Recommend strings that have tapewound vibe but no grounding issue?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by kittyboy, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    I mostly play TI flats, but I've recently felt drawn by the tapewound sound, for instance Melody Nelson/Herbie Flowers/Graham Maby...

    I've currently got LaBella tapes regular gauge on a jazz bass. I'm digging the sound and feel overall, but I'm not thrilled with the inarticulate E-string response (open and fretted) and the unpredictable grounding buzz.

    Can anyone recommend strings that have a similar sound/feel signature as tapes, but don't have grounding issues or flabby E-string response ?

    Thanks !
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  2. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area

    I'm thinking I might take active pickup route instead, to avoid buzz.

    Probably EMG active pickups. Any suggestions?

  3. e-flat


    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State
    Man, I've never encountered a string that can do what Tapes do. I wish I could find a set, but Tapes are just so unique. I have the same issue as you with grounding noise.... Love tapes but can't live with the buzzzzz.

    I've tried & liked: La Bella White, La Bella Black, La Bella Copper, and Rotosound Black. All of them buzzed.

    As far as flats that are more lively, have you tried a set of Ernie Ball Cobalts? Those things are very clear... I have a set of the 40-95 and they sound great on fretted or fretless. Tension is moderate, not as loose as TIs. They might be close enough to some of the brighter tapes like the La Bella White. Maybe with some EQ you could get into Herbie Flowers territory??

    That intro to Melody Nelson, though.... Thats sooo Tapes :D Love Herbie Flowers.

    Good luck.
  4. Lowendtech

    Lowendtech Happily trending in my own peculiar direction. Supporting Member

    I've always like the D'addario tapes. Never had a problem with them re; no flab and good balance.
  5. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I have GHS black tapewounds on this.
    No noise issues at all. 1510435944996.jpg
  6. The only alternative is to have your instrument well shielded. It will be very quiet then.
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  7. I've long thought D'Addario Half Rounds have a tapewounds like sound but with additional warmth and fundamental.
  8. Lowendtech

    Lowendtech Happily trending in my own peculiar direction. Supporting Member

    I tried a set of those and found them to have some additional "traction" when moving horizontally on the neck. Felt weird to me.
  9. They are a little tacky for a bit. It subsides with playing time. A rub with isopropyl alcohol helps too.
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  10. GHS are my favorite tapewounds but sadly been discontinued . Fenders in comparison sound good but don't feel as good on the fingers . Rotosound 88 on a short scale Rivoli are working out fine . Want to try La Bella original blacks.
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