View Poll Results: Gibson L5 (no others archtops) string choice.

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  • thomastik bebop

    8 14.55%
  • thomastik benson rounds

    3 5.45%
  • thomastik benson flats

    8 14.55%
  • thomastik swing series

    23 41.82%
  • pyramid flatwounds vintage

    0 0%
  • pyramid nickel or stand jazz

    0 0%
  • labella flatwounds

    2 3.64%
  • labella nylon

    0 0%
  • d’addario chromes 11-50

    1 1.82%
  • d’addario chromes 12-52

    3 5.45%
  • d’addario chromes 13-56

    0 0%
  • Dr flatwound legends

    0 0%
  • john pearse roundwounds

    0 0%
  • sit flatwounds

    0 0%
  • ghs flatwound

    0 0%
  • ghs pat martino

    0 0%
  • d’angelico electrozinc

    0 0%
  • benedetto roundwounds

    0 0%
  • newtone strings

    1 1.82%
  • rotosound 200 flatwound

    0 0%
  • d’addario half-rounds

    1 1.82%
  • d’addario pure nickel

    1 1.82%
  • ernie ball rounds

    1 1.82%
  • dogal jazz expressive

    0 0%
  • black diamonds

    0 0%
  • elixir nanoweb

    1 1.82%
  • d’addario regular 12-52

    2 3.64%
  • galli strings

    0 0%
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  1. #1
    What brand and gauge do you use for the electric L5 version?
    !!!!!No other guitars, just L5 Ces ,Wes,Ct!!!!So please be on topic.
    If you have another model please don’t vote.
    Specify your string gauge, or if you are using other brands.
    Last edited by archtopdream63; 11-30-2019 at 02:16 PM.

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    thomastik benson flats, 14s. I recently tried changing it up a bit with thomastic swing 13s then John Pearse rounds but have circled back round to the thomastik benson flats. They just seem to make my L5 Wesmo sound its "best"...to me.

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    I have two L-5's (WESMO and a CES). I used to use TI Swing 13's, but a couple of years ago I switched to TI Swing 12's due to finger discomfort. On the next string change I will be going to TI Swing 11's for the same reason. I am glad that there is a TI Swing 10 set, one day I may need them. So long as I am able to play, the L-5's ain't going anywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    I have two L-5's (WESMO and a CES). I used to use TI Swing 13's, but a couple of years ago I switched to TI Swing 12's due to finger discomfort. On the next string change I will be going to TI Swing 11's for the same reason. I am glad that there is a TI Swing 10 set, one day I may need them. So long as I am able to play, the L-5's ain't going anywhere!

    sorry about the finger pain..what a drag...but glad you are willing to adapt/adapting....the thom js 10-44 are fine strings...they still can thunk...and with judicious use of guitar and amp controls can be made to sound wonderful...and with an altered lighter touch..(which is not necessarily a bad thing!)...good tones can be had

    luck

    cheers

    ps. always liked the thom js 11's as well...close to the old classic (now gone) d'aquisto 11's that jim hall used!! but softer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    sorry about the finger pain..what a drag...but glad you are willing to adapt/adapting....the thom js 10-44 are fine strings...they still can thunk...and with judicious use of guitar and amp controls can be made to sound wonderful...and with an altered lighter touch..(which is not necessarily a bad thing!)...good tones can be had

    luck

    cheers

    ps. always liked the thom js 11's as well...close to the old classic (now gone) d'aquisto 11's that jim hall used!! but softer!
    Thanks Neatomic!

    Getting old is a drag, but it sure beats the alternative!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger

    Getting old is a drag, but it sure beats the alternative!
    and may we never see the day it don't!

    cheers

  8. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    I have two L-5's (WESMO and a CES). I used to use TI Swing 13's, but a couple of years ago I switched to TI Swing 12's due to finger discomfort. On the next string change I will be going to TI Swing 11's for the same reason. I am glad that there is a TI Swing 10 set, one day I may need them. So long as I am able to play, the L-5's ain't going anywhere!
    what do you prefer, Wes or Ces?

