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Balancing the tensions.

Have you ever re-strung your guitar with a different set and thought… ‘Wow!  These feel a lot different to the last set!?’

Aside from the obvious variables such as material, core, steel tension, etc… this is essentially caused by a tension disparity across the strings of stock gauge sets, which can vary from string to string creating a “tighter” or “looser” feel between strings.  For example, the D string may feel quite tight against the A which is slightly more loose.  This means, subconsciously you’re constantly having to compensate when skipping across strings through technique, speed or other variants.

D’Addario has taken this issue head-on and created the innovative Balanced Tension series using strings from the famous XL range.  Through years of research and countless inquiries via email, social media or forum posts from players increasingly encountering string gauge and tension issues, the guys at D’Addario turned to simple mathematics to solve a musical problem.

Let’s take a look at the gauges:

Standard

Altered Tension

 

EXL110

EXL110BT

Difference

10

10

0

13

13.5

+0.5

17

17

0

26

25

-1

36

34

-2

46

46

0


With the Balanced Tension series D’Addario has optimised the tension of traditional string gauges to create a more even and balanced feel from string to string.  The direct results of this are increased comfort, playability and control whilst bending, strumming, plucking or slapping.

Earl Slick / New York Dolls: “I used D’Addario BT exclusively on all my guitars & they all stay in tune. I get a good slap out of them….I can do the double stops without having to fight with the guitar. They just play better. Period!”