What's the consensus on labella roundwounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Gorn, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I've heard good things here and there but you rarely come across anyone using them. Lots of people use labella flats, but so few seem to use their rounds compared to ghs, daddario, dr and all the rest. What gives?
  2. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I LOVE their steels, they have a huge, growly midrange with a big bottom and a bell-like top end similar to slightly worn in Roto 66s.

    Here's what they sound like going through a tiny combo amp in a room with terrible sound.
  3. Their rounds sound nice and have a great sizzle . However, their life expectancy isn't as long as others and they go dead quickly (at least the nickle ones do).
  4. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    I use HRS alot and really like them. Duckwater describes them pretty well IMO.
  5. songwriter21

    songwriter21 Involved with two girls. Cirrus and Milly. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    If I can't find the right coated strings, I miiiigghht go back to Hard Rockin' Steels. The only other strings, to me, that sound and feel as good as these, are DR Lo-Riders. But, the DR's die much faster, and yet, LaBella seems to have a consistency problem, with some strings not being as bright as the others, fading faster, etc. DR is super-consistent, but has the drawback of what I just mentioned. If you get a good pack of LaBella's...LOOK OUT, they'll kill for a long time!
  6. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    The steels sound harsh to my ears...just my opinion. Too pingy and piano-like.
  7. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I have a set of LaBella DTB rounds on my Fender CIJ Jazz FL and they've been on there for over a year. Surprisingly gentle on the rosewood and the mids are fantastic. A bit lacking in lows, but I just EQ that in.