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    Accidentally voted for "Thomasik BeBops". I actually use "Swings" 13s, on my WesMo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archtopdream63
    what do you prefer, Wes or Ces?
    When I first got the CES, she became my favorite, but now that I have had both for awhile and used both on many gigs, I have no preference. They are both amazing guitars,

    Only a Gibson is good enough.

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    Gibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-5bbdfefa-fbc7-4c85-b08d-dacdc8e6a979-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-b6e7a98a-ce32-481f-9f50-5f6876239386-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-72fac801-a7a1-4c76-9317-4e30b384b34c-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-96bfb5dc-7c68-4d9b-b3c3-a7c55bea7aa8-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-62b11ded-dcd8-4682-bf4f-a09c6f77a74f-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-4fe82d33-938b-4bdb-ab74-3b346ac4b9f0-jpg

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    Well... that about says it all. Nice Vin.
    I think my L5 Wes will have TI Jazz Swing 13’s.
    I didn’t like 13’s until I put them on the Campellone. Now I wonder why I’ve been a sissy all these years..
    JD

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    I use TI JS 13s. Love ‘em on mine.

    Roli

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Gibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-5bbdfefa-fbc7-4c85-b08d-dacdc8e6a979-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-b6e7a98a-ce32-481f-9f50-5f6876239386-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-72fac801-a7a1-4c76-9317-4e30b384b34c-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-96bfb5dc-7c68-4d9b-b3c3-a7c55bea7aa8-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-62b11ded-dcd8-4682-bf4f-a09c6f77a74f-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-4fe82d33-938b-4bdb-ab74-3b346ac4b9f0-jpg
    strings? bah, who cares, look at the back of that thing! love the irregular figuring on the back.

    since my old stash of D'Aquisto nickel plated rounds dried up [13-52 were my favorite gauge] lately I've just been going back and forth between D'Addario nickel plated 13-56rounds and their pure nickels, same gauge on my L-5s and Super 400s. Need to experiment some more though...

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    I use 12-14-18 Elixir single strings in combination with 30-40-50 D Addario chromes on my L5CT. A bit odd combination I do not like the wound 3rd

  16. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    When I first got the CES, she became my favorite, but now that I have had both for awhile and used both on many gigs, I have no preference. They are both amazing guitars,

    Only a Gibson is good enough.
    what difference between those 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archtopdream63
    what difference between those 2?
    A pickup and a brace. The WESMO is brighter with a more acoustic tone. The CES is fatter and darker and has more tonal options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    A pickup and a brace. The WESMO is brighter with a more acoustic tone. The CES is fatter and darker and has more tonal options.
    Where / what type of brace ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    Where / what type of brace ?
    The WESMO has one less brace under the top.

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    TI Swings 13’s on my L5 CES. This guitar plays and sounds like nothing I’ve ever played before. These strings contribute to that.

    Gibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-2fc662a9-0be1-48e2-8a3a-ed17332246bd-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-23e20506-1767-484d-a631-1d8a83b28856-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-522bdaca-fd79-4fe2-89f8-26fb573f2a09-jpgGibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-ad304d61-6ab2-4b99-9f76-bb7f24723909-jpg

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    Thomastik Benson flats, 14s.

    Gibson L5 Ces, Wes, Ct -   no other archtops - strings choice-d238f449-1835-4935-91a1-81f9b423e92f-jpg

  22. #21
    I’m still using from ages 13 17 23 31 41 52.

    Newtone signature set. Amazing strings, perfect for my L5 Ces.

  23. #22
    any other strings experiment with the L5?

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    for ages i used regular TI Swing JS13 sets on my L5 CES, about a couple of years ago i started replacing the high e with a .014 Elixir, when the b starts sounding weak i also replace it with an Elixir string (.017).