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Difference between Labella 45-105 and 52-110

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

  1. KB4178


    Oct 7, 2012
    Boone, NC
    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. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    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


    Mar 22, 2009
    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


    Oct 6, 2011
    I hear the ones they don't sell get used as support cables for suspension bridges. ;)
  5. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    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


    Mar 28, 2011
    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. 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

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    My neck is bowing just from reading those string gauges.
  9. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    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.
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  10. oldtech


    Apr 26, 2010
    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:
  11. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I'd pay for a 10 year old set. If you ever decide to get rid of them.....
  12. deepbluesuk

    deepbluesuk Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    London, ENGLAND
    I've gigged 760M's for years on a 78 Precision. Wouldn't change them for anything.
  13. oldtech


    Apr 26, 2010