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Best tapered bass strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Nickthebassist, Feb 28, 2005.


  1. I'm gonna need to use tapered bass strings on my Spector Euro LX5. I like .130 gauges or more. Who is the best manufacturer?
     
  2. Does anyone know?
     
  3. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    LaBella Super Steps are really nice. I picked up a few promo
    sets at NAMM; so far so good..

    Slug
     
  4. We don't get Labella over here.......at least not hwere I live. We only get D'addario, Ernie Ball, Rotosound and Elites. I spose I could order some off the net...
     
  5. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    >>>> Try here:

    www.highlystrung.co.uk

    They show some LaBella sets...I suppose you could have
    them order what you need. The LaBella website shows they
    make these up to .128

    Good Luck
    slug
     
  6. Ok, thanks, a .128 should be heavy enough for me.
     
  7. Hmmm, they don't appear to stock La Bella 5 string sets.
     
  8. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Just FYI, Super Steps are exposed core, not tapered. La Bella Slappers are tapered. Additionally *all* La Bella sets have tapered B strings (Hard Rockin Steels, Deep Talkin bass - even the flats and tapewound).

    Tom
     
  9. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    >>> That's funny...I'm holding a brand new set of
    Super Steps in my hand right now. They are NOT exposed
    core, they are clearly tapered. If you want exposed core,
    take a look at the Rotosound Piano String Design; those
    are exposed core.

    Slug
     
  10. Warwick fit their own black label strings to their 5 string basses, and the B is tapered, so you can check out their sound and feel at a Warwick stockist, and then make your choice. Sound Control in Manchester usually have a large range of Warwicks in stock.
     
  11. I'm using a Spector 5 string though. And I HATE warwick strings....they have a kinda sticky feel to them.
     
  12. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Do your Super Steps look like this?
     

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  13. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.

    >> Look at the drawing on the package. See how the outer
    wrap is "stepped down" as it continues in that fashion toward
    the ball end? That is a "taper" type string or perhaps a varaiation of a taper, you don't see the core wire until it loops around the ball end. Exposed core is like a piano string. Only the center or "core" wire passes over the saddle. Rotosound calls them "Piano String Design".
    Slug
     
  14. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.

    >>>> Precisely. The actual bare core wire of the string does
    not make contact with the saddle. Super Steps actually
    have the core covered by wraps or windings all the way to
    the ball end loop. To me, exposed core means just that;
    the actual round or hex core is unwound and fully exposed at the point where it makes contact with the saddle. Perhaps
    we're both a bit tangled up on the nomenclature.

    Slug
     
  15. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    This is a set of Super Steps I had strung on a Jazz bass. Geez, I didn't anticipate a semantical discussion about exposed core vs. tapered. The picture speaks for itself. Make of it what you will.
     

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  16. jointus

    jointus

    Sep 20, 2003
    SATX
  17. Try www.stringbusters.com they have lots of strings including a vast selection of labella
     
  18. pasco jacorius

    pasco jacorius

    Jan 4, 2010
    La Bella super steps are the best , and they are "exposed" core not taper . Taper look like this (look at the B string) .

    [​IMG]

    This is exposed :

    [​IMG]
     
  19. GOX42

    GOX42

    Sep 28, 2000
    rising sun indiana
    just put a set of DR's (not sure of the kind) for long scale necks on my tune and have a tapered B and E strings and my B string sounded better than it has ever....Tapered is the way i'm goin from now on
     
  20. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I'm sure that this was all figured out 6 years ago or so. :ninja: