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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Black nylon users?

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Nov 2nd, 2016 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Brand? Gauge? Restricted use or with all types of music? Bass? Gear?

I've got some La Bella 750Ns on the way.

George

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Nov 2nd, 2016 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh . . . this is about bass strings . . .

This thread is NOT what I thought it was going to be based on the title . . .

;)

66tele

USA

66tele
Nov 2nd, 2016 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ha! Rockdoc11 beat me to it! But I use tape-wound strings on my early 90's Japanese Fender Jazz fretless....Fender Medium gauge as I recall. They sound great.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Nov 3rd, 2016 02:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used them for years on my fretless 35" scale 5 string. No complaints. I bought two sets from Carvin. After 4 years, I decided to put on the 2nd set, to see if a new set would sound different.

The 2nd set sounded the same.

After many years of using them, I decided to try something different. I bought a set of DR flats. Yuk...duller and not consistent string to string.

I last tried the newer Dunlop bright flats. Brighter and closer to rounds than the Labellas.

One student of mine bought a Peavey (P knockoff) that came with Labellas. That bass hummed. I shielded it, but without the string ground, it still hummed, so he went to none tape wounds.

The BEST "nylon" strings I ever tried were Fender nylon filament wounds. They took a roundwound string and wrapped it with a nylon filament. They were black, and smooth, but sounded like a round.

I used them on a fretless P bass I used to have. Alas, when I switched to a 5 string, they didn't make a 5 set and they were too short for 35" scale. They've been discontinued for some time now.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Nov 3rd, 2016 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have used LaBella black nylon tapes on my ABGs for almost 20 years, but I just ordered a set to try on one of my electrics - probably one of my AmDlx Dimension 5Hs. A set will go on my AmStd Precision 5 once the defretting project is complete, too.

heynorm

Omaha, USA

Nov 4th, 2016 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Putting LaBella black nylons seven or eight years ago on my Ibanez AEB completely changed its character. It really thumps and my wife loves the sound of it.
A few months back I put a LaBella set on my MIA P and found they have more zing than I'd planned, as they are rounds coated with the black tape, offering that bass a flavor of its own. I love the sound of each bass. Both play like butta! Very easy on the fingertips. FYI, I play in a couple of classic country bands and a pop oldies group.

(This message was last edited by heynorm at 12:43 PM, Nov 4th, 2016)

barry.b

australia

Nov 7th, 2016 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the Fender black tape wounds.

I really like them: smooth like flats but with more bite

less bite than rounds. Very versitile on my Jaguar bass series-1

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Nov 7th, 2016 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm now using my new La Bella blacks for a four-string with everything tuned to DGCF. The clarity is outstanding, high to low.

George

heynorm

Omaha, USA

Nov 8th, 2016 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And, you will love them as time goes along. Checked to see that I'm using 760Ns on my P. I'm just guessing 750Ns are on my AEB as they seem just a tad floppier.

(This message was last edited by heynorm at 12:56 PM, Nov 8th, 2016)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Nov 9th, 2016 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 750Ns have the .105 E-string.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 07:49 PM, Nov 9th, 2016)

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Nov 10th, 2016 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried the white Labella tapewounds and didn't like them. Way to bright sounding.
I understand I should have gone with the Black Tapes.
Let me know what you think of them George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Nov 11th, 2016 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I keep my usage of the blacks to very specific applications. For example, I have them set up with a DGCF tuning (like I said above) and using them to work on smooth jazz things, for which they are perfect. Low tension, these strings are surprisingly musical, with just the right amounts (for me) of body and brightness. The sound holds together really well on the low side.

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Nov 13th, 2016 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is there any difference between the white ones and the black ones?

6G6

Texas

Fender power to the people!
Nov 14th, 2016 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The white ones are brighter.

Chuck M

Texas

Nov 18th, 2016 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The black nylon strings are very dark sounding.

Lewis

USA

Who is E. Sandoval?
Nov 27th, 2016 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Greetings.

I'm using a set of D'Addario ETB92 tape wounds. Normally I use round-wound nickel. I put these tape-wounds an old P in hopes of preserving the frets.

They sound good. To my ears, it's sort of a Stax or Motown sound.

D'Addario Tape Wounds

barry.b

australia

Nov 28th, 2016 02:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can someone school me up on whether Fender make their own strings or it's badge engineering from another manufacturer (under licence or whatever)?

I'm specifically thinking of the Fender 9120 (black) tapewounds I'm using.

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