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Help me ID some strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by fookgub, Oct 25, 2005.


  1. fookgub

    fookgub

    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I was in GC the other day, and one of the sales guys was playing a jazz with black strings. It sounded great... deep and warm, but with enough treble to keep things interesting. When I asked him what they were, he told me Labella Jazz Rounds. As far as I've been able to find LaBella doesn't make a string string called a Jazz Round, nor any black coated strings at all. TI makes jazz rounds, but they don't seem to be coated either. I guess they could have been bootzilla's, but I didn't think those strings had a reputation for the type of sound I was hearing.

    Anyway, if anyone has any idea what strings these might be (and where I could buy them), please let me know. I think they'd be perfect for my fretless p-bass.
     
  2. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Michigan
    Maybe the nylon-wound labellas?
     
  3. fookgub

    fookgub

    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Oops... forgot about those. Could be them, since I'm pretty sure GC sells 'em. Then again, I don't know how the sales guy would get DR and Labella confused. I've heard those are good strings in their own right, so I may try them out (I liked the clips at basstasters, too).

    As in tape wound? Forgive me, but I still haven't figured out what they're about. I know round, flat, and ground but, despite all my searching, I can't seem to pin down what tape wounds or nylon stings are or what they're good for. FWIW, the strings I saw looked like coated roundwounds to me.
     
  4. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Michigan
    Tapewound strings are basically flatwounds with a wrap of nylon "tape" wrapped all the way around them, as if it were the outer layer of the string. They certainly have a very warm sound. At more than a few feet, they wouldn't look any different than coated roundwounds.

    If you are positive they were coated rounds, though, I would say black beauties or Black Diamond strings. Those are the only two black strings like this I know of.
     
  5. fookgub

    fookgub

    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I think I'll give the DR's a shot. I'm curious about tapewounds, though. Do they have a more upright-ish sound? Where can I read more about them?
     
  6. KSDbass

    KSDbass

    Mar 25, 2005
    atlanta
    fender accs 9120 nylon tapewound bass strings? sounds like GC....
     
  7. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    If it's a Fendr J-Bass, it's likely the Fender Nylon Tape-wounds...
     
  8. fookgub

    fookgub

    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I think you're right. It was a fender jazz, and from the pic on the Fender website, they look exactly the same.
     
  9. MichaelScott

    MichaelScott

    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA
    Yep. They sound great.