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black nylon tapewounds on a 5 string - experiences?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by afroblue, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. afroblue


    Oct 25, 2012
    Just got a Squier 5 string VM jazz, arriving within the week. Anyone tried this bass or other 5er with these strings? Impressions? what styles do you play with them.
  2. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    I've had one of my 5ers strung up with tapes for a little while. They take a bit of getting used to (coming off of playing ss rounds), but if that's the sound you want, they'll be fine.
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Bobby Lewis has been playing 6-String Black Nylon tapewounds on his MTD basses. He tears it up.
  4. afroblue


    Oct 25, 2012
    What sounds/styles do you personally use them for?
  5. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    The D'Addario tapes have a KILLER low B string!

    (all the other strings sound great too)
  6. I can't comment on the B, as I have flats on my 5, but I have Roto tapes on my Fury, and they are my absolute favorite sound.

    Depending on your bass, you may need to open up the nut slots a bit. Tapes can be pretty thick.
  7. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    I have one of my Ibanez SRA305's strung with Labella Standard Gauge black tapes. They are becoming my favorite all-round string. The G string doesn't twang. The sustain from string-to-string to me is more even (rather than the G dying off first and the E & B hanging on until next Tuesday). Some folks think the sustain is not sufficient for the lower strings; for what I play, it is just right. The tone and feel is more even from string to string to me as well, as well as seeming to be a tad lighter overall than a standard 45-105 conventional set of rounds. About the only limitation I feel is that they may not be a first choice for pop-and-slap, but I don't do that well, anyway. The B string has surprisingly good articulation and presence. Overall, a very round, present, articulate sound, suitable for most genres, but without edge or twang.
  8. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    LaBella Deep Talkin' on my 34" fretless Synapse - I like 'em.
    B sounds fine to me.
  9. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    When I still had my Les Paul fiver I used GHS 3060s on it. Perfect strings, my favorite of all strings.
  10. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    i strung my yamaha RBX 375 with a set of GHS black nylon tapewounds. The first time i didn't use roundwounds on any of my basses.
    the strings feel smooth and are very quiet compared to rounds. very pleasant!
    allthough they don't have the zing of rounds,they are not muddy or overly thumpy. just mellower and rounder. and they look stunning...

    i play blues and rock tunes as well as modern pop and jazzy stuff with that bass.
    i am very happy with tapewounds and just ordered a 4string set.