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Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings   

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Gauges: 58-72-92-110.Fender has been an instrument of choice for many of the greatest musicians since 1946. Fender's popularity through the generatio...Read More

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Nylon tapewound for an upright bass sound.

Gauges: 58-72-92-110.

Fender has been an instrument of choice for many of the greatest musicians since 1946. Fender's popularity through the generations is a result of their design innovations and commitment to quality. These electric bass strings reflect this legacy and are worthy of the Fender name. Attention to detail and the finest materials ensure that you will get the best feeling and greatest sounding replacement strings, set after set.

Fender 9120s Nylon Tapewound bass strings with a nylon wrapping over the metal core deliver a warm, smooth tone like the thump of an upright bass.


Make history and compelling music with these tapewound bass strings when you depend on Fender.

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Fender9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 44 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (28)
  • Consistent (18)
  • Well built / quality (14)
  • Long life (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Concerts (12)
  • Back-up (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (9), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice and Thumpy

I used to use nylon-wound bass strings back in the day (in the 1960s, on a Vox Phantom IV) and I loved them, even though the wrapping took a beating when I played...Read complete review

I used to use nylon-wound bass strings back in the day (in the 1960s, on a Vox Phantom IV) and I loved them, even though the wrapping took a beating when I played with a pick (probably wasn't that wise to use coins as picks, but . . . ). These Fender nylon-wrapped strings feel more tightly wound and better made than those first gen strings.
These add a deep, thumpy tone reminiscent of an upright bass (perfect for R&B and jazz or those '60s rock sounds of the early Stones). But they're also quite versatile. I put them on my Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass and these transformed the sound. I couldn't be happier (and the black wrapping goes so nicely with the Geddy's black-and-white color scheme.
The steel core gives them a slight latent ring. The nylon wrapping is a bit slick, so they're also fast. Not for everyone, but if you're looking to break away from the bright, edgy sound characteristic of roundwound strings, then give these a try. I'll have to see how long they last.
The Fender strings cost less than half the price of similar La Bellas.

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Very Nice!

These are unique. They're exceptional for jazz, fair / good for slap bass, and compatible with whatever else.
Thanks!
I bought these strings because I wanted something smoother /...Read complete review

These are unique. They're exceptional for jazz, fair / good for slap bass, and compatible with whatever else.
Thanks!
I bought these strings because I wanted something smoother / faster. Also, I felt like they'd motivate me to focus more on jazz music (as it takes up a large portion of my music education major).

I opened the box and to my suprise, they're solid black! I hadn't done my research!
All is well though, they're consistent with my Epiphone Les Paul bass' color scheme (cherry w/ black hardware).
These strings carry little to no restrictions. They're considerably smoother than roundwound strings, making walking bass less strenuous. As most people have said, the brightness of your tone may lessen, but that's sort of what I was going for. They also bend rather effortlessly, I feel like it's been much easier to express myself with these strings, and I believe that says it all
I see no flaws in the construction of these things, I'm curious to see how long they'll last. Regardless, I'll likely use them again.

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5.0

These Strings Deliver

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from St.Marys, GA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

    The Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings are my favorite.
    For that retro sound, flatwound strings (especially on a semi-acoustic bass) are ideal.
    For the sound that must be very bright and twangy, perhaps only roundwound strings will do.
    For anything in between, these Nylon Tapewound Strings are absolutely ideal.
    If you are playing a mixed bag that ranges form hard-core C&W to hard-charging rock'n'roll, these strings deliver.

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    5.0

    Excellent

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    from Miami, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Good Tone
    • Great tension
    • Long Life

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Mellow Tone
    • Thump

    Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

    I have Labella Tapes on one of my main basses but wanted tapewounds for a project bass I'm working on as well. I purchased the Fenders because they were one of the most affordable tapewounds I could find, and I already use Fender flatwound strings (which I like very much) on another bass, so I figured why not. To my surprise, these are pretty much just like a lighter gauge version of the Labella tapes. For those of you that do not know... Tapewounds are generally a very mellow sounding strings with little to no high end "sparkle" and these deliver in that department as one would expect from a quality string. Great thump and roundness to them. Overall I am very pleased and will probably buy these strings again in the future.

