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NEW FROM GHS - Tapewounds! (Re-introduced)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by michael_t, Sep 14, 2018 at 10:57 AM.


  1. Last edited: Sep 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM
  2. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    WHAT?! I did not expect to see these return.

    Is this the same design as what they used to have, or something new?
     
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  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Yay more strings to cut up.... On it.
     
  4. From what I can gather so far, it's a completely new design.
     
  5. 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.​
     
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  6. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    The previous GHS tapewounds were Brite Flats under the tape, yes?
     
  7. That's what I thought, too, but I do remember a post by @Jon Moody stating that info was incorrect.
     
  8. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    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.
     
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  9. 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?
     
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  10. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Yep. The original had to be discontinued due to an issue with the nylon tape availability. So, we figured out a solution.
     
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  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    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!
     
  12. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    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.
     
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  13. I thought you were just telling us they were NOT Brite Flats but true flatwound underneath, no?
     
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    My apologies. You are correct... Double checked my pictures...


    Black Nylon Tapewounds
     
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  15. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Fixed it for clarity.
     
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  16. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    I loved these! Gonna have to get a set.
     
  17. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :) Hoping to see a double-ball-end version of these!
     
  18. HaphAsSard

    HaphAsSard

    Dec 1, 2013
    Italia
    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"
    https://www.innovationstrings.com/
    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.)
     
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  19. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    their previous tape wounds were the ' ground wounds ' under the tape ... half wounds .? whatever they called them .?
     
  20. @Jon Moody already told us earlier they were flatwound under the tape, not Brite Flats (goundwound/half-rounds).
     

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