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Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings

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Gauges 58-72-92-110.Your fretless bass will love these black nylon tapewound strings and their cool, jazzy tone. The flat nylon wrapping saves your f...Click To Read More About This Product

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Warmth, comfort, and durability for your fretless.

Gauges 58-72-92-110.

Your fretless bass will love these black nylon tapewound strings and their cool, jazzy tone. The flat nylon wrapping saves your fretless fingerboard from the wear caused by roundwound strings. Soft on the fingers and easy on the ears, Fender Nylon Tapewound strings are long lasting and very warm, tonally. Expand your horizons and try a set!


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4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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Low tension---Unique sound!

I bought a set of these with the intention of putting them on a fretless bass I was planning to buy. I had been playing my student model (fretted) Rogue strung with Fender...Read complete review

I bought a set of these with the intention of putting them on a fretless bass I was planning to buy. I had been playing my student model (fretted) Rogue strung with Fender steel flatwounds, and, out of curiosity, I decided I wanted to try these Fender Nylon Tapewounds to see if I could get the flatwound thump with less string tension. Now don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the Fender steel flats; they are a great string (they last forever), but the tension is a bit high. I decided to throw this set of Fender Nylon tapewounds on my fretted Rogue bass. Now I doubt I'll ever play a steel flatwound again. These Fender Nylon tapes have turned out to be the most versatile strings I've ever played. I can even get a decent slap/pop from them, while not sacrificing the lower-end bass sound. True, you won't get the piercing highs that you get from roundwounds if you are slapping and popping. But you can actually get a slap pop sound with these nylons that is workable (if that's not your main sound---roundwounds are still the best in my opinion if slap/pop is your bread and butter). The sound of these is great for a variety of styles, but what I am really hooked on is the low tension, and the easy feel on my fingers. I was so accustomed to fighting with my steel flatwounds that it took me a week to really get used to the relaxed feel I get from the Fender Nylon Tapewounds. Now that I have finally gotten my fretless bass, I'm ordering another set of these nylon wrapped strings for that bass as well. Steel flatwounds do chew up my fretless fretboard, so these should extend the fretboard life considerably. The Fender Nylon Tapewounds are also an unbelievable value at the current asking price. One last comment: I feel like my bass has become more versatile now that I use Fender Nylon Tapewounds. It's very easy to shift between music styles. These strings don't seem to have the limitations of either flats of rounds. They give me the best of both.

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High Quality, But Be Warned

These strings do indeed sound very good and feel quite nice,but they have two drawbacks, one is they are not really flatwounds as much as burnished roundwounds and therefore have more of a...Read complete review

These strings do indeed sound very good and feel quite nice,but they have two drawbacks, one is they are not really flatwounds as much as burnished roundwounds and therefore have more of a roundwound tone. They also caused my JazzBass to have a noticable noise problem. They nylon waspreventing the string from "grounding" on the saddle andthus induced noise in the bridge pickup. A problem solved byusing roundwound or traditional flatwound strings. This maynot be the case for you, but it is possible.

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5.0

Best Flatwound Strings Ever

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you want mellow, punchy, noiseless, warm, low-tension bass strings; GET THESE! Most other flatwound bass strings are stiff and "thumpy". These strings have low tension so they're easy to play and also have a lot of sustain. Why don't more musicians use these??!!Way to go Fender!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect acoustic bass strings

By That Guy From That Place

from Pingree Grove

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Tried these on a whim for my knockaround acoustic bass, and was immediately impressed. These things have a perfect thumping tone without being too dull, and they're very smooth and comfortable on the fingers. Avoiding fretboard wear wasn't an initial concern of mine, but I can see how these would really help. The black finish looks great on my black bass, too.Only downside is the string tops are pretty thickly wound with string (which makes sqeezing them into tuner slots tricky) and unravel easily. That said, these strings are a fantastic deal for the price, definitely worth trying a set.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I get more tone out of a rusty piece of wire.

By FooFighter2112

from Oklahoma

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If you like bright tones(or any tone for that matter) you don't want these strings. I just put them on and I'm ready for them to wear out so I can change them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nylon tapewound bass strings

By Michael-AA-Xj

from ft laud Florida

These strings are the closest thing to an upright sound in a studio. The trick is to adjust your bass and treble to your own liking and to make sure that your attack on the strings is almost the same. Make sure the adjustments are the same on your amplifier. The only drawback I experienced was some heat generated when doing glissando movements. I'm driving a 1966 Fender precision bass, and these strings work for me. I've been stringing basses for 48 yrs and still play for a living.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst strings I've played in 25 years!

