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For a Fretless, D'Addario black tape wounds or GHS black tape wounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Alex E, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Alex E

    Alex E

    Mar 2, 2006
    My apologies if this question is overkill, I can find comparisons galore on strings for a Fretless, but I was unable to find specifics on which of the black nylon tape wounds are better: D'Addario vs GHS.

    There are the ONLY TWO I'm researching for now. For those of you who have experience with both of these specific models, I'd like input please.

    Which one of the two give more of the Mwahhh and zing of a Fretless?
  2. Tele295


    Jan 8, 2002
    Ventura, CA
    I've used the GHS, and they're good. The mwah and zing can be more of a question of technique than gear.

    I've not tried the D'addario black tape wounds, but everything except their orchestra strings (bass, cello, viola) have left me cold.
  3. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    I know one of the two brands are not long enough for a string-thru body, can't remember which, though :p
  4. I just bought some D'addario Tapes but havent strung them yet. Talking about my 2 go to string companies here, but I went with the D'addarios because I read that they will fit without modifying the nut.
  5. I didn't like GHS on my fretless - just no zing at all. Dark, muddy and lacking definition is how I'd describe my experience with them.
  6. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    Don't waste your time. Go straight to LaBella Deep Talkin' Bass.
  7. I have to agree, the La Bella strings have the sound and the feel. They can also be ordered from Carvin for 21 bucks, Bonus :)
  8. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    The problem you'll have here is they all last so long no one really experiments with different brands much. I've got the D'addarios on my fretless and they're really very good, nice and full fundamental combined with very quick response, something I could never get with flats.

    The GHS are probably really good too. Big help, I know.
  9. Alex E

    Alex E

    Mar 2, 2006
    Carvin? Tell me more about this $21 deal!

    Thanks to everyone for their input. Knowledge is power.
  10. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    +$10 shipping. Highest cost shipping for a single pack of strings that I've found. Its kinda a misrepresentation to say that they are just $21. But if you did order 100 sets, that $10 would be handy.

  11. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    D'Addario tapes are some of the greatest strings ever created. Probably I'm the top 3 best-ever for me.
  12. Alex E

    Alex E

    Mar 2, 2006
    Thanks for the opinion. You live in Coeur d'Alene! I hope you know how blessed you are. That is great town by a gorgeous lake in a beautiful forest. That part of Idaho is something else.

    I think I probably will go with the D'Addario tapes due to the lower tension than the Labellas...... But now that Labella is making the 105s, that might be a game-changer, if their tension is not too high.
  13. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    The GHS has a 105 E-string.

    The others are 110 E string.

    If your using a Jazz bass or something tighter, the GHS work well.
  14. jmceachern36


    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    I had the D'Addario's and switched to the LaBella's. i found the D'Addario's to not have enough tension for me. The Labella's are thicker physically and also have a thicker sound with more power (or punch?) to my ears. Both strings sounded nice, however, I just like the Labella's better.
  15. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    OK, I know you said this:
    But you also asked this:
    Why have you not considered the Fender 9120M set? Most, if not all, tapewounds are rounds with a relatively flat nylon winding. The 9120M set is the "roundest" feeling and sounding set of tapes I've ever used, and I've tried about five different sets. Plenty of zing and growl. More growl than mwah, but you can get more with super low action if that's your thing.

    Sorry, I had to ignore your first request to get to the zing/growl/mwah factor you asked about.
  16. pnchad

    pnchad Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    +1000 on the LaBellas -all else are copies

    been around forever

    IINM the Fenders ARE LaBellas relabeled (could be wrong)
  17. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    The only tapewounds I've used are D'Addario. They sound great on my P-bass (thump plus some woodiness and zing), but at the same time I found them to be sterile-sounding on my J. They don't come in super long scale, but will just barely fit a string-thru-body bass...at least that was the case with my P, a '98 AmStd.
  18. Alex E

    Alex E

    Mar 2, 2006
    Are Fender tapes high tension? How fat is the E string? I don't want to go higher than .105.
  19. The La Bella's feel awesome... can't remember about the tone, though. It's been a while. :scowl:


    That said, I kind of agree about the Fender tapes, they sound unlike the others and may work well for you. A little growl with your mwah in a fretless is bliss.
  20. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Labella are my first choice followed by Rotosound tape wounds.