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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings  

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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

    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.

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    1.0

    Worst strings I've played in 25 years!

    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.

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    5.0

    Low tension---Unique sound!

    By Rhythm Man

    from Arkansas USA

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!

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    5.0

    My fingers love me again

    By Retriever

    from Indiana

    I bought these to put on my latest tinker toy fretless bass. Gotta say I'm liking the feel on that particular bass a lot. Good mellow tone and super polite to my digits. Makes playing on my basses strung with roundwounds seem almost like a mild form of punishment. For the price I might get another set to put on my acoustic bass for kicks and giggles. Make that two sets, gonna keep a set ready for a spare. I can't say anything about longevity yet (only been using them for 10 days or so) but again, at the current price it's not going to break me if they go dead every couple of months. Overall, I think these will be my fretless strings of choice until I find something better.

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    2.0

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

    By FooFighter2112

    from Oklahoma

    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.

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    5.0

    perfect acoustic bass strings

    By That Guy From That Place

    from Pingree Grove

    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.

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    5.0

    Awesome Sound

    By Fassman316

    from Calabash, NC

    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.

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    5.0

    HI-MILEAGE 9120s!

    By TeleCatter

    from Montana

    Okay, my 1966 P-Bass has only had these black tape-wounds for most of its life, and it is evident in the lack of wear on the fretboard. I love them for the acoustic warmth and non-metallic playability. IF I ever decide to sell my bass, having had these strings will add to its value immensely. I have used it to great effect on every style from bluegrass to blues & jazz -- but not heavy metal! Truly a classic sound. Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    Just right for my style

    By PickN4Him

    from WSS, WV

    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.

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