Tapes on a Jazz?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Cougmeister, Nov 27, 2012.


  1. Cougmeister

    Cougmeister

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    I have a Fender Deluxe Jazz V (MIM) and Im thinking about trying out some LaBellla Tapewounds on it. Anyone have any experience with this kind of setup?
  2. Silver Blues

    Silver Blues

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    Actually, yes. There was a MIM Jazz (a four-banger) in my local L&M that I got to play with a bit. The thing felt AMAZING and the tone was great. I say go for it.

    Beware though, I was told that La Bella tapes may have some QC issues. YMMV in that regard.

    --Silvie
  3. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

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    Greetings from the North,

    I've been playin with LaBella Tapes for years and never had a problem with them. And yes they go great with Fenders.

    Rezdog
  4. Cougmeister

    Cougmeister

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    Finally bit the bullet and got some labella's on it. They sound great on it so far. Nice clean sound.
  5. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord

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    I have D'Addario Tapewounds on my Squier Standard Precision V (which has two Jazz pickups.) I think it sounds pretty darn good!
  6. pbass2

    pbass2

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    Tapes on a Jazz are great! I always think of the classic Herbie Flowers tracks--great sound.
  7. gobisan

    gobisan

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    Yeah I've been trying to get these tape wound strings to work on my Jazz Bass, I think they're La Bella... They sound great, but I find them quite sticky and slow. Would love to find a slightly thinner/lighter gauge in tape wound. I see Fender do some, but they still look pretty thick
  8. tigerfire

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    I use RS88 tapes on my jazz. Absolutely love it. Smooth to play, with fantastic deep bass and a little bit of growling thunder if you dial it in.
  9. Cougmeister

    Cougmeister

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    If the silk is purple then they're labellas. If not maybe someone else can chime in.
  10. tigerfire

    tigerfire

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    The silk on Rotosounds is yellow I believe.
  11. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord

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    Just fyi, the D'Addario Tapes are gauged 1
    50-105, much like typical rounds. They feel like flatwounds under my lef-hand, and the tension is like a light-gauge roundwound. Really great strings!
  12. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    GHS and D'Addario tapes have much smaller gauges. Definitely worth a try.
  13. Silver Blues

    Silver Blues

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    GHS Tapes are red silk.
    La Bellas are purple.
    Rotos are gold.
    Fender are black.
    D'addario are blue like the Chromes.

    --Silvie

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