Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

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Theo
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Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by Theo » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:07 pm

Any recommendations for favorite low tension basses?

So far have tried the D'Addario, Galli, Savarez, & Aranjuez bass sets in order of preference.

The D'Addario and Galli are very similar and have extra sets of these.

Would like to find a low tension set closest in tonal quality to the Cantiga.

The guitar I've been experimenting with is the Cervantes cedar Milenia.

Regards,

Theo
Ben Silva German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Cervantes Milenia PE - Cedar/Palo Escrito
Pimentel Grand Concert Cutaway - German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Godin Nylon Multiac
Guild GAD-30PCE Steel String Cutaway
Guild 1974 d-25c Dread
Seagull Artist Peppino Dread

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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by Ramon Amira » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:37 pm

Augustine Black. "Black" is not the color of the strings - it just means "Low tension" in Augustine's incomprehensible labeling terminology.

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Theo
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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by Theo » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:15 pm

Hi Ramon,

Thank you for the suggestion. First one on my list.

Theo
Ben Silva German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Cervantes Milenia PE - Cedar/Palo Escrito
Pimentel Grand Concert Cutaway - German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Godin Nylon Multiac
Guild GAD-30PCE Steel String Cutaway
Guild 1974 d-25c Dread
Seagull Artist Peppino Dread

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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by petermc61 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:54 pm

Which Aranjuez did you try - Suave? If so, I am curious as to your comments on them and why they didn’t particularly appeal.

Theo
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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by Theo » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:22 pm

Hi Peter,

It was the Aranjuez Spanish Silver 200 LT bass set.

Both the tone and longevity left something to be desired.

The Suave is not available in bass sets alone.

However, I may order a full set and try the treble set on the Ben Silva spruce and the bass on the Cervantes.

Sounds like you've tried the Suave?

Theo
Ben Silva German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Cervantes Milenia PE - Cedar/Palo Escrito
Pimentel Grand Concert Cutaway - German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Godin Nylon Multiac
Guild GAD-30PCE Steel String Cutaway
Guild 1974 d-25c Dread
Seagull Artist Peppino Dread

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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by petermc61 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:52 am

Theo wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:22 pm
Hi Peter,

It was the Aranjuez Spanish Silver 200 LT bass set.

Both the tone and longevity left something to be desired.

The Suave is not available in bass sets alone.

However, I may order a full set and try the treble set on the Ben Silva spruce and the bass on the Cervantes.

Sounds like you've tried the Suave?

Theo
Theo

Yes, I regard both the basses and the trebles very highly. A lovely, balanced set. Just give them a few days to settle down. The trebles take noticeably longer than many sets to settle down tone wise (they sound a bit ‘plasticky’ initially).

Regards
Peter

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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by Icarus11 » Mon May 21, 2018 8:14 pm

Theo,

About low tension, you can try Luthier 20, Pepe Romero bass set LT, and Aquila 800.

Best regards

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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by JRomano » Mon May 21, 2018 9:22 pm

I'd second the suggestion of Augustine Blacks. They're very nice.

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Re: Low Tension Basses - Recommendations

Post by Theo » Wed May 23, 2018 2:32 pm

Icarus11 wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 8:14 pm
Theo,

About low tension, you can try Luthier 20, Pepe Romero bass set LT, and Aquila 800.

Best regards
Hi Icarus11,

Thank you for the recommendations.

I'll add them to my list.

Theo
Ben Silva German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Cervantes Milenia PE - Cedar/Palo Escrito
Pimentel Grand Concert Cutaway - German Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Godin Nylon Multiac
Guild GAD-30PCE Steel String Cutaway
Guild 1974 d-25c Dread
Seagull Artist Peppino Dread

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