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Difference between Labella 45-105 and 52-110

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by KB4178, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. KB4178

    KB4178

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    I've been playing 45-105 flats for a long time. Recently switched from Rotosound to La Bella Deep Talkin' Bass. I just discovered that La Bella has a "Vintage" set of Deep Talkin' Bass in 52-110. Never having played strings in that gauge, I'm wondering what difference I'd see in tone and playability. Thanks!
  2. 3234718

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    They're constructed differently but the main difference is the huge tension. They're very, very stiff and you're fingers are gonna hurt for a while until you get used to them. But if you want as legit a vintage pbass sound as you can get, the 52-110 are the way to go.
  3. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    There is a very big difference.
    The tension is a dramatic change but the tone as agreed with above is the tone many are after.
    Those strings are not for the weak of person or bass.
  4. soulman969

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    I hear the ones they don't sell get used as support cables for suspension bridges. ;)
  5. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    High tension strings also allow for really low action which even's things out. Of course I learned on Roto 66's, but I never had any problems with the old Jamerson sets after setting up the bass up for them.
  6. donn

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    I think you're talking about the 760M `"Original 1954" Fender Style', also known informally as "Jamersons". They have too many names.

    On my bass they are pretty comfortable, but it's a tailpiece style hollow body, where the string length is a couple inches longer than the scale, so for tension it's like long scale tuned down a step or two.

    Oddly, I hardly ever read about anyone trying the heaviest gauge in the regular line, the 760FM, .049-.109.
  7. shrimpflea

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    I played the La Bella 760FMs for about 6 months before eventually switching to the 760FLs. I really liked the tone but I could only play them for about 30 minutes and then my hands would hurt...thought I would get used to them but never really did, so went down to the lower gauge which I love....but the FMs had more booty...maybe I'll try again one day.

    Flatwound String Reviews
  8. RHFusillo

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    My neck is bowing just from reading those string gauges.
  9. 3234718

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    The tension is no joke. You need a good strong neck for them. My gamma pbass laughs at the tension but a Squier I once had, nothing against them, but it bowed like it was made out of plastic.
  10. oldtech

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    I've been using those Jamersons on my American Standard P-Bass for 10 years. I have a new set in my gig bag if one ever breaks.

    On that bass they stay in tune and make a wonderful sound. I use that P-Bass 80% of the time, partly from habit and partly because there is almost no combination of amp settings or sound reinforcement that can make it sound bad. I'm always happy when I hear the playback from the gig. Maybe it helps hide my problems. :eyebrow:
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    I'd pay for a 10 year old set. If you ever decide to get rid of them.....
  12. deepbluesuk

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    I've gigged 760M's for years on a 78 Precision. Wouldn't change them for anything.
  13. oldtech

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    :cool:

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