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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by michael_t, Sep 14, 2018.
Products - TAPEWOUND - GHS
WHAT?! I did not expect to see these return.
Is this the same design as what they used to have, or something new?
Yay more strings to cut up.... On it.
From what I can gather so far, it's a completely new design.
From the GHS website:
Tapewound bass strings combine the thump and decay of an upright bass string, while retaining the characteristics of an electric bass string. Wound for GHS by the artisans behind Innovation Double Bass Strings, these are flatwound strings with a black nylon final wrap. The result is an ultra-smooth feel with a delightfully deep, mellow tone.
The previous GHS tapewounds were Brite Flats under the tape, yes?
That's what I thought, too, but I do remember a post by @Jon Moody stating that info was incorrect.
Nope, same design as previous.
Nope, flats (save the G string, which was a roundwound). They looked like possibly BFs, but once I ripped them completely apart, I could see that it was ribbon wire.
What about the production? From what I understand, the "old" GHS tapes were wound by a third-party company. Are the re-introduced ones by the same people?
Yep. The original had to be discontinued due to an issue with the nylon tape availability. So, we figured out a solution.
Only the B and E were Brie flats on the previous tapes...
I'm so excited this may actually make use for the previous B strings I've been stuck with!
The D and A, also were flatwounds; not Brite Flats. I had to reverse engineer those when we were looking to have them made either in-house, or from another company. Only the G string is roundwound.
I thought you were just telling us they were NOT Brite Flats but true flatwound underneath, no?
My apologies. You are correct... Double checked my pictures...
Black Nylon Tapewounds
Fixed it for clarity.
I loved these! Gonna have to get a set.
Hoping to see a double-ball-end version of these!
I see that the info on the manufacturer is being disclosed this time around:
"Wound for GHS by the artisans behind Innovation Double Bass Strings"
A quick websearch (no doubler here, so I admit this is the first time I hear about them) seems to reveal ties to the (now defunct?) Picato String company. I asked you about it earlier this year:
By the sound of crickets I inferred that 2) no, you weren't, regardless of whether 1) it was or not.
I was interested in finding out because of two TB posts, one by @kodiakblair also from early 2018 saying that
the other by @chilliwilli, from back in 2013:
essentially the only hands-on report on the insides of a tapewound string (amidst a lot of hearsay) I ever saw that pointed to one of them being anything other than roundwound, apart from the now-resurrected GHS.
Then I thought, once I read about your tapes not being made in-house, could they be by the same makers of Status tapes, if not the exact same product?
So I followed the breadcrumbs and formed my little hypothesis on whodunnem. It would seem I wasn't completely off-track. (But there's still a significant amount of "apparently" in my investigation.)
their previous tape wounds were the ' ground wounds ' under the tape ... half wounds .? whatever they called them .?
@Jon Moody already told us earlier they were flatwound under the tape, not Brite Flats (goundwound/half-rounds).