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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FUZBOT WANAMKER, Nov 13, 2000.

  1. hey,i have a maple fretless and i was thinking bout using Fender nylon tapewound strings
    anyone know anythang?
  2. Yeah, I used to use them for a while in th elate '80's. Mine were the GHS ones though.

    My recollection of them is that they are similar in tone and feel to flatwound but the tone is maybe a little brighter. I also seem to remember that they hold their tone pretty well (i.e. they don't turn so "dead" sounding as true flats).

    On some basses, the black tapewound strings actually look really cool.

    I wonder how they would work on my Godin fretless. That's a thought. :)
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I used Picato nylon flatwounds for a while on one of my basses, a Gibson EB3. The bass sounds deep and warm, even muddy, with lots of overtones and the nylon flatwounds made it even more so, a bit towards the sound of a miked double bass. As Rob mentioned, they were black & looked cool on the cherry red Gibson. However, looking good gets you compliments, sounding good gets you paid.

    "You black guys would rather look good and lose..." - Woody Harrelson to Wesley Snipes in "White Men Can't Jump."
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I'm currently using Rotosound "Tru Bass" nylon tapewounds
    (the RS 88LD set) on my Rob Allen MB-2 fretless. They're
    gauged 65-75-100-115. The MB-2 usually comes with LaBella
    760N tapewounds. These are fine, just a little too twangy
    for me. I prefer a heavier gauge and the Roto set is
    definately heavy. It still gets that upright sound, but
    with a little more thump.

    Before the Rotos, I DID try the 9120 Fender tapewounds.
    They were fine, but the output wasn't as high as with the
    Rotos OR the LaBellas. It was a good thought to try
    tapewounds with a maple board. I've heard a few bad things
    Re wear on maple (vs ebony). Besides the board, what's
    the rest of your bass like?...pickups, electronics, etc.
    For instance, while I was swappin' the LaBellas for the
    Rotos, I got curious and tried the old strings on my Yamaha
    RBX260F (fretless) "project" with a passive P-type pickup.
    They worked fine. Surprisingly high output, good thump
    and woody tone. BTW...Fender makes an unusual set - 7120's.
    The outer wrap is a ROUND nylon filament (?!?).

    Whatever you choose, http://www.juststrings.com will
    probably have it. I've had good luck dealin' with `em.
    There's also http://getstringscheap.com . Their selection
    ain't as extensive as juststrings, but they are a tad
    cheaper...about $32 for a Thomastik-Infeld 4 string set?
  5. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Hey, if you want to try tapewounds, buy a set of La Bellas from Carvin. That's the cheapest place to get them, like $14 or so. They're pretty cool, and totally different from ordinary rounds or flats.