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    4.0

    Nice tone but bridge adjustment required

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    from Athens, Georgia

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

      While these strings sound nicely mellow and natural and are easily installed, the bridge had to be raised quite high because the strings vibrate in a wide pattern. On the other hand, it's not too great a problem because they get to their pitch without much tightening, so they remain smoothly easy on the fingertips. End result? Great tone, comfortable, but a fraction of a second slower in action. I haven't yet decided whether I would buy them again versus just sticking with flatwound metal strings.

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      4.0

      Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings

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      from Hercules CA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

        Easy on the fingers. Smooth as silk. Wish they had it for five strings.

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        5.0

        great strings overall

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        from gillette, wy

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

          I have only had the strings on my bass for about a week now, so its really tough to give too detailed of a review just yet. I will say however, that the feel and overall palyability is fantastic. I love the smooth soft feel that the wrap gives you. less noise, less click, and a rich tone. I am used to using flat wounds for that reason. I like these because I still get that punch from a round wound string with the smooth feel of flatwounds. Just cant beat it for the price in my mind.

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          5.0

          Excellent Strings!!

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          from Pensacola, FL

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong
          • Very Smooth Literally

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • "all-weather Strings"
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

          I've been using Fender nylon tape wound strings for many years. I have them on my Fender Jazz Bass and my Martin (1999 Road Series) Acoustic Bass. They always stay in tune and I've never had the tape separate from the string. They are the best of both worlds between flat wounds and half-rounds. They always have a deep and rich sound and they are very easy on the fingers. I have previously used round wound bass strings, but ALWAYS go back to nylon tape wounds.

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          5.0

          GOOD SOUND....AWESOME TEXTURE

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          from pleasant plains,AR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

            The strings have a rich tone to them and are less painful on the fingers.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This worked!

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            from Michigan

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            Pros

            • Good sound
            • Good Tone
            • No String Noise
            • Smooth Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acoustic Bass
              • Electric Bass

              Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

              Ok, I bought a cheep acoustic bass and replaced the strings that came on it with brass wound strings. The sound was tinny and lots of string noise and fret rattle. Now I have a cheep bass with good sounding strings, no string noise and a sound that I can adjust with the EQ on my amp. They are too quiet for just acoustic playing but amplified sound great. I will be changing the strings on my Vantage electric bass next.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very playable strings

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              from Hampstead, NC

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                I like these strings much better than the strings that came on my Fender Kingman. They play much easier and the smooth finish makes them much quiter. I am a little disappointed in the sound. From the reviews I read I was expecting a sound much closer to an upright bass. While they do have a softer sound, I don't get the sound I expected. Also, I had to adjust the action as these strings are a little thicker and I was getting a little rattle on the upper frets.

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                5.0

                Great feeling strings, versatile sound

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                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easy On Fretboard
                • Sleek Looking
                • Versatile Sound

                Cons

                • Fingers Don't Ground

                Best Uses

                • Fretless Basses

                Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                I wanted a string form my fretless bass that could sound like round-wounds but were nice to my fretboard.

                These strings were a pleasant surprise. They can snap and bite like roundwounds, but had a pleasant upright "vowel" tone.

                They are perfect if you are like me and don't care for the feel and increased string tension of flatwound strings. In fact, apart from the smooth feeling of the strings, these responded to my playing like well-broken in roundwound strings--with a touch of warmness (rather than the metallic kerrang of new strings)

                Two notes:
                1) Since these strings are wrapped in non-conductive nylon, buzzing/electronic hum is not grounded by touching the strings (single coil basses can buzz when you remove your hands from the strings)

                2) the double wrapped ball end (the lumpy part of the string end) extends nearly an inch. So measure on your bass the distance from where the ball-end is held to the saddle. If it is shorter than one inch, the lumpy double wrap will sit on the saddle.

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