Does a larger string diameter result in a higher string tension?


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One of the biggest misconceptions is the assumption that a larger string diameter leads to a higher string tension. But this is not the case. The string tension is calculated using the weight per length, i.e. the density and not the thickness of the material. A strip of silver of a certain strip thickness and width is about four times heavier than a strip of aluminum with the same measurements. This means that if you compare a silver-wound D-string with an aluminum-wound D-string of the same string tension, the silver-wound D-string is still much thinner, since silver has a higher density.

 

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