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Who uses/has used black nylon tapewounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by KoalaBass, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. KoalaBass


    Aug 12, 2011
    The few players who come to my mind are: Larry Graham (until the mid-late 70's), Herbie Flowers, Sir Paul (round 69, Let It Be sessions etc...), Pete Quaife (there's a live TV performance in 1967), Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds) and I think that Bootsy used them on his jazz bass when he was playing with James Brown. Does anyone know a few more? :bassist:
  2. freatles


    Jan 9, 2014
    Grab a box of 'em "rotisserie-sounds" and it lists like 400 names.
  3. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    I use L aBella black nylon tape wound flats on all of my basses. I have for years. I used them back in the 60s but the quality of today is much better. I can get all the sounds I need using them.
  4. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    As for famous bassist that use/used black nylon coated strings, I think that you pretty much covered it and I can't think of anybody else.

    I have one Fender P with them. I use GHS because most of the other brands have really big gauges and they won't fit into my nut!

    I really like the sound of them and actually, they are not as "dud and thud" as one might expect.

    My issue with taped strings is grounding! When our fingers are on the strings, the coating does not allow for grounding and so there is a bit of a hum. It's not too bad with the humbucking P pickup but it can still be heard a tiny bit. I imagine with a single coil pickup it would indeed be bad!

    I'd love to hear a fretless bass with nylons!
  5. I installed LaBella tapewound strings on my Wishbass Lobe last night. So far so good. I am happy with the sound and feel.
  6. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note.

    Aug 8, 2010
    Peoria, IL
    I have D'Addario Black Nylons on my Squier VM70s Jazz, and they sound great. No hum issue, though, because I've shielded the bass fairly well. Definitely not as dead as regular flats. It's a nice compromise of feel, smooth tone, and higher frequency presence.
  7. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It seems like the OP is asking which famous bassists used or have used tapewounds.

    But I, the world renowned 3234718, have also used tapewounds.
  8. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I had a cheapo Yamaha fretless with labella white tapes. Mwah for days.
  9. bassplace

    bassplace Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Annapolis, MD
    I was surprised how good they sound on a P bass that I have a fret less rosewood neck on
  10. freatles


    Jan 9, 2014
  11. tonym


    Apr 12, 2011
    Graham Maby, bassist for Joe Jackson! :hyper: I have black nylon tapes on one of my basses because of him. "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" is a set of these and a pick. He played them on all of the early albums, I think, and was using them live every time I saw them back then. (Damn. I'm old. :scowl:)
  12. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Anything Herbie Flowers. Jazz Bass with Roto tapes.
  13. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    This is what got me into Tapes. I've got a Jazz with Roto's. Another thing not mentioned yet is that Tapes + Piezo setup can be a really magical combo. I will get a Piezo setup someday for sure.
  14. adivin


    Jul 9, 2009
    New Orleans, LA


    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I was considering these fo my fretless. I did not know Graham used these. Cool info, thanks.
  16. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    30 some years ago I had a black & maple tuxedo with black dots running the board; and I used black tapes on it because I thought they looked cool.
  17. Tapes + Piezo + Fretless + Hollowbody = WIN!!

    My Rob Allen Mouse and Takamine B10 Acoustic-Upright wear La Bella Black Tapes and sound & feel just divine. The Baer ML112 matches them perfectly. :D

    Slight OD w/ mid boost + Pick on the Mouse gives the nicest modern/vintage Hollowbody sound I've heard.
  18. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    I'd love to hear a sample. I've lusted over RA Deep 4's. but I can't find the info on what scale they are, short, med., or long?
  19. http://roballenguitars.com/choosing.html

    Rob Allen Megathread.

    Deep is usually 34", with 33" and 35" custom options.

    Tak B10 info.

    -> can listen to tunes here or on iTunes too.
  20. John Entwistle used La Bella nylons on a Fender Jazz Bass for the "My Generation" solo.