Guitar String Tension


String Tension - Acoustic Guitar Strings

String tension shown below is an approximation. Guitar string tension is based upon a 25.5" guitar scale length and standard tuning.

Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar: String Tension for Tuning

Part No. Gauge E-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 A-5 E-6 Total
16002 Extra Light Strings .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
String Tension (lbs) 16 18 28 27 25 21 135
16027 Custom Light Strings .011 .015 .022 .032 .042 .052
String Tension (lbs) 20 20 25 30 30 25 150
16052 Light Strings .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
String Tension (lbs) 23 23 30 30 30 26 163
16077 Light/Medium Strings .012 .016 .024 .035 .045 .056
String Tension (lbs) 23 23 30 37 34 29 166
16102 Medium Strings .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056
String Tension (lbs) 27 26 35 37 34 29 189
16182 HD Light Strings .013 .017 .025 .032 .042 .053
String Tension (lbs) 27 26 34 31 30 26 174

Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar: String Tension for Tuning

Part No. Gauge E-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 A-5 E-6 Total
11000/11002 Extra Light Strings .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
String Tension (lbs) 16 18 27 26 24 20 132
11025/11027 Custom Light Strings .011 .015 .022 .032 .042 .052
String Tension (lbs) 20 20 25 30 28 24 147
11050/11052 Light Strings .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
String Tension (lbs) 23 23 29 30 28 25 159
11075/11077 Light/Medium Strings .012 .016 .024 .035 .045 .056
String Tension (lbs) 23 23 29 35 33 28 171
11100/11102 Medium Strings .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056
String Tension (lbs) 27 26 34 35 33 28 183
11125 Resonator Strings .016 .018 .028 .035 .045 .056
String Tension (lbs) 41 29 40 35 33 28 207
11182 HD Light Strings .013 .017 .025 .032 .042 .053
String Tension (lbs) 27.4 26.3 32.1 29.5 28.4 25.1 169
11150/11152 12-String Light .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
String Tension (lbs) 16 18 27 26 24 20
    .010 .014 .009 .012 .018 .027
String Tension (lbs) 16 18 19 18 23 26 253
11172 12-String Medium .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
String Tension (lbs) 23 23 29 30 28 25
    .012 .016 .010 .012 .016 .024
String Tension (lbs) 23 23 23 18 19 22 287
11162 12-String Heavy .013 .017 .030 .039 .047 .056
String Tension (lbs) 27 26 47 44 36 28
    .013 .017 .014 .018 .027 .035
String Tension (lbs) 27 26 45 42 47 44 439
  B-1 F#-2 D-3 A-4 E-5 B-6  
11306 6-String Baritone .016 .022 .030 .047 .059 .070
String Tension (lbs) 23.5 24.9 26.6 35.4 32 24.9 167
    .013 .017 .014 .018 .027 .035
11308 8-String Baritone .016 .022 .030 .047 .059 .070
String Tension (lbs) 27 26 47 44 36 28  
      .014 .017      
      26 21     214