"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk about bass strings."
In this case, we're talking about LaBella's 750C Copper White Nylon Tapewound set which is part of their Deep Talkin' string family.
For the record, I'm going to have to confess I was never much a fan of tapewound strings.Although I've heard many other bassists say great things about them over the years, I've generally found them to be dull and undistinguished in the tone department. To me they sounded like a set of flats that had finally reached the point where they needed to be replaced. And for someone who routinely leaves my flats on my basses for over five years, that's saying something.
Enter LaBella copper white nylons. In a word these things have a beautiful sound. Plenty of complex mids with a hint of highs on the top, and a creamy smooth low end. You can get a sweet jazzy smooth tone out of them, or dig in and get a pleasent bit of snap on the top. All in a ll a very versatile string set that's (IMO) perfect for jazz, rock, classic rock, or blues. I've currently got them on a three year old Squier Classic Vibe PB retrofitted with a Klein 60's Epic pickup, and it gets that sometimes elusive classic PB sort of sound you listen for in a vintage Precision. The fact I can come so close to that with a $350 bass just makes it that much sweeter.
Gauges are a a little unusual for a "light" set (.050-.065-.085-.105) But the slight extra bulk isn't noticeable since the tension is firm but not high. Definitely less tension than the Chromes I took off. Despite that (and much to my surprise) a truss rod adjustment wasn't needed. Intonation was spot on as well when checked with a Sonic Research ST-300. So props to the Squier/Fender hi-mass bridge they're using. That thing apparently doesn't move unless you manually adjust it.