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Re:Anything about slowounds???

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on March 24, 2001 at 03:59:27:

In Reply to: Re:Anything about slowounds??? posted by Zach on March 23, 2001 at 20:47:31:

: Quick question....what exactly is a tapewound string? How is it built and/or winded? What are some advantages and disadvantages?

A tapewound string is simply one that has an outer winding that's made of a plastic tape or ribbon.

Tapewounds will generally have a dull, thuddy tone to them, even more so than flatwounds. I haven't seen a helluva lot of tapewounds since the 70's, and even then, they were fairly rare, if memory serves (I usually saw them on cheap basses, too).

The late James Jamerson used tapewounds on his P-Bass that he used for all the Motown sessions; La Bella "Deep Talkin' Bass", if memory serves...

I'm not sure if the newer tapewounds are different from the old ones or not, though...

Hope that helps!


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