Nylon Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bob Clayton, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    around how much to nylon strings go for?

  2. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    i dont think you can get nylon strings for bass....can you?
  3. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    you can plastic strings though, Rotosound do 'em, thye are black...i think...or am I just havering?:cool:
  4. brewer9


    Jul 5, 2000
    Nylon? Plastic? Thsoe things must sound like sh*t!
  5. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    i might be getting mixed up, i shall check with ad when i get home, but dosent paul mccartney use them?
  6. bman


    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    Are you talking about the taperwound strings? I think Fender makes them. I just picked up a Peavey B-Quad with piezos, and I've heard people talk about using the nylon-type strings on that. (Specifically utilizing the piezos.)
    I'm curious to see how they sound myself. I might grab a set and slap 'em on.
  7. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    yea im talkin about the fenders

  8. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    The strings you are talking about are the Fender Nylon Tapewound 9120's. You can get them at www.juststrings.com for $16.56.

    They sound really nice, but remember, you lose your ground so be prepared for a touch of hum in your signal.
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Labella, Fender, Rotosound and a host of others make black nylon tapewound strings. Brighter and clicker than flatwounds, not as bright as roundwounds, and as much thud as flatwounds.

    Nice string for getting the upright style tone on a fretless. As Superduck said, you lose your ground when you switch to nylons, so you will get a little hum with them, unless you plant your right hand on the bridge.

    Fender also has a nylon filament wound string, but I have never played them. I've heard that they sound and feel pretty strange compared to other nylons.

    And if you want the Labellas, order Carvins black tapewound strings. They are the same string, repackaged as Carvins, for about 1/2 the price.:cool:
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Bman, taperwound strings and tapewound strings are 2 different things. Taperwounds are roundwounds with a taper winding so that they are thinner at the bridge, making intonation easier and increasing overtones.
  11. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Nylon CORE strings?

    I've only tried two -- Thomastik-Infeld Acousticores
    and Labella ABN30's. Rather than a round or hexagonal
    metal, the core is nylon. The outer wrap is phosphor-
    bronze. They work best with piezos. Because of the
    nylon core, they are very flexible.

    I tried the T/I's first. Mmmm...rubbery :D. They've got a
    tone all their own. I finally got a set of the LaBellas. Just
    Strings had to back-order them twice. I tried`em out last
    week. I must be spoiled on T/I's...first the flats, now the
    `coustis. Diplomatically?...The LaBellas weren't worth
    the wait :(.

    Thomguy? You sure there ain't some alchemists or wizards
    or sumpin' workin' at T/I? ;).
  12. RicMeister

    RicMeister Guest

    Nov 25, 2001
    I have a set of the LaBella black nylon strings on my Zeta Crossover 4-string. These sound GREAT on this bass, and should sound great on just about any fretless. I'm not sure that I would trust the Fender black nylons; I've heard from others that the Fenders simply do not last nearly as long as the LaBellas. Poor quality and feel. I haven't tried any other brand, and haven't even heard opinions from others, so I can't comment on the other brands mentioned in this thread.