Whats the difference?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by meathead, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. meathead

    meathead Guest

    Whats the difference between 16 guage and 16L, is one better than the other? And what is the difference between the Prince Synthetic and the Gosen OG-Sheep micro, the Gosen is obiviously cheaper than the Prince but why is that? Is the Prince a better string or is the Gosen?
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  2. Court_Jester

    Court_Jester Hall of Fame

    Jan 16, 2006
    Gauge is a measure of thickness, not quality. People pick one gauge over another depending on what they want to get out of their strings like spin, durability,dampening, etc.

  3. damasta55

    damasta55 Rookie

    Oct 2, 2005
    16l is thinner. Sets of Gosen OG sheep micro and psg/psgd are around teh same, but when you buy by reels, gosen is cheaper. If you are only buying a couple of sets, i would go with psg/psgd, but by reel, gosen og micro is a good deal.
  4. vinnier6

    vinnier6 Professional

    Sep 14, 2005
    the L in 16L stands for light as in light beer...its inbetween 16 and 17 guage strings....
  5. meh

    meh Semi-Pro

    Oct 7, 2005
    Depends on how the manufacturer rates it. 16L is supposed to be thinner, but that's not always the case.

    For example, Yonex's 880 Soft is 16L, or 1.30mm. Gosen's OG-Sheep Micro 16 is 1.29mm, which is thinner.

    Gauge ratings aren't even consistent amongst one manufacturer: Gosen polyester 17g strings are 1.24, while OG-Sheep Micro 17 is 1.22.

    Additionally, manufacturers sometimes can't be classified as rating "thicker than norm" or "thinner than norm;" Pro Supex's 16g is 1.28, which is thin, its 17g is 1.25, which is average, and its 18g is 1.22, which is thicker than the norm.

    The only accurate way of knowing string gauge is with the diameter measurements, but the gauge ratings do give a ballpark figure.

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