Specific question about Labella Tapes, white vs black attack/articulation

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by kittyboy, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    I'm building a short scale active PJ bass, specifically to use with tapes.

    Looks like I'm going to go with whites or blacks, since that's the only short-scale options--otherwise I might be looking at Coppers.

    The bass has EMGs w/a BQC preamp, which means I have a ton of EQ control on tap, so I can probably darken the whites as needed, or brighten the blacks.

    My question for y'all is do the strings attack/articulate differently? In the past I've not been a fan of traditional tapes' tendency to sound super boomy on higher frets on the E string. On most any bass (with any kind of strings) a B fretted at the 7th fret on an E string is always boomier than fretted at the 2nd fret on an A string, but on the tape sets I've had the boominess was really over the top.

    So my very specific question: do you think the white set will be less boomy than the black set on higher fretted notes on the E string?

    Like I said, I can EQ either string to taste. The blacks will look cooler on this bass, but if the whites are less boomy than I might choose them instead.

    Thanks for any suggestions.