String bending and metal tensions?

Hey there, so im doing another bout of testing looking for my ideal set up.

Lets say I have an identical GUAGE set of strings like 10-46 of

Stainless steel,

Nickle Plated

and Pure nickle

All Roundwound core.

Which of these types would be the hardest to bend? the easiest?

also which of these string types would yield the most vibration distance? the least vibration distance?

(basically which strings require higher action or lower action?) I dont usually play with the flat wound or hex cores, would these core types make any real difference at all? and I dont use cobalt strings either but whats up with these too? I used a standard strat scale neck

last question, I have been told by some that thinner strings require HIGHER action as somehow these thinner strings have a larger vibration distance ? is this true?


While I can't comment on the vibrational properties of the different string sets/materials you've outlined ...I however CAN say that Yes, a lighter guage string will usually (depending on the action BEFORE the change) cause you to have to 'raise' your action.

Now, whenever you're switching string guages you should be re-doing your setup anyways (truss rod adjustment, saddle height, intonation, etc...) as it will most likely need it anyway.
Aside from the differences in 'feel' when bending and whatnot (which is minimal I assume, as string diameter and pitch are the only determining factors of string tension), I'm sure the major difference is more the tonal quality of the different materials used.
So find a guage you like, and if you're looking for a brighter/darker sound then buy them based on that!

Hopefully someone a little more knowledgable on this subject chimes in ....and the rest of the 'mangos' on the forum don't bother! :hiP
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