Cons - Set not quite balanced but it seems intentional. G string almost seems like a round while the rest are flats, its the only string that sounds good slapping.
I really enjoy these strings. I'm using them on a Peavey frankenbass for Gigs that require a more mellow tone. I like that they aren't a "one trick pony", I was able to get good thump out of them and opening up the tone showed a lot more bite than I expected from tapes. All in all very pleased.
never tried tapewounds before these ... interesting feel/sound . I was looking for something rather mellow and different than your normal flats. ( Ti ) these are wrapped around the GHS ground/half wounds .. they have their reasons at their site , which made sense . My other basses have GHS Pessurewounds and i wanted something different . They work fine for that .!
I used these on an Epiphone El Capitan 5 fretless, which turned out to be a match made in Heaven. Very smooth, with a truly deep richness. Worked great running direct in acoustic band settings. Note were clear and distinct, even in the low first position. the money tone was around the ninth to 12th feet area. These are probably the best sounding strings I have ever tried on a ABG.
The only issue I had was installing the "B" string, which unraveled during installation. GHS quickly replaced it for me, but use caution when installing these strings.
A side note, the Customer Service Agent at GHS who helped me informed me that these strings (black nylon tapes) are there only GHS labeled string that are not manufactured by GHS.
Pros - Flexible, versatile sounding strings, inexpensive, beautiful looking strings, especially on a maple fretboard
Cons - Requires more neck relief, can be very floppy, clangy. Requires to play in a much different approach.
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Since these were being discontinued, I decided to purchase the set before they became rare and expensive. They, along with the Fender Black Nylon sets are the most affordable you can find, and as of the posting of this video, can still be found on various websites like bassstringsonline.com, juststrings.com, elderly.com, and even on e-bay and Amazon (both .com and .ca)
They are very smooth to the touch, quite slinky, or flexible, they're pretty to look at, look great as a contrast to a maple fretboard, and they sound pretty swell, at least with the first impression IMHO. Available only in long (34") scale, the silks are nice and solid, and will mostly conform to top-loading type basses (especially Fender derivatives).
In summary, I do like these strings, they provide a useful alternative to flatwound strings (my usual bass string type), and they also provide a fair amount of top-end and dynamic sounding accents when needed. Even though they reportedly are supposed to make an electric bass sound closer to a double bass, I have yet to develop the technique to take advantage of that.
Keep in mind, if you're coming from flatwound strings (especially steel, but nickel-wrapped also applies) the far more flexible strings will require you to re-adjust your truss rod. As a result, my usually low action I've gotten by using GHS Precision flats had to be raised to accommodate the wider amplitude these strings vibrate at, that can cause rattling, clanginess and fret buzz in the upper frets.
I do recommend these strings for the following reasons to any bassist, newbie or pro:
1) Inexpensive (for the time being)
2) The are versatile, easy to play with their flexibility and easily modified sound. They aren't quite as deep sounding as flatwounds, but they have a lot more upper-register presence without sounding overdriven and springy, as is usually the case with roundwound strings.
3) Pretty to look at
4) No finger-noise, can be made to sound very mellow
5) Easy to install, smooth, and unlike many other nylon-wound strings, aren't overly thick, so very little to no nut filing is involved in installing them (they are 50 to 105s, much like most bass string sets) If your bass previously had those gauges, chances are very good you won't need to re-intonate the bridge.
There are some cons to these strings, mainly that their flexibility does hamper the low-end somewhat (they are not terribly thumpy) and that it does require you to raise the action to accommodate for the decreased tension. These strings might also be difficult to see over an ebony or dark rosewood fretboard, but that's certainly not a deal-breaker.
These strings also require you to play differently and perhaps even use a different amplification setup. Since these are nylon covered, there might be some audible hum from the lack of grounding from you, the player. There are some ways around that, of course.
Feel free to add questions, comments, and suggestions in the comments section. Thanks for watching!