.085 0.076 0.079 0.085 0.090 0.079 0.079 0.097 0.104 0.113 0.103 0.107 0.111 0.103 0.107 0.111 0.117 0.107 0.107 0.111 10 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 56.9 63.1 75.9 67.3 62.8 61.1 67.3 75.9 67.3 66.1 63.1 71.7 77.8 71.7 68.3 62.2 63.9 56.0 60.6 67.2 63.3 63.9 57.8 61.7 68.3 64.4 66.1 57.8 63.9 70.5

Velvet Anima Velvet Compas 360 Velvet Compas 180

0.078 0.065 0.050

0.081 0.072 0.060

0.095 0.086 0.070

0.110 0.109 0.090

16 16 15

NOTE: Reference number appears next to the original data. Converted data are not referenced directly but should be referred back to the original data. 25.4 mm per inch and 2.205 lb per kg 1. From Bob Gollihur's web site - his measurements 2. From Bob Gollihur's web site - Corelli values (scale length not reported) 3. From Bob Gollihur's web site - Lenzner values 4. J.R. Music Supply 5. Jordan Kirkness 6. D'addario 7. Thomastik-infeld 8. www.talkbass.com 9. Southwest Strings 10. www.talkbass.com 11. Jargar strings 12. Presto strings (scale length not reported) 13. Lenzner strings 14. Pyramid-saiten Strings 15. Adrian Cho 16. www.talkbass.com 17. Values calculated by taking string diameter and tension data and determing the effective density of each string; then entered the new pitch or string length in the calculator and determined the new 18. www.talkbass.com 19. www.talkbass.com 20. www.talkbass.com 21. www.talkbass.com

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