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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 63 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (40)
  • Consistent (26)
  • Long life (21)
  • Well built / quality (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Concerts (17)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (13), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice and Thumpy

By atomicdog

from Petaluma CA

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Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Sound All Its Own

By Rhythm Man

from Arkansas USA

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Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

I need to make a disclaimer. I am totally sold on these strings. We have five basses (as of today), and two of our instruments are strung with Fender Nylons. I originally bought a set of Fender Nylons for a fretless bass---and they are really easy on the fretboard. I loved the feel of these strings so much on the fretless that I bought a second set and strung them on a Squier (Fretted) Jazz Bass. They are a relatively low tension string, so they are less stressful on the neck of the Squier. That is one advantage. Fret noise is very low---the second advantage. Because they are actually a roundwound string wrapped in nylon, it is possibly to do a credible slap and pop, but without the piercing highs of regular round wounds. Being able to slap/pop is what I consider the third advantage of these strings. I personally like the mid-range emphasis when slapping and popping, but I understand that some bassists will feel just the opposite. And if slap and pop is your main thing, then the traditional steel or nickel roundwound will probably serve you better. I like the Fender Nylon wrapped because I usually slap and pop for just a few bars here and there. Mostly I like a more mellow thumpy sound they give for finger picking. However, they are not as thumpy as a regular flatwