Records with black nylon tapewounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by KoalaBass, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. KoalaBass


    Aug 12, 2011
    Which records with those strings do you know?
  2. Red_Merkin


    Nov 12, 2012
    You can't put strings on records, the tension will break them.
  3. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Anything Herbie Flowers recorded, so...
    "Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed
    "Space Oddity" by David Bowie
    Almost all of the albums "Tumbleweed Connection" and "Madman Across The Water" by Elton John

    Also, John Entwistle reputedly used a Jazz Bass with nylon tapes for the final take of "My Generation" by The Who.

  4. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    McCartney on the Let It Be album.
  5. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I know Graham Maby has used tapes extensively. Couldn't quite tell ya what albums he uses tapes on, but his tone is one that I love. I have Tapes on my 5er, and they are delicious!
  6. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    +1 on Graham Maby's sound. Lucky enough to see him live back in the 80's. Stellar show. Which tapes do you recommend or avoid bassist4dalord? How are pressure wounds different?
  7. tonym

    tonym Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    ^ This. Graham Maby all over Joe Jackson's early albums (at least the first two). The hook "Is She Really Going Out With Him" is black nylon tapewounds and a pick. Very distinctive.
  8. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Yes, it was a Joe Jackson show. Beat Crazy was especially good that night. Which tapewounds does (did) he use?
  9. pbass2

    pbass2 Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    LOVE Herbie Flowers tone and Graham Maby too--shows how tapes aren't a one-trick-pony.
    But I've never heard the My Generation story! I have always thought it was the Dano with flats (and the story goes he kept breaking strings and would buy a new Dano each time...)
  10. pbass2

    pbass2 Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I had the ugliest, beat-up, cheap pickups, cheap hardware, Franken P/J a few years back, and once I put Roto tapes on it I couldn't do a session w/o it becoming an MVP....
  11. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I use D'Addario Tapewounds. Bought them because they are standard-gauge and I'm a D'Addario fanboy. I see no need for me to try any other tapes.

    Pressure wounds will have more characteristics of a roundwound. Jason at (TBer SlaPinfunK) can explain differences better than I.

    I highly recommend trying the D'Addarios!
  12. tonym

    tonym Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    I read somewhere a few years back that Graham used Rotosound TruBass strings back then but I can't vouch for the credibility of it. I was lucky enough to see him a few times with JJ in the 80's too. Fantastic shows, and I loved that Joe put Graham up front in the music so much.
  13. Rpkelly31


    Dec 28, 2012
    I've been using tapewound strings on my de-fretted p bass for years. I've used it for jazz in the past, but currently play in a bluegrass band. The tapewound gives me the ability to emulate the sound of an upright. Well... nothing can truly emulate the sound of an upright... I've been using Fender brand nylon tapewounds with no complaints, although I've never tried any other brand.
  14. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    My fretless Rickenbacker 4003 just came with a set of what I believe are D'Addario blacke tapewound. I had no intention of likeing these strings at all... so I certainly did not expect to dig them as much as I do:meh:
  15. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    The Beatles' Abbey Road album is chock full o' Rotosound nylon tapewounds.

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