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For black tapewound flats users - comparison among brands?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bherman, Jan 5, 2012.


  1. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Hi all - I currently use LaBella deep talking black tapewounds, need a backup set and am curious about the comparison between GHS, Da'Adarrio and La Bellas.

    Love the LaBellas but GHS are quite a bit cheaper.

    Anyone with experience comparing these three strings?

    BTW, am using them on a P-bass and also a fretless G&L ASAT bass.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    There are also Rotosound Black Nylon Tapes.

    From what I think, they go brightest to thumpiest in this order:

    LaBella
    D'Addario
    GHS
    Rotosound

    I havent used the Fender tapewounds yet, and I have a set of their older more rigid style tapewounds on my desk waiting for me to try on my P as well...
     
  3. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Jason, should have known you'd pitch in on this thread! Just so I am clear, are you saying that LaBellas are brightest and Rotos the thumpiest?
     
  4. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've tried those and the Fender...I'll stick with Labella.

    Carvin sells the 4 string set of Labella tapes $21 on their website.
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Fenders are pretty bright, too. I was really shocked that they sounded like rounds with a plastic coating on them. I was expecting them to be more like Rotos when I first got them. OTOH, it made me realize that tapewounds aren't for me regardless...too thick...I like my wuss gauges ;)
     
  6. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    From my experience at least... yes.
     
  7. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Thx - I've ordered 2 sets of LaBellas from you and like them but thought that I'd see what others thought about the alternatives....
     
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Sorry, hope you don't feel I was getting in the way!
     
  9. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Jimmy - fwiw, I was surprised when Jason put the LaBellas at the top of the list for "bright" strings. I always use flats (don't like the zingy sound of rounds) and found the LaBella tapes to sound really warm and mellow - on my fretless they can get a bit close to an upright sound (close, but no cigar). The Rotos, etc must be really dark sounding.

    They definitely are thicker (which I like) as I have found most flats to be too thin for my tastes. BTW, no such thing as wuss gauges - to each his own!
     
  10. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Not at all, your input is always on the mark and valued....especially if you have had experience with the other brands by comparison.
     
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I have pealed the Black Nylon off a few different brands and I was surprised by the findings.

    One of them I was told were a certain way under the tape, but ended up being a different way...

    At NAMM I am going to talk with them about my findings and see if its OK to post on mysite... Not sure how sensitive they are about that stuff...
     
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Which is weird, as the Roto's are steel round(Swing 66's, seemingly) under the tape. They sound really warm and woody though.

    Also, Daddario and GHS do the wussy guages.


    The Fenders are a little weird to me, almost more brittle, and you can easily feel the windings... sound great though.
     
  13. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Thanks, sounds like I should stick with the LaBellas.

    Jimmy, sounds like the GHS tapes might work for you - lighter gauge. They're pretty cheap, so might be worth a try if you are still curious about tapewounds. Sounds like the Fenders are just wierd.

    I have yet to find a set of strings that sounds better on my Precision bass than the LaBella tapes. Really beautiful sounding strings (IMO).
     
  14. HuncTuCaveto

    HuncTuCaveto

    Jul 31, 2010
    DC
    How does tension differ between the previously mentioned sets? Specifically, which is lowest??
     
  15. I can only speak for my self. I had a set of rotosound tapewounds on a stock Ibanez jet king and they were very thumpy! I then istalled a set on a custom Ibanez Mikro fitted with a fender 62p pickup and them seem very bright and punchy. Really wish they would dull out some.
     
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, they are (these are the old Fender tapewounds, not the new ones...don't know if there are any differences, but it doesn't sound like it from what I've heard). I guess some might get into them but I didn't. I think I'm done with tapewounds, though. Flats work well enough for me.
     
  17. Luckie

    Luckie

    Jan 1, 2010
    Northfield MN
    I can't speak for other tapes, but my GHS 3060s are low tension, with great thump and rich harmonic content.
     
  18. The main reason why I got rid of my Fender 9120 strings was the low tension. Also, I found them a bit too bright, loved the gauge though!
     
  19. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Is the low B on the LaBellas tapered like all their other Bs?
     
  20. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I don't know, I play a 4, but I will bet that Jason would know (bassstringsonline)
     

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