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    Hello
    what brand of string and tension suiting your wes montgomery L5?
    What kind of setup do you have on it (relief, bridge action etc)
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    Thomastik-Infeld JS113 Jazz Swing Flat 0.013-0.053 gauge strings.

    These have great feel, reasonable tention, beautiful sound, and they don't feel wimpy. Nothing fouls up an L5 quicker than a skinny set of .010-gauge strings.

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    I've owned a couple of L5s but not at the moment, as I switched to LeGrands.

    Dimensions are almost the same (scale length, head stock, neck, body - although slightly thinner).

    I have always gone for a straight, flat fret board with action "as low as it can go without buzzing". For strings I use Thomastik Infeld George Benson roundwounds 12-53 or I may substitute a few strings with slightly lighter gauges. juststrings.com has individual Thomastik Infeld strings so that you can build a custom set. I should have done that a long time ago.

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    seems to be too dull with thomastik js113.
    In my opinion thomastik has left their quality during the years.
    Maybe I would try a fret job and recrowning.

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    Yeah, flat wounds are inherently dull. That's fixed, a given, non-negotiable - relative to round wounds.


    The trade-off of course is finger squeaks, but a lot of that (not all) can be managed with technique.

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    L-5s seem to do quite well with thomastiks. Gb-112 seem to work about the best on mine. Used to use the JS-113 change out b-e to 12-16 but the GBs although stupid money work well. I've tried all of the makers strings, I like nickel best and always end up with thomastik on a L-5

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    I really miss the seg900ml (sonomatic) gibson.
    Best strings ever made for archtops, out of production.

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    On my WESMO, the neck is straight, the action is low and I use TI Flats (I like the tone of flats). I used to use 13's but age has forced me to switch to 12's.
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    I prefer the Flats' sound also on my L5 CES, presently. I used to have round wounds, to play some "blues", but they were too lively for a "jazz" sound. Neck straight.

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    I’m ordering 3 sets of newtone archtop strings 12/53. Let’s see what happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone View Post
    Thomastik-Infeld JS113 Jazz Swing Flat 0.013-0.053 gauge strings.

    These have great feel, reasonable tention, beautiful sound, and they don't feel wimpy. Nothing fouls up an L5 quicker than a skinny set of .010-gauge strings.
    In the past, gibson sonomatic works best or..
    d’angelico electrozinc 12/52 (not cheap).
    amazing strings, lots of volume, but die pretty quickly, and became spotted.

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    If you think JS113 strings sound dull, have you tried TI BeBop strings? They don't sound dull at all.

    I use them on my acoustic, carved archtop with a floating pickup. These strings are just terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy21 View Post
    I’m ordering 3 sets of newtone archtop strings 12/53. Let’s see what happen
    New tones are nice still nickel. Double wrap is double tension and in spite of what new tone says the finger noise is typical of a wound string. Worth a try though. Good luck. Post impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone View Post
    If you think JS113 strings sound dull, have you tried TI BeBop strings? They don't sound dull at all.

    I use them on my acoustic, carved archtop with a floating pickup. These strings are just terrific.
    Hi greentone how are you?
    Yes, I had Bb113 on my gibsons.
    Nice but I need more tension, because I have just a little neck relief.
    Newtone seem to be the same string, like thomastik at half of the price.

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    I used TI Bebops, a .012 set for a long time on my CES. Before that I used D’Addario half rounds, a .013 set. I liked both of them very much for different reasons. When I got the guitar I put .013 TI Swings on. They sounded good but as they got older I didn’t think the sound was exactly what I wanted, which was a surprise since on other guitars old Swings always sounded good. A little too dead and not very dynamic.

    Now I’m using a set I cobbled together of Chromes. .014 and .018 on E and B and the rest is from a .013 set. I find this suits the guitar very well and on top of that lets me get some really low action with no buzz. The Chromes have aged better than the Swings since they are brighter, the string balance is better than nickel and I am very happy with the sound.

    So between those three that I liked, I obviously prefer the Chromes since that’s what I’m currently using but I’d say any of them would sound good to me. Ironically I have never liked Chromes on other guitars and have liked Swings on other guitars but that seems reversed here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rio View Post
    I used TI Bebops, a .012 set for a long time on my CES. Before that I used D’Addario half rounds, a .013 set. I liked both of them very much for different reasons. When I got the guitar I put .013 TI Swings on. They sounded good but as they got older I didn’t think the sound was exactly what I wanted, which was a surprise since on other guitars old Swings always sounded good. A little too dead and not very dynamic.

    Now I’m using a set I cobbled together of Chromes. .014 and .018 on E and B and the rest is from a .013 set. I find this suits the guitar very well and on top of that lets me get some really low action with no buzz. The Chromes have aged better than the Swings since they are brighter, the string balance is better than nickel and I am very happy with the sound.

    So between those three that I liked, I obviously prefer the Chromes since that’s what I’m currently using but I’d say any of them would sound good to me. Ironically I have never liked Chromes on other guitars and have liked Swings on other guitars but that seems reversed here.


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    interesting thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rio View Post
    I used TI Bebops, a .012 set for a long time on my CES. Before that I used D’Addario half rounds, a .013 set. I liked both of them very much for different reasons. When I got the guitar I put .013 TI Swings on. They sounded good but as they got older I didn’t think the sound was exactly what I wanted, which was a surprise since on other guitars old Swings always sounded good. A little too dead and not very dynamic.

    Now I’m using a set I cobbled together of Chromes. .014 and .018 on E and B and the rest is from a .013 set. I find this suits the guitar very well and on top of that lets me get some really low action with no buzz. The Chromes have aged better than the Swings since they are brighter, the string balance is better than nickel and I am very happy with the sound.

    So between those three that I liked, I obviously prefer the Chromes since that’s what I’m currently using but I’d say any of them would sound good to me. Ironically I have never liked Chromes on other guitars and have liked Swings on other guitars but that seems reversed here.


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    so you thing higher string tension might help?
    how about the attack and sustain?

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    TI Benson 13s on my WesMo. Perfect.
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