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Nylon Tapewound Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Gabu, Jan 17, 2003.


  1. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I am looking to buy some nylon tapewounds for my Ovation ABG. The problem is that it's a 5 string bass.

    So my questions are:

    1) What make and model do you recommend?
    2) Where can I buy them?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. I'll look around for you dude, but I've never seen them, and I've seen more than my share of strings.

    Is your bass an acoustic/electric? If so, what kind of pickup does it have?
     
  3. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Howdy Herm,

    It's an Ovation Acoustic Electric. I am not sure of the pickup, I guess it would be piezio?
     
  4. NOLABASS

    NOLABASS

    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    Carvin has tapewounds, but I don't think their nylon.
     
  5. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Rotosound, LaBella, and GHS make 5-string tapewound sets.

    I prefer the Roto's (big ol' B on their 5'r set - .135). Come to think
    of it, all Roto tapes are pretty large. But surprisingly low in tension.
    They have a woody, "airy" tone to `em (i.e., through the piezo
    on my R/A).

    The LaBella's are a bit more up front and zing-y.

    If you find that tapes are too "dark", you can always go with
    phosphor-bronze "acoustic" strings. Lotsa' companies make 5'r
    sets of those.

    If ya' really love the tones of both, you could have a doubleneck made :rolleyes::p .
    juststrings.com
     
  6. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Thanks guys!

    Carvin has the Labella strings in a 5 set. I have a Carvin near by, so I am ready to roll with it. :D

    If these don't work out, then I will try the Roto's next.
     
  7. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Okay, I got the La Bella Nylon Tapewounds in a 5. New problem; The strings don't fit in the grooves of the nut. I am not sure that I want to gouge out the nut... But I am keeping the strings in case I decide to do that.

    Also, these strings are just a tad long. I guess I really need a 32 scale rather than a 34. It suprised the heck out of me, because the neck "feels" long.

    I guess I should contact La Bella about the 32" scale issue, but what do you guys think about widening the cuts on my nut?

    Thanks!
     
  8. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    :confused: disclaimer: I've never owned an Ovation 5'r, sooo...

    Re the nut issue -- If you don't wanna' file the nut, then
    I guess the Roto's are outta' the question (they're even bigger)

    LaBella: .060 - .128     Rotosound: .065 - .135

    (you knew this was comin eh? :p ) There's always Thomastik-Infeld
    nylon cores. Totally different feel (VERY low tension) with a
    super-sweet tone. Not as "crispy" as other acoustic strings
    with their hexagonal steel cores. Another "drawback" is the price.
    ~$60USD for a 5'r set. If you don't like `em, you're out some $$$.

    Anyhoo, you shouldn't have to do ANY nut filing with these
    (.041 - .118).


    Length problem...I noticed somethin' cruisin' around Just Strings.
    There's a "760N5" and a "760N5-EXL" (extra long). Maybe you
    picked up the EXL set?
     
  9. NOLABASS

    NOLABASS

    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    Another disclaimer, "If it were my bass" I would alter the nut as a very last resort. Try some of the other string suggestions first.
     
  10. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Thanks guys. I will think on it. I don't change my strings that often, so $65 doesn't seem like that much. Although I don't know how long nylons last. I don't use a pick, and I generally don't play too hard.