Heavy Bottoms?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by stevo, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    (Yes, have fun with the title. In case you wonder, I'm not a member of the big butt club...)

    I'm thinking of trying the strings that have heavy bottoms and light tops. IE, 10 top and the wound strings from an 11 set. My thought is to get more thump and volume from those lower strings. But I'm wondering what the overall balance is like? Anyone use them?
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  2. Howard hughes

    Howard hughes Synchromatic

    Mar 22, 2018
    I don't like big butts and i cannot lie! aha! i got there first! don't like em standard tens on everything. for me i can't get the action as even feeling with heavy bottoms, i like it to feel even under my hand around the 12th fret all across my hand. people might say can you even feel a difference? yes i can! to counter that ide have to lower the action more on the bass side and i don't want that. i don't have my action normal though, i do it by feel not measurements, i want it to feel the same height bass and treble side, i just don't understand why people jack the bass side up? peeeeeace!
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  3. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I use .010-.049 and .010-.052 on a few of the Gibsons and they work out well. I don't really notice a big difference in low end response vs. .010-.046, but the difference in action is definitely there. The low ones wind up not quite so floppy/limp and the action of the highs are unchanged.

    I'm kind of surprised how well the stock .009-.046 gauges are working for me on my Cutlass. The light unwound strings can catch me by surprise in their ease of bending still and they maybe seem a bit more biting sonically than .010s (not necessarily a bad thing on this guitar), but all around I think they work surprisingly well for me.
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Thankfully this wasn't about Kardashians.
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  5. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    That's a big subject...
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  6. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Excellent thoughts - I hadn't thought of the action. I actually might like being able to lower my bass side. But not sure the difference in feel will be desirable.
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Not sure if it's what your looking for .... D'Addario EJ19 Light top , Medium bottom .012 - .056 There for bluegrass style / acoustics but maybe there is something similar out there on the market for you .
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    sorry ... had to come back to this thread @stevo ..... fat bottom girls you make the rock in' world go round
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  9. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    I should have mentioned that I'm thinking of electric strings for my 6119. I currently use standard 10s.
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  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Used this setup for dropped D tuning on one of my guitars. Sounded nice and felt good. The problem was that I had to file the nut to avoid tuning-problems on the bass strings.
    When changing back to regular strings I had to install a new nut.
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  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I wish they would just butt out....
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  12. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    10-52 were my go to strings on my epi les paul
  13. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I figured it was for an electric , just thought I'd throw that out there . Perhaps an email or phone call to D'Addario or other string companies may help . best of luck in the search
  14. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Ernie Ball make Hybrid Slinkys with that idea?

    (Flesh Tuxedo is a good name for a band.)
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  15. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    I play heavy bottoms (GHS TNT) on ALL my solidbodies.

    But not on the Gretsch. On it I play straight 11s. I need the higher tension on the plain strings to offset the shorter scale compared to me longer-scale solids (all Fenders). Plus, I think the heavier plain strings sound less strident with Filtetrons and the hollowbody reacts more to the slightly higher tension.
  16. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Love it!

    Also, Flex Tuxedo. I love word plays for bands.
  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Personally, I think they're a great idea if you habitually play in lower tunings. I would be concerned long term about the additional tension on one side of the neck.
  18. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    According to my news feed, everything seems to be about the Kardashians! :eek:
  19. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    I play 10-52 on my Falcon, my PRS DGT, and my 335. I play 9-46 on everything else. Tried 'em out years ago and never switched back.
  20. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Light top, heavy bottoms work well on my 5129. Like may 51xxs I've read about, mine has almost no relief with no tension on the truss rod. If I use regular 10s I have to crank up the bridge to avoid buzzing at the low frets. With LTHBs I can keep the bridge low and the first and second strings are easy to bend. I didn't notice any effect on string balance, i.e. their relative volumes.
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