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    Bending of the string is totally related to the linear mass density of the string.

    T = (2 x frequency x Length)squared x Linear mass density of string
    Frequency and Length are fixed by fretboard and tuning.

    So how do you determine the linear density?
    Simple you should know the material and the string gauge.
    String gauges are again fixed - 9, 10, 11, 12 etc
    Obviously higher the gauge, thicker the string, more the linear density, and hence more tension.

    What about the material?
    If you use nylon - its very light material - thus will have very less mass density.
    Unfortunately - you can't use nylons on Electric.

    So we have Nickel & Steel.
    1. Nickel core
    2. Steel core
    3. Nickel plated steel core
    4. SS plated steel core

    Basically nickel and steel only.
    What are the densities?
    Nickel about 8.9
    Steel about 8.1

    So which strings would be at lower tension?
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    i dont think it linear mass density has anything to do with low action...provided larger the radius of the string the nearer it 'feels' to the fretboard...

    what about phosphor bronze strings...whats the linear mass density???
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    Of course action has nothing to do with ease of bending.
    But then, it has to do with the material density...

    The heavier your material - more tension you need to keep to get the same frequency.
    More tension = more bending of your guitar neck.
    More bending = higher action.

    Phosphor Bronze is 8.8 - similar to Nickel.
    HOWEVER, you need to be careful with the wound strings. The winding material on the top will change the linear density.

    BTW - all figures I have mentioned are the volumetric density. To arrive at linear density - you need to fix the wire diameter too.
    Therefore, you need to multiply it with the cross section area of the wire.

    (This explains why the same material - steel string sounds low when its thickness is more - the linear density is higher)

    When you buy the strings, you should also take into account the tone it generates.
    So is there anything magical about tone generation - or can it still be explained via physics?
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    I'm not sure its as simple as that. I personally use D'addarios but if you switch over to EB slinkys with the same gauge, bending gets a lot more easier.

    A possible variable you may have neglected might be that 'Steel' and 'Stainless Steel' are alloys with variable compositions. Being a mech engineer, I was fortunate to learn about how minute differences in composition greatly affects physical properties of alloys. Many times, you can change these properties even by manufacturing processes like annealing, rolling etc.

    Btw, careful with the ProSteels that someone recommended. They may be bright and chime-y but eat through frets too.
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    Yes the property of steel depends on its composition.
    I was giving a ball park figure. But in any case Steel is never heavier than Copper Bronze or Nickel. Unless you create special tungsten steel alloys
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    Thanks for the reply mates


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