Fender flats 50-100 too much for jazz neck?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by perutxo, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Hi,
    The title says it all. Do you think the 50-100 fender flats would be too much tension for a jazz neck?
    Thanks :bassist:
  2. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    NO, with propper truss rod adjustment it will handle it ok... it might be too much tension for your fingers thoug... they were for mine!
  3. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Canton, Ohio, USA
    Family Man Barrett always seemed to get along fine.
  4. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    I love a taut-feeling string, I feel I can get more feel out of them under my fingers...I appreciate the lack of "give". "looser" strings get too unruly for my technique, and I hate, hate, hate the "clang" of a looser string when you really dig in...fine for pick-style, but not when I play with my sausage link fingers....

    I use Fender flats on my SX jazz, and D'Addario Chromes on my VM Jazz, and they both handle the tension just fine, and sound and feel fantastic.
  5. Liv3rman


    Dec 28, 2012
    My Ibanez SR300 has a really thin maple neck like your Jazz, and run .50-.110 Rotosound flats just fine. Just make sure you set up your truss rod, action when you first restring, and you'll be fine.
  6. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    I used Fender 50-100 flats for a few years and just switched to Fender 55-105 flats.
    Not too much tension for the neck.
    I really love the feel of these high tension strings. You can get the action really low and 64th note runs are clean and punchy.
    Just feels so right to me.
  7. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    Wow - 64th notes? At what tempo?
  8. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    ...And another guitarist decides he's ready to take up electric bass...
  9. :bag:
    i still prefer this to "300bpm note runs are clean and punchy"

    btt, high gauge strings (as long as they are 4 string sets) wrecking necks is a myth. you can put jamersons on jazz basses nothing is going to happen as long as you adjust the tuss rod.
  10. Bisonzone


    Nov 16, 2012

    i was interested in grabbing a set of these strings, but read about a possible need for a truss rod adjustment? How would you need to adjust it exactly, and how would you know if you needed an adjustment at all? thanks for any tips!
  11. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
  12. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The biggest problem most people have when they put heavier strings on a bass is they don't adjust the truss rod in a way that will prevent it from damaging the neck. But it's easy. Put the strings on and tune to pitch. Then, pre-stress the neck by pulling it back to where it belongs manually and tighten the truss rod. That way you're not attempting to have the TR nut push the neck into position, you're merely setting the nut where it needs to be.

    It's not as complicated as it sounds- Gary Willis used to have a good video of how to do it.

    And Fender Jazz Basses shipped from the factory with 850's up until 1982. They don't make that set any more, but it was bigger than 50-100. Joe Osborn's 1960 Jazz had the same set of LaBella Flats (and they only made one set in those days) for over 20 years and that neck wasn't wrecked.