Black Coated Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by rock_llama, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. i am considering putting some of those new black coated strings on my bass, because they will go with my black harware and finish, but has anyone tried them at all? which ones would people recommend? is there any real benefit besides look?
  2. i have put on the a Labella 5 string set of them, and i like them.

    their sound is less metallic than your average string, has good low end and adequate high end.

    they have a funny texture which is wierd when sliding, but in a good way

    IMO the way they make the bass look really good is just icing on the cake. and be prepared for everyone who sees them to ask questions!
  3. masaru


    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    I put a set of black Greco's on my JetGlo Ric 4001 and it looks pretty sharp. They sound decent enough, too.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Way back, I tried Picato and Fender Tapewounds. They were too "thumpy" for me, like an upright bass and my fingers kind of dragged on the dry feel of them.

    DR Strings just came out with "Black Beauties" an extra life, black-coated, string.
  5. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    They last a long time.

    As mentioned, DR Black Beauties just hit the streets. There's also Black Diamond black coated.

  6. The Labella 760n are magic..gentle but powerful. I have also ordered a couple of sets of Fender filament wound strings, of which I hear groovy things.

    They last, they don't hurt your fingerboard on fretless and they sound sweet.

    But looking cool is the worst reason to choose strings!
  7. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    This thread seems a bit confusing. Judging by the first post, rock llama is interested in black coated ROUNDWOUNDS - not tapewounds which is a whole other thing.
  8. Well, from what I have read (on, LaBella Black Nylon Tapewounds (which I have and am happy with) are actually ROUNDWOUNDS wrapped in black tape. If you unravel the tape, they look and sound just like real Roundwounds. I could be wrong though... I've never heard of black-coated Roundwounds.

    I have had mine for a year now and they seem fine, but how much longer do think they will last?

  9. stuie86


    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    i think you should have changed them out awhile ago

    i wont let mine go for more then 6 months... if they last that long.

    but thats just me
  10. OK, I'll try changing them soon then. Thanks, man. Carvin has them for cheap, by the way. Here's the link:

    Too bad I found out that they had them for cheaper after I had already bought them from I had to pay $50 w/ shipping, and you had to buy the B-string seperately. Oh, well, now I know where to get them from now on...
  11. My LaBella 760n set has only been on for a year. I expect to get another two or three years service out of them before they need changing.