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Advantages of taperwound B string?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Cantstandsya, Jan 5, 2003.


  1. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    The taper wound and exposed core strings are much easier to properly intonate.

    In fact, IME, they are the only strings that will properly intonate within the saddle travel distance of most bass bridges.


    Chas
     
  2. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I don't like taper wound strings, at all--especially taper wound B strings. They don't sound, or feel right, IMHO. I have yet to play a taper wound B string that didn't feel floopy, or mismatched to the rest of the set.

    I prefer to use TI strings. My .118 Jazz Round and .119 Powerbass low Bs blows away every other B string I've tried. Sound great, feel great, intonate great. The tension matches the rest of the strings, too.

    The stability of the Rockwood necks on my Curbows has a lot to do with the way my B strings sound, I'm sure. BUt, the TIs feel nicer than any exposed core string I've put on them.

    YMMV
     
  3. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    I copied this from an article in BP mag a few years ago on this subject

    TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE
    Yet another design controversy concerns how the windings should be terminated at the bridge end. In the early 1970s, Rotosound introduced a bass string with windings that stopped just before the bridge so the exposed core passed over the saddle, thus improving flexibility and sustain. (Anthony Jackson says he suggested this idea.) Although Rotosound still owns the patent on the exposed-core design, many companies offer "taper-wound" (often erroneously called "taper-core") strings, which may have only a single winding over the saddle. (See page 42) "We originally did that to improve the string's articulation," says Trace Elliot's Mike Markure. "But we've found that taper winding helps intonation a great deal also." Jim D'Addario sharply disagrees with this observation: "A string, in order to divide itself properly into equal vibrating parts in its overtone series, has to be equal in diameter and mass-per-unit-length from one end to the other. So in order to make a taper-wound string almost play in tune, you need to compensate your bridge way out of the equilibrium point. You might get your octave to sound like the 12th-fret harmonic, but in that case some of the other notes will be out of tune." Tim Pfouts of SIT has yet another perspective: "Some people like taper-wound strings, but I think they get sloppy because they don't have as much mass going over the saddle. Taper winding does get the string closer to the pickup, though, which is an advantage."
    The whole article can be found here
    http://archive.bassplayer.com/index.htm
    Click on GEAR and scroll down to the article.
    It's titled " The Controvertial World or String Design"
     
  4. Dont have too much experience, but just put a pair of D'Addario Slow Wounds with a taper end B string. Kind of funny how the article says that Jim D'Addario disagrees when he is selling them now. So far so good with them, and I think the B sounds alright.

    jtbp
     
  5. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    That article was from 1996 so maybe he's rethought his position. Or maybe since he's in the string selling business he'll make them if you want them.
     
  6. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Do you think that the tapered B string works very well(cleaner,more pronounced) on a 5-String MM Stingray Bridge?