New Jazz... Hmmmm....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yerf Dog, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    Ordered up a new MIA Fender Jazz from AMS. Something seems a little odd.... :meh:



    AMS is sending out a new set. :D
  2. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
  3. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Taper Wound String. Some prefer. Some Like. Some Dislike.

    Not a flaw.
  4. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    Just one string that way? AMS seemed to think it was a problem.

    News to me, but I'm new to bass playing. :oops:
  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    From Fender's website:

    Fender American Standard Jazz Bass specs:
    Strings: Super Bass 8250M NPS, p/n 073-8250-006,
    Gauges: .045, .065, .085, .110TW (Taperwound E)

    and the strings section:

    Superbass 8250 Taperwound
    Nothing beats the 8250s and 8255s for intonation and balance. These unique bass strings are wound on a round core with a tapered winding on the E and B strings. The 8250s are designed to fit Fender's® string-through body basses, while the 8255s are designed for any long scale bass that is strung through the bridge. Superior balance and tone- you will hear the difference!
  6. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    Through body stringing will usually use taper wounds. That's what they are made for primarily.

  7. K Marshall

    K Marshall Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Both the new American P's and J's (at least since '08) come strung with the tapered E string. It's not a .110 though as stated on the Fender website. More like a .105.
  8. Taper wounds, DR calls them "long necks". They are supposed to make the thicker strings sound brighter. A lot of people use them for their B string, IMHO they seem to sound "thin". I have tried DR, Ken Smith and Fender and "third-times-the-charm" I will never buy Tapers again. IMO they don't really sound that different or maybe it's all in my head. :eyebrow:
  9. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    Well thanks to everyone for the info. I was confused there for a while. [​IMG]

  10. Is t just me or does that E string look HUGE?
  11. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    I tried the taper wound strings when Rotosound first brought them out (80's?) and back then you either had the whole set taper wound, or none, unless you bought them singly.

    The original idea was that the reduced contact area with the saddle would allow the string to vibrate more freely, increasing ring and sustain, et cetera (like the piano strings they were copied from). Never really noticed much difference between them and the standard, non-taper wound Swing Bass set.

    Just FYI and comments. :)