Violin String Tensions

This table shows the tensions that result from the different gauges available for the violin. The string length is assumed to be about 33cm and the pitch standard is assumed to be a-415. If the string length on your instrument is a little longer, then the tension will be a little more. If the string length on your instrument is a little shorter, then the tension will be a little less.You can use this table to find out what sort of tension you are using on your violin. Each string is listed with a type of gut that is used on the instrument. There are two listings for the G-4 string. One listing is for wound strings and the other is for plain gut strings.

If you have any questions about string tensions that are not answered here, please e-mail: info@gamutstrings.com

    Diameter Tension
Note   in mm in Kg
Violin e-1 treble gut
e Light 0.52 4.80
e Light+ 0.54 5.20
e Medium 0.56 5.60
e Medium+ 0.58 5.90
e Heavy 0.60 6.40
e Heavy+ 0.62 6.80
Violin a-2 treble gut
a Light 0.72 4.00
a Light+ 0.74 4.30
a Medium 0.76 4.50
a Medium+ 0.78 4.70
a Heavy 0.80 5.00
a Heavy+ 0.82 5.20
Violin D-3 Lyon gut, Pistoy gut, or Gimped string
D Light 1.00 3.45
D Light+ 1.02 3.60
D Medium 1.04 3.75
D Medium+ 1.06 3.90
D Heavy 1.08 4.00
D Heavy+ 1.10 4.2
Violin G-4 Silver Wound string
G Light .80 3.3
G Light+ .82 3.65
G Medium .84 3.80
G Medium+ .86 4.00
G Heavy .88 4.10
G Heavy+ .90 4.20
Violin G-4 Lyon gut, Pistoy gut, or Gimped string
G Light 1.46 3.30
G Light+ 1.50 3.50
G Medium 1.52 3.60
G Medium+ 1.56 3.70
G Heavy 1.58 3.80
G Heavy+ 1.60 3.90

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