Black flatwounds?

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  1. LJVSK

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    Does anyone make a set of black flatwounds. If so, have you used them and how did they sound and feel and are they durable?

    I want to try some flatwounds on my TBird but I don't want to loose the look of my bass, currently strung up with a set of DR Black Beauties med. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1394672109.929380.jpg
     
  2. Duckwater

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    You mean nylon tapewound strings? They have a warm and thumpy sound but they are pretty much all roundwounds under the nylon wrap.

    D'addario, Labella, and Rotosound make great ones
     
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    Nylon tape wound is as close as I'm aware of.
     
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    I can only assume that the coating that's on the Black Beauties won't last on flatwounds then. But it doesn't make sense why no one is doing tape wound on flatwounds?

    I just started using Fender SS flat wounds on another bass and I really like the feel. I want to hear them on my TBird and might swap them just for the experience. Is there a black tape wound out there that'll feel as smooth as the Fenders flatwounds I've got?
     
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    I really liked d'addario's tape wounds when I had them on my hofner icon (maybe a year ago). They both sound and feel a bit duller, in a good way, than any flat wound I've played. They were very mellow with not a lot of sustain if I recall.

    And there's no harm in trying them out. If you don't like them someone will take them in the classifieds.
     
  7. Carl_D

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    Very different animals..... Coated rounds Vs Nylon tapes. Opposite ends of the tonal spectrum. Do a bit more research before you sink your $$$ into a set of Nylon tapes. Just make sure it's the sound you're after.
     
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    To be clear, nylon tapewounds are flats, even if wound over rounds. So they are sometimes even smoother than flat wound metal strings.
     
  9. LJVSK

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    Thanks for the clarification. Much appreciated!
     
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    GHS Tapewounds are groundwound under the nylon tape (with the exception of the G string), which is the closest thing to having flats under there that is available.


    And usually have a mellower sound than just regular flatwound strings, since the nylon has a greater tonal effect than just the roundwound underneath.
     
  11. LJVSK

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    Thanks! More great info, OBM!
     

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