By Mr Bass Man

from New York City

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I was excited about the idea of tapewound strings, so I bought a set of Fender 9120 nylons. After trying for a few days to get used to them I tossed 'em in the garbage and went back to flatwounds. Stringing my bass with these things was like trying to install rubber bands on my J-bass - they were THAT elastic. I've been stringing basses for 25 years, and have worked with all kinds of strings, but these were the worst! As for the tone, it was dull and tepid.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Low tension---Unique sound!

By Rhythm Man

from Arkansas USA

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I bought a set of these with the intention of putting them on a fretless bass I was planning to buy. I had been playing my student model (fretted) Rogue strung with Fender steel flatwounds, and, out of curiosity, I decided I wanted to try these Fender Nylon Tapewounds to see if I could get the flatwound thump with less string tension. Now don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the Fender steel flats; they are a great string (they last forever), but the tension is a bit high. I decided to throw this set of Fender Nylon tapewounds on my fretted Rogue bass. Now I doubt I'll ever play a steel flatwound again. These Fender Nylon tapes have turned out to be the most versatile strings I've ever played. I can even get a decent slap/pop from them, while not sacrificing the lower-end bass sound. True, you won't get the piercing highs that you get from roundwounds if you are slapping and popping. But you can actually get a slap pop sound with these nylons that is workable (if that's not your main sound---roundwounds are still the best in my opinion if slap/pop is your bread and butter). The sound of these is great for a variety of styles, but what I am really hooked on is the low tension, and the easy feel on my fingers. I was so accustomed to fighting with my steel flatwounds that it took me a week to really get used to the relaxed feel I get from the Fender Nylon Tapewounds. Now that I have finally gotten my fretless bass, I'm ordering another set of these nylon wrapped strings for that bass as well. Steel flatwounds do chew up my fretless fretboard, so these should extend the fretboard life considerably. The Fender Nylon Tapewounds are also an unbelievable value at the current asking price. One last comment: I feel like my bass has become more versatile now that I use Fender Nylon Tapewounds. It's very easy to shift between music styles. These strings don't seem to have the limitations of either flats of rounds. They give me the best of both.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just right for my style

By PickN4Him

from WSS, WV

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In 46 years of playing I have tried many different bass strings and have never played a string that is more responsive to the touch or any easier on the frets and my fingers. I don't get to play bass as often now as I like but when I do these are my go to strings. The tone is smooth but is not lacking in tonal range either.

 
5.0

my favorites

By Zombie

from Hugheston, WV

I had a pair of these on my bass for over a year and they never lost their sound quality, regardless of my sometimes playing with a pick. The tape cuts the nasty metallic edge off, and they play much more smoothly than typical round wounds. These strings are by far the best I've ever played, and I'll most likely be using them for the duration of my bass playing career.

 
5.0

Still bright

By Hepcatbassman

from Dawsonville, GA

I tried these strings because they were highly recommended by other players for their tone. I was looking for more of an upright bass tone for my fretless. These certainly did not have that. They are very nice strings indeed but were still very bright and almost identical in tone to naked roundwounds. I pulled them off of my fretless and tried them on my Ibanez SR400 where they'll stay. I found a new favorite string for it. They sound great for slapping, popping and other playing styles where a strong, bright and pronounced punch is desired. But for that thuddy 60's R&B sound which I use my fretless for I found Rotosound RS88s.

 
5.0

My Fender 9120's

By hawkhuff

from Lockport, NY

I put these on my Fender P-Bass. I wanted something with a mellower sound and the nylon coating intrigued me.I am very pleased with these strings and I know, because of the coating, they will last much longer than the conventional sets. Easy to set up and they stay in tune once stretched.

 
5.0

Try Them Out- I Like These Strings

By Axeman

from Media,PA

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I bought these strings as an experiment for a cheap Rogue acoustic. I use this bass for practice only, but I must admit I have grown fond of it after trying these strings. I was having problems with steel strings because they were rattling against the frets. These strings have really improved the sound quality of the Rogue. I was hoping for an upright sound. I didn't get it, but I like the smooth mellow tone. I plan to try them on my gig basses as well. I'm not sure what sound will be produced by the pick-ups from nylon. Hopefully, it will be another successful experiment. Also, the black make of the string is attractive.

 
5.0

Tapewounds have a softer sound, and a softer feel.

By Bobo Bonobo®

from St. Louis, MO, USA

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My bass is fretless from the 13th fret down (I removed the frets and filled the grooves in with plastic wood), and these strings are far better on a fretless neck than roundwounds, both because of the softer sound, and because you can slide down the neck easily. They're as comfy on the fingers as flatwounds, and my fingers are less likely to slip off of the strings. I'm only a part-time bassist, as my usual role is rhythm guitar. I also use flatwound Fenders on my 6-string. I can't stand the squeak noise you get with roundwounds when moving barre chords up and down the neck. At this price, you might want to give them a try. Oh, and they look awfully cool, too.

 
5.0

My only choice for Fretless Bass

By Will Grim

from Hudson, NH

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I thought that I would obtain some steel flatwounds to accompany my new fretless bass since I did not want to scratch the fretboard. Instead, I took a chance on these (roundwound) tapewounds and was surprised at the tonal quality, not as muted as expected. In fact, they are completely slappable but give a nice warm tone and feel nice on the fingers. The only problem is that since they are heavy gauge and tapewound to boot, the diameter of the E string may be too large to pass through your bridge without some modification. All I did was enlarge the hole just enough to allow the string to pass through. These will be the only strings I use for this fretless. Even though roundwound, which I believe improves the tone, the nylon tape keeps the fingerboard from scratching. One month of constant use and I see no damage at all. Great price! I may get a set just to try on one of my fretted basses! What are you waiting for? Do it, DO IT!

 
5.0

Stays in tune

By The Mind

from Englewood Fl.

They feel and sound great.

 
5.0

Fender Black Tapewound

By Keith-UjNko

from Gorham, ME

Just put these on my Ibanez 890 fretted (active pickups) and they sound great. I was looking for something to take the metallic edge off the tone, and these definitely fit the bill. Full sound in the low range, although possibly a little muddy sounding (more like a stand up bass). These are thick strings (E at .110 + nylon and thread, for a total of 2.794mm), so beware if you don't have a lot of extra room. Very comfortable and easy to play with low vibration. Excellent for practice.

 
5.0

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By Tank-rQKPU

from New Jersey

I put these on my epiphone viola bass. It gets that classic Mc Cartney sound. These will not eat up your frets! They also sound great on my Jazz Bass.

 
5.0

Very Nice Surprise

By TheWoolyMammoth

from Undisclosed

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I got these just as an experiment for a different sound on my fretless and fretted basses. I found the sound actualy very pleasent. They are brighter than flats and well defined but the plastic wrap actualy "clangs" well and makes them very easy to slap. I would rate them as warmer than rounds by a slight ammount but not even close to say Thomastick flats. But easy to slap and the best thing is that they produce great harmonics. I find it easy to get and hear well defined harmonics in the midle of my playing more so than with other strings I have tried. This was the thing that sold me on them. Also a bonus is they last almost for ever. You can just leave them on and on and on they stay about the same as after one week for a long time. I find that keeping on top of intonation as the strings "evolve" over time keeps them sounding great I would argue you can just keep them until the wrap wears off or they break, well...almost. They are very soft on frets. I have used these as my do everything strings. I admit the DR rounds are great for their thing and the Thomastick flats do that sound like no other. But these give you a good mellow sound, a good slap, defined harmonics and very flexible tone. If you have good EQ on your bass or preamp then these will do the job, and the other job and that job too. Well you get the point and at the price its not as bad as it could be to give them a try. I am glad I did because I now use them on my basses because I can put them on and not waste strings by having to rotate them despite less use on some basses. And they do all the sounds well so you can just pick it us and go. You may have to adjust the intonation if you haven't touched it in a long time in order to get the harmonics back in line but thats it. A solid string and good value.

 
5.0

Awesome Sound

By Fassman316

from Calabash, NC

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I've always used phosphor bronze bass strings on my acoustic electric bass, mostly due to concerns over string tension, acoustic capabilities, etc. I finally bit the bullet and ordered a set of Fender Tapewounds because the bronze roundwounds were starting to get a bit too bright and "zingy" for my taste. Slapped these babies on, and WATCH OUT! Tone, tone, tone... and more tone! I can't believe these strings aren't marketed more for acoustic/electrics. Great response, tension is just right, and it looks cool, too! Do yourself a favor, spend the $ and pick up a set.

 
5.0

BEST STRINGS EVER

By ssssss23331

from miami

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these are the best strings ever. my basses had roundwound strings(stock ones about 2 months old) and both basses sounded bad. i though it was my amp. but i didnt know because i run through a hartke stack. so i put these on cause ive played them before and they sound so good and play awsome. so i put them on and pluged in and they sounded so good. get them now.

 
5.0

Not just for a fretless bass either!!!

By Kevin Ward

from Georgetown/Lexington KY

I've been using these strings for the past 5 years on my Ernie Ball Stingray Musicman and the sound is incredible. The frets are in perfect shape. My fingers are in perfect shape. The sound is exactly what I've been searching for. These things last. I keep a set on for a year before I change them. They are still sounding great, but I don't want to take any chances on stage. You really need to try these on your fretted basses as well.

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