Singe strings in the UK?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by CauliColin, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. I recently broke the E string on my fretless (it was a d'addario nylon tapewound one), so have had to use roundwounds for a week or so. I've noticed that the board wear has doubled in the past week so I am anxious to get some smooth strings on. The only problem is, finding an E string tapewound is easier said than done. If I were to go onto, it would cost me more than the string to ship it over here. I don't want to spend £30-£40 on a whole new set, and only want the E string. Any ideas, Talkbass?

    Edit: I mean single strings, not burned ones, my bad.
  2. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
  3. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    ah right :/

    you can get full packs of D'Ad TWs slightly cheaper on ebay but that's about it i think... hmm.
  4. Alright, thanks for the help :D I appreciate it!
  5. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    They do have Rotosound black nylon tapewound (Tru Bass 88) singles, if you already know and like them, or feel like experimenting:
    .100 and .115 (might have to file the nut wider/replace it with one worth sacrificing in the name of nylon). has the Galli tapes available as singles, same gauges (1 - 2), but IIRC has a flat shipping rate so you may want to browse for something else and make a more substantial order to make it worth buying from them.
    (Have bought from both online stores, would recommend both, otherwise not affiliated.)
    No other options that I'm aware of (yet).

    the Rotos and the Gallis might sound a little woodier and darker than the D'Ads according to user descriptions and manufacturer blurbs.
    If you do try either one, and a mixandmatched single tape proves mismatched soundwise, and you find out you care more about sound than feel, you might wanna try a ground- or pressurewound single, maybe with a small mute (foam, cloth or paper) under the E only, to tame its upper end.
    You could also consider trying a Fender set. Check out Ric5's recording of his Rickenbacker 4004 cii with the tapes it came with here. User Root 5 believed they were Fenders (see post 10 of that thread): if that's correct, judging from the soundclips I would put them firmly in "dead round" camp soundwise: probably too bright for some. (There might be more clips of Fender tapes here with no doubts as to their attribution: use the search, Luke!) They definitely don't break the bank at 15.36 quid.