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What is the advantage of a taper core B string?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bassheart365, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Bassheart365

    Bassheart365 Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    Northern California
    "A good bassist determines the direction of any band." - Ron Carter
    I use tapered B strings and non-tapered B strings. Can't say I've noticed much difference when playing. Am I missing something?
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Main thing is fitment... Heavier gauge strings are not as flexible so may not make a proper witness point going over the bridge saddle... Example... The string will have an arch to it rather than be straight across from bridge saddle to nut. Some bridge saddles are not cut for very heavy gauge strings so a tapered string will sit better in those saddles.. Also some bridges may not have a large enough opening where the ball end goes and a tapered sting will help it fit better.

    There is an argument if the strings have a different tone or better sustain etc... Find what fits best for you.
  3. 3alfa3


    Mar 14, 2016
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I use tapered B on Warwick Corvette (Daddario Prosteels 0.40, 0.60, 0.80, 1.00, 1.25T).
    Non-tapered B sounds different than other Strings. Tapered sounds like natural extension to E string.
    On my Sire V7 5 String, i use non-tapered B (Daddario Prosteels: 0.45, 0.65, 0.80, 1.00, 1.30). Did not try tapered, non-tapered sounds close enough, but on Warwick, difference is noticeable.

    For Warwick, i tried tapered 130, but 125 is perfect match for my set of Strings.
    So, it's Bass dependent

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    Last edited: Nov 30, 2017
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