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50-110 lo-riders...can my bass handle them?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by williamk, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    I accidentally bought 50-110 lo-riders (I was trying to get regular 45-105) and when I got home and discovered what I had I was pissed.
    I have a p-bass I love on which, sadly, all strings feel kinda 'slack' and loose which I hate. I'm thinking maybe I should put these here instead of on the other bass for which I originally bought the strings (they don't even fit in the nut on the other one...).
    My p has had 45-105 sunbeams and 45-105 precision flats. What will happen with 50-110 strings? Will they feel tighter? Will I have to change something? The tension might have to be fixed??
  2. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    They will feel tight and will pull on your neck a little if you tune to EADG. The Low-Rider series has a hexagon core which makes them a little stiffer than Hi-Beams and Sunbeams.
    That said, those are excellent strings for down tuning.
  3. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    so if I want standard tuning...I'll have to reajust the neck?
  4. Ezmar


    Jul 8, 2010
    Possibly, that's not a huge change. It might be slightly off, but I (in my unprofessional opinion) wouldn't think that it would Necessitate a change. Of course, if you do put them on, and find the action's too high, or that there's too much neck bow for your taste, then you'll want to adjust the neck.
  5. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I have used anywhere between 40-100 and 50-118 tuned to standard on my main bass. I haven't needed to adjust the neck at all, I always readjust my action and intonation for different levels of tension though. I love high tension strings, my right hand doesn't mind the tension and my left hand benefits greatly from being able to take my action lower. Lower tension strings feel more grabby to me and get a softer blooming sound which sounds really nice as well.
  6. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    Ok good, nice to know. But in no way can i damage the neck or bridge or whatever?
  7. Ezmar


    Jul 8, 2010
    Unless you put them in with a hammer or saw, you should be just fine.
  8. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    Thanks! I guess ill give them a try..!