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Isn't 50-110 considered heavy?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by moopants, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. moopants


    Oct 21, 2006
    Lake Charles, LA
    I bought a pack of Curt Mangan 50-110s and they're "medium", but I always thought 45-105 was medium in other brands. Am I right?
  2. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    Each brand uses it's own nomenclature...
  3. Mr. Mig

    Mr. Mig

    Sep 7, 2008
    Depends on who makes them.
  4. I consider 105 heavy. 100 to me is medium and 95 is light.

    But I hate heavy strings (not by choice).
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I think 40-100 is light, 45-105 is medium light so 50-110 just could be medium.
  6. moopants


    Oct 21, 2006
    Lake Charles, LA
    I'd consider 50-110 heavy, but it's whatever.
  7. markdavid


    Jun 29, 2007
    yes 50-110 is heavy , most people use gauges like this for downtuning. For me 105-45 feels plenty heavy with standard tuning
  8. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    It all depends on who's coming up with the terminology. That's why I always asked people what exactly they wanted. D'Addario's medium is 50/70/85/105 and their lights are 45/65/80/100 (and BTW so are Ernie Balls). But LaBella's Old Original set used a 55-110 for their medium set.

  9. That's heavy to me. Then again, there's a great deal of opinions on that.
  10. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    That ain't heavy.

    I play 75-130's with a 163 low B. They are made from suspension bridge cables, and my truss rod is made out of a highway overpass "I" beam.

    :bassist: :D
  11. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  12. rhapbus


    Feb 28, 2009
    *** 75 thats my heavy d string god what kind of strings do you have
  13. I think 45105 sets are usually deemed medium - I use 50110 on my SR for DGCF.
  14. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    They are construction grade strings. You can't find them at a music store. I usually order them online from US Steel. They are custom made by Cables'R'Us. They are neither roundwound nor flats. They are twisted steel.

    They are a bitch to install as they have no ball end to them. You have to set them in concrete and let it harden on the bass. Then to string them up, I have a friend who lets me borrow his truck winch and we stretch them and weld them to the other end.

    I tune them with some spare steel plates which I weld to them at various intervals...which is kind of hit or miss.

    They are really difficult to play with fingers, so I use a hammer instead of a pick. Everyone here talks about sticky strings...try playing strings with rust on them!

    Oh, and the gauges aren't in mm. They are in inches (75-130 and a 163 low B), so my G string is 3/4" thick. :D

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