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For Sale Innovation Ultra Black, Full Set

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Bass Amps, Strings, & Accessories' started by Joe Kyle Jr., Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Joe Kyle Jr.

    Joe Kyle Jr. Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    SF, CA
    Purchased new from Fretwell Bass in Va this spring, these strings have the newer ball ends Innovation recently started using instead of the annoying 'T' ends. These were installed on a bass I rented to a theatrical production for two months this summer, and that's about all the use they've seen. I'd say they're still in very good condition. Brand new they go for $189; I'll sell these shipped CONUS for $90.

    **If the title of this post reads "FOR SALE", the strings are still available.**

    Description plagiarized from Bob Gollihur:
    Innovation UB (Ultra-Black) Double Bass Strings are named for their distinctive "Ultra Black" colored outer winding, and work well for a player seeking a fuller, darker-sounding string for traditional jazz and other styles. They are constructed using a flexible braided core with a black tape winding. Unlike most other "black" strings, they can be bowed successfully. UltraBlack strings have a darker tone, like most gut strings, but have the advantage of being a bit more distinct than gut. They offer a less "twangy" alternative to other popular jazz strings. The flexibility of the core (a nylon wound in a "rope" pattern) allows you to really "dig in" without having the string excessively modulate out of tune. Yet the outer wrapping has a hard enough surface to get a nice "growl" or "mwah" from fingerboard interaction. Despite it being marketed as a "Jazz" string for pizz players, the surface of the string reportedly is also equally bow-friendly.
    The UltraBlacks fill the void between the traditional gut string sound and more modern steel strings; they have a solid fundamental and middling sustain. Players thereby find them appropriate for nearly all pizzicato work, whether it be jazz, bluegrass, folk, or traditional music.

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    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
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