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Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings  

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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
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (22)
  • Consistent (14)
  • Long life (11)
  • Well built / quality (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Concerts (7)
    • Back-up (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Made an inexpensive bass sound great

    I bought a used Squier Jazz Bass and was only planning to use it for a practice bass. The strings were a bit old, so I thought I would put on a set of...Read complete review

    I bought a used Squier Jazz Bass and was only planning to use it for a practice bass. The strings were a bit old, so I thought I would put on a set of strings that would give it a different sound than a standard set of round-wounds like I have on my other basses.

    Installation was a breeze, and the feel of the strings was an immediate improvement! (Tip: Take the time while changing strings to clean and dress your rosewood fretboard with some Dunlop 65 Lemon oil!)

    OK, so how will these strings sound? I was thinking they would give me a sort of thick sound similar to a Precision Bass sound, but these strings give the bass an almost growl tone - very rich and full and solid. Definitely not a thin sound by any means. I even played a few shows with these strings (remember this is a very inexpensive bass with less than top-of-the-line pickups) and I absolutely love the tone from these strings. Playability was also great for slides and other string techniques, and after playing for 4+ hours my fingers were noticeably less sore than with round wound strings.

    About the only thing they do not do as well as round wound strings is handle being played really hard, almost like these strings self-limit themselves in volume and tone. But a classic slap tone sounds great with these as long as you play accurately and cleanly. (Regular round-wound strings can hide a lot more noise and these strings require more technique as you will hear all of your mistakes and not-so-perfect playing much more clearly when slapping)

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    5.0

    GOOD SOUND....AWESOME TEXTURE

    By ty456

    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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      5.0

      This worked!

      By bass man Bryan

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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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        4.0

        Very playable strings

        By bedwards1948

        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

          By Masonian

          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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          5.0

          Round-wound sound/No finger noise

          By Pedro

          from West of the Heart of Texas

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

              I love these strings. Be sure that you're looking for a round-wound sound. That's what they are underneath the nylon. I think the bad reviews at other sites are from people looking for a jazz sound, and these are just too bright. These are an excellent way to upgrade an entry-level bass that has "thin" sounding pickups and too much finger noise. Another advantage is they're easy on the frets.

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              5.0

              Try Them

              By 12thTuesday

              from St Petersburg FL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                I have always liked the sound and feel of these on my stock Ibanez SR800 -they make a comfortable bass playable for hours on stage with little fatigue. Very cool tension and tone. Everyone is different so just try them out.

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                4.0

                Good

                By johnpmcd

                from NH

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fretless

                  Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                  Sound good. Little thump. Good mwah on a fretless. Very low tension. Thick. Appear to be D'Adario in the box. I cold be wrong. Had to file they nut at the G string a tiny bit to get it to seat. Great for the price. I'l keep using these.

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                  5.0

                  Need to Try Them (if you haven't)

                  By preacherbarryg

                  from Cullman, AL

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy on fingers
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Old School Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Gospel
                    • Jazz
                    • RB

                    Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                    Love the feel, looks and sound of these strings. I also play the upright bass and these strings are the closest sound to the upright for an electric bass. Great for Southern Gospel and Jazz. Musician's Friend has the best price! Fast shipping too.

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                    5.0

                    The sound is round ....

                    By The Ol' Pro

                    from S. F. Bay Area

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                      This string makes a bass sound like a bass.
                      This string does not make a bass sound like a guitar.

                      It's all in what kind sound you might be looking for, isn't it? This string is my only choice.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent product / great value

                      By Steve

                      from St Louis

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                          I have used the previous Fender tape wound round wounds for years (7120s) on several basses. I mainly play fretless so having the round wound gets much more bite than typical flat wounds and the tape keeps the fret boards in great shape. I have an old Alembic fretless, a fretless Fender Precision A/E hollow body w/ a buffer pre-amp for the piezos and a fretted franken-p-bass made from various Fender parts and using active EMGs. All sound great. I mainly play through an Ampeg PF500 head and a Mark Bass 2X10 bottom and have had zero issues with these strings. They get a lot of crisp high end and a phenomenal bottom end possibly also due to the fact all three basses are active. Overall a great product and I would definitely recommend them. I usually change them every 6 months. The only thing negative I have found is that the tape kind of starts to get rough, especially on the fretted p-bass after 5-6 months, but I play a lot. I play in a jazz band as well as sitting in constantly w/ various blues players around St Louis so I have no idea how they would be for slap bass or other types of music. I do constantly get positive feedback as far as the sound of my rig. One of the best things about these strings is they are very quiet sliding on a fretless. I keep a couple extra sets around at all times but have never had one break.

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