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Sadowsky: black vs blue label

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Chef, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    So, who makes 'em, and what's the diff b/t black and blue label?

    I think my Lakland JO5 came to me with Sadowsky stainless rounds...grey wraps at the tuner, and I think a small amount of taper at each end of both B and E...sound right? Nice strings, I'd like to replace them with same, when I do...
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    Sadowsky strings are only tapered on the B, and only the black labels are available in extra-long. If the silk is black, with tapered B and E they are probably labella hard rockin steels.
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    I believe LaBella makes them for Sadowsky, but they're to Sadowsky's specs so they're different from what LaBella puts out.

    The difference I've noticed, and I've only tried the stainless steels, is the Blue Labels are slinkier and smoother to the touch. The Black Labels remind me of DR High Beams more so. Nino would probably know more about them.
  4. stretchcat

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    My experience is limited to steel strings.

    The tension is lower on the Blue Label strings than on the Black Label. Both strings seem smoother than DR Hi Beams in my experience. I prefer the Blue Labels personally, but they are all great string choices.

    Also, they are made by R Cocco, FWIW.
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    Did Sadowsky change their supplier?
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  7. Jeb

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    Bump this one for a queston. I've read everything on this forum about these strings and can't find one post or anything on the internet in general that says if the Blue labels are flatwound or roundwound? Every other comparison has been made except that one. ??? Thanks.
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    I don't believe there are blue flats.
    you could visit the Sadowsky webstore for an easy answer ;)
  9. SLaPiNFuNK

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    Black Label Sadowsky strings are available in both Round Wound and Flatwounds. The Round Wounds are bright and higher tension than the Blue Label strings which are not as bright and less tension than the Black Label rounds. Both Black and Blue Label Rounds feature Tapered B strings.
  10. Jeb

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    There is no clear indication on the sadowsky site as to whether the blue labels are flat or roundwound. I'm going to assume that they come in round wound only. That was my question. What about the Tapered B string? Does that work on the Fender American Std 5 string thru body bridges?
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    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Blue Labels are available in either Nickel Plated Steel Round Wounds or Stainless Steel Round Wounds only. Blue Labels are NOT available in Flat Wounds...
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    Thanks! Do you know if the tapered B is the right scale length for the Fender STB 5 strings? Will it work with either the black or blue labels? Thanks again
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    I am not sure the length required for your fender with thru body. I have seen them fit some but not all.
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    The taper will not fit a through body Fender 5 string. It wasn't for my American standard, anyway. That one had to be strung through bridge only.
  15. pickles

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    For the through body basses try lakland strings or DR longnecks if you want taper core.
  16. Jeb

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    Thanks for the info. Why won't the tapered Sadowsky B strings work on a Fender through body bridge? I noticed on the bassstringsonline site (great site btw) there is a note that the black label taper b won't work on STB bridges? Bummer, wanted to try those. What about the blue labels, STB OK with the tapered B? I mean I don't really need to go with the taper if I string through the top, and surely will lose a ferrule at some point!
  17. maurilio

    maurilio Musician/tech at Mo's Shop and Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    I have here at the shop a 2012 V dlx with sad blue and the taper fit just barely… I don't know how consistent are those instruments, tho…

    M
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    Realizing this post quoted is 4.5 years old and was likely to be correct then, I just wanted to state that you can get XL Blue labels these days.
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