Stringjoy Heavy Bottom Light Gauge (10-52) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings


Ah, so you like a set of strings that packs a punch, do ya? You like to pick heavy on the bottom but still want to be able to bend up top? Well then, our Heavy Bottom 10s are just the strings for you.

This set addresses the two tension issues that arise in typical 10-52 sets: the 2nd string is too light, and the 5th string is too heavy. We fix the top end by subbing in a .0135 for the typical .013, bringing perfect balance to all the plain strings. Then on bottom, we drop the gauge of the 5th string to a .040 (from the typical .042) to pull everything evenly together down there.

These two tweaks give our Heavy Bottom 10s great balance on both the plain and wound strings, with extra tension on the bottom for heavier players—or just those who are after a thicker bottom end sound.

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What do the P’s and W’s mean?

  • All gauges lighter than .018 are plain steel, all heavier than .026 are nickel wound.
  • On gauges where we overlap, a “p” signifies plain steel, a “w” signifies a wound string.
  • So, if you see a .020w, that’s a wound string. A .020p is a plain string. If it doesn’t have either letter we only offer it as a wound string (if it’s heavier than .026) or a plain steel string (if it’s lighter than .018). Got it? Good.

How long are your strings?

  • All our strings are at least 41″ from ball-end to tip. They’ll fit extended range and baritone guitars no problem.
  • Gauges heavier than .062 have a slight taper at 37″ from the ball end, and can also be unwound to fit into smaller tuning pegs, with a pair of needlenose pliers. If you’re having to do that often, it’s better to have a tech file out your tuning peg.


These are honest reviews of our electric strings in action from real users.
No monetary compensation was provided for these reviews.

To put it simply, fresh strings, made with quality materials and genuine care just sound and play better.

  • Stringjoy guitar strings are made by a small team in the USA, out of all American materials: top quality nickel alloy, hand wound around a high carbon steel core wire.
  • The combination of better materials and more careful craftsmanship creates a more natural-sounding, longer lasting string, without the tone-deadening effects of string coatings.
  • We’re known for our quality control. Our strings are wound in small batches, and we use real human beings at every step of the process: the winding, the coiling, the packing, you name it.
  • Every string is inspected individually before it goes into your set. If anything is wrong with a string, from the way it’s secured around the ball end, through the entire winding, it doesn’t make the cut.

What does a higher quality set of guitar strings mean for you?

✓ Better tuning stability for the life of the string
✓ Longer string life and less breakage, when cared for properly
✓ Smoother, more balanced playability across the neck of the guitar

Our guarantee is what we say it is. If anything does not perform to your satisfaction, return it for a replacement or refund. No hassle, no worries.

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  1. (verified owner)

    These string have been great so far. They didn’t take long to break in, and they sound and feel amazing. Perfect for my strat.

  2. (verified owner)

    I have been playing with Earnie Ball skinny top heavy bottoms for a while now. But I have this guitar tuned to D that just will not intonate properly on the F string no matter what I did. That’s when I came across Stringjoy and the ability to customize sets of strings. I ordered the Heavy Bottom 10 Gauge strings and replaced the .017 plain F string with a .018 wound F string and that solved my intonation problem with my guitar. I am very happy now. I actually want to play this guitar again where before it sat around feeling abandoned and jealous of my other guitars. The strings themselves are high quality and feel very good. They hold tune exceptionally well, leaving me thoroughly impressed. I know who I will be ordering strings from for now on! And I can’t wait to experiment with custom sets in the future. Thank you for an excellent product!

  3. (verified owner)

    Out of all the sifting through different brands and sets of strings, one thing seemed obvious… getting the particular tone and feel I wanted, along with quality and longevity, wasn’t going to happen with anything off of the shelf.

    Once I tried these, I was completely sold. These encompass everything I was looking for, even after 4 months of recording almost every day. I recommend these to anyone who wants to hear more from their guitar.

  4. I’ve always loved the Skinny Top / Heavy Bottom deal but when I went to Stringjoy I thought about switching it up since they do custom strings and all. I got cold feet and went with what I know. NO REGRETS.

    These strings are AWESOME. can’t put my finger on what makes them different but they just have so much more output than anything I’ve played before. Also, thanks for the handwritten note, it’s so cool to see how much you care about your customers.

  5. These were my first Stringjoy purchase, never tried em before. I got em and liked the tone, but I wanted something different from the .017. Scott told me to try a .018 would and sent one to me. That did it. Happy to have my own custom set now.

  6. Silky smooth on top, meaty as hell on the bottom. What more could a man want (other than a hot meal maybe). I dig these strings—yeah, you can get strings for cheaper, but they don;t get any better than this. Thank you guys, keep up the good work!

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How much does shipping cost?

All US orders ship free, so long as they’re over $8. Alaska and Hawaii too. Simple as that. No tax (except for our fellow TN residents), no extra handling charges, nothing.

We do ship internationally as well, though unfortunately we can’t do it for free. There’s some more info on all that at the bottom of this tab.

How long will it take for my order to ship?

All string and pick orders ship within 2 business days, most within 1 business day (Monday – Friday, minus postal holidays). We want to get your gear out as quickly as possible, but we will not rush the process.

The most important thing to us is that everything in your order is perfect, and that’s why we take the time to put together and inspect each individual order by hand.

Do you ship outside of the US?

We’ll ship most anywhere in the world. Our site will automatically calculate the shipping costs on the checkout page. Typically, when shipping internationally it’s best to order a few things at a time to better spread out the shipping cost over the whole order, rather than paying to ship one set of strings halfway across the world.

Due to the wealth of country tax and tariff codes, any import duties or fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.

International orders can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks to arrive. We will ship every order with a tracking code, but not all countries update the tracking once the package arrives in its destination country. But as always, if you have any trouble with your order, we’re here to help.

Questions? Email us!