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String CircleKtensionChart

String CircleKtensionChart

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Published by: JPPalmeiras on Jan 11, 2012
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July 2011
Lower – Better – Circle K Strings
Circle K Strings are designed specically to expand and push downward the tuning o electric bassguitars. These are not guitar strings made bigger – they are bass strings made better. They are made in a great-er variety o gauges to provide a solid oundation or greater exploration o the depths o bass tunings. String sets are available that enable tunings as low as an octave beneath standard E, and an octavebelow low B. 
No other manuacturer makes strings like we do.We are the only manuacturer that oers a two-wrap E string. In larger diameters, we make three wrapstrings up to .182”. The ewer wraps o wire a string has the uller the sound they will produce, and itlets strings o even extraordinary gauge match tonally rom one string to the next. As well, ewer layersresult in a more fexible string, providing more harmonic content and a more comortable playing experi-ence.Our hybrid sets are a unique combination o nickel and steel – not quite as bright as steels and not as‘scooped’ as nickels. This mix o materials gives our strings a tonality that shits less over time and lastslonger. Circle K’s are wound straight and packaged straight. The greatest compromise to a string’s structuralintegrity and playable lie is coiling and packaging them in the traditional manner. At Circle K, all stringsare stored uncoiled rom the moment o manuacture. For shipping purposes only the strings are looselycoiled, and we recommend our customers store them uncoiled as well. Tension between strings within sets was established with the acceptance o round wound strings andnot considered since then – until now. Circle K makes Balanced and Traditional Tension sets available, aswell as Drop Tuned and – available very soon – 5ths sets. We provide choices that no other manuacturercan or does. In addition to sets that accommodate our string to twelve string players, there are threescale lengths to choose rom; Standard (34” to 35”), Medium (36” to 37”), and Long (39” to 40”).
Circle K Strings
Circle K’s commitment to product excellence is borne o 60 years o combined experience. In addition tostring development, design and production, our history also includes machine design and developmentand musical instrument design and production. You can expect a great deal rom these strings – be-cause a great deal went into their creation.
Balanced Tension Sets
String sets o this type have closely matched tension rom string to string. This allows or consistentplaying technique across the ret board and consistent tone, output and playability rom string to string.
Traditional Tension Sets
Historically, string sets have had tension relationships that grow tighter as the strings go higher in pitch.This was originally done to compensate or poor low end response rom amplication systems and hasmade recording unduly challenging. Traditional tension sets are perect or an retted instruments.
 Alternate Key or Drop Down Tuning
This is characterized by maintaining the standard intervals – 4ths – between strings, but adjusting thetuning o the string set to pitches other than the traditional low-side E or B.
Drop Tuning
Customarily, drop tuning provides a 5th relationship between the lowest and next-lowest strings, with thebalance o the set maintaining 4ths intervals going higher. There are some variations on this theme.
Interpreting the Data
The tensions indicated are in pounds, are provided in hal-step increments, and are based on a 34” scalelength. I you are selecting gauges or a 36” or 37” scale length instrument the tensions indicated areaccurate at one hal step lower than the pitches indicated. I you are calculating or a 40” scale instru-ment the tensions are accurate at a step-and-a-hal lower than the pitches indicated.On average, standard tension at traditional pitches on a contemporary electric bass guitar is between 35and 45 pounds or any given string. This is a reasonable bench mark when considering the appropriategauges or specic tunings.

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