Originally Posted by fenderslaper
If you are going to use flats I would stop worrying about wear. I have tape wounds on my fretless and have seen no wear at all.
I'm VERY interested in tapewounds (a flatwound metal string wrapped in a black nylon) I'd like to know which brand you use.
My initial plan (which has changed 20 times
) was to mount nylon tapewounds because 1) I played someone else's P-bass with tapewounds long ago and LOVED the feel, though I can't remember the sound
, 2) I figure the nylon wrap provides maximum protection for the board (I'm worried too much
about that), and 3) black strings LOOK great (wutta dope).
These two YouTube vids give a basic impression of what to expect, but probably not the whole story: D'Addario XL Nylon Tapewound
Man, the tone at first is so dark and so covered/thumpy! I hate it. I want FUNDAMENTAL tone, not
muffled Thump. Garth Fielding says
they provide a wide range of sounds, but he doesn't demonstrate
that. What do you say? Rotosound Tru Bass 88
This video provides a more balanced tone, focused on the fundamental without any roundwound overtones, etc.
How do you
describe your tapewounds?