Tapered strings.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Alvaro Martín Gómez A., Nov 17, 2000.

  1. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I´m not so sure about what is a tapered string and the differences with a non-tapered one. Any info is appreciated.

    Thank you. :)
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    There are 3 basic types of tapered strings.

    The most common features the first outer wrap stopping a few mm short of the bridge, and on the B, E and A string there may be one or two more inner wraps that stop before the bridge as well, with only the inner wrap going over the bridge.

    Another type features all layers of wrap terminating a few mm from the bridge, with only the center core going over the bridge.

    A 3rd type does away with inner layers as you get closer to the bridge, but a final outer wrap goes all the way to the ball end of the string.

    I prefer taperwounds, some don't like them, saying that they produce a kind of shimmery warbling sound, but I haven't noticed that.