Fretless J Bass with HG Thor treated (epoxy) coated fingerboard

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by David Sutkin, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. David Sutkin

    David Sutkin “Bass Upfront” Founder Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey all,

    I recently bought a used MIA Jazz bass and what attracted me to the bass was that the previous owner had an HG Thor epoxy coating done on the neck. I had been thinking about getting this done on another fretless J bass that I own but the wait to have HG Thor do the treatment is currently 4 YEARS OUT!!! ... that's crazy.

    Anyway, I was so psyched to open the box and plug her in and when I did, the sound of the strings was super dull and lifeless, what a bummer. To the best of my knowledge it feels like they are tapewound strings ... I don't know how old they are as I don't have much experience with tapewounds.

    Do any of you have experience with Epoxy coated necks on a Jazz bass configuration? I'd like to know what kind of strings you all use to get a really bright "mwah" .... like a Mark Egan Pedulla Pentabuzz mwah .... I was hoping this would give me a poor man's pentabuzz sound.

    I've read that roundwounds will eat up the fretboard but I'd think that would take a long time and some pretty aggressive playing. I don't play any one bass for a long period of time so I'm not so worried about doing any devastating damage to the finish.

    What strings would you recommend for a killer mwah and at the same time a deep Stingray'esque growl?

    Thanks in advance for the advice ....

    Last edited: Jun 2, 2017
  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    Get rounds and don't worry. Fingerboard wear is an overstated problem and a good epoxy coat like HG Thor's makes it even more of a non-issue.
    Nickel roundwounds are the diet for me, and I think they'll get you what you want.
    Slap a set of DR Sunbeams on that puppy and don't look back.
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  3. David Sutkin

    David Sutkin “Bass Upfront” Founder Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    That's the response I was hoping for, thanks bro.
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    ^^^ good for you!

    ^^^ = that's the ticket!


    trying to avoid string marks on a fretless FB is an overrated, counter-productive effort = doomed to fail for folks who really play fretless! IMO.
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