6-sting tapewounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HaVIC5, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. HaVIC5


    Aug 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Hey, I was wondering if anybody knew of any 6-string sets of tapewounds. Do they exist?
  2. Psychicpet

    Psychicpet Guest

    Mar 13, 2004
    Friend and Endorsee of Larry
    not entirely sure, Rotosound does a great 5 string set but I think that maybe LaBellas do a 6str. set of tapes.
  3. I have seen six string basses with tapewound sets. They were on the Conklin website, I believe. You may also try to contact:
    I wish you well in your search and hope you find what you are looking for.
  4. MaccaMan1964

    MaccaMan1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    Hi! The best site I've ever seen for strings is www.juststrings.com.

    Their prices are not the best, but their selection and availability is.

    Good luck!

    BTW, I tried a set of 6 string tapewounds on a Roscoe I used to own. They were awesome. I just couldn't get the hang of the fretless neck! Very tough! I believe the ones I used were LaBella.
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    LaBella makes a tapesound 6 string set. I use them on my Brice, they cost almost half what the bass itself cost!!!
  6. I have the La Bellas on my Douglas WEB-846. I like them a lot. (They cost 60% of what I paid for the bass)
  7. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    It might be cheaper to buy a set of 5 string Labella tapewounds from Carvin and then buy the remaining single somewhere else. Carvin sells 4 string sets for $19 and 5 string sets for $25.
  8. T-34

    T-34 Wanna go headless? Supporting Member

    Good luck finding single high C flatwound...
  9. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Well, we're talking about tapewound, not flatwound. If I recall, the Labellas are actually roundwound under the layer of black tape.

    In fact, it's relatively easy to find a tapewound high C. I've done it, which is why I made the suggestion. Check this:


    I also know that it's possible to buy a single Thomastik-Infeld flatwound high C. I'm sure it's possible with at least some other manufacturers as well.
  10. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA

    The tapewounds are actually flatwound strings. Back when I had a 6 string ABG, I used the LaBella tapes, and I did exactly what you just described--ordered 5 string sets from Carvin and then ordered a couple of single high C strings from Juststrings.com (It makes sense to buy a couple since there is a minimum shipping charge). Worked like a charm.

    Finding a six string set of tapes/flats in a store is next to impossible, but it's relatively easy online.
  11. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    That's interesting; I had always heard the opposite. The LaBella catalog isn't specific--it just says "stainless steel wound," which could mean anything. However, I've never actually tried to peek under the wrap of the set I have, so I don't have any personal knowledge either way.

    But no matter. In reference to the original post, getting a 5 string set from Carvin and a single high C from elsewhere is indeed the way to go. You end up paying $36 or so for a 6 string set instead of $66.
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    From what I understand Fender nylon tapewounds are roundwound underneath.
  13. All tapewound strings are roundwound strings wrapped in flat black nylon tape.
  14. I wish I would've known this before. :bawl:


    Apr 4, 2008
    Mill Valley, CA
    I'm curious myself. I asked here before, but I'm wanting to know what strings to get for my Cort Curbow. The ones I have on there sound like they need to be replaced, and I'm thinking I should accentuate the "thump" on the instrument because my other bass is pretty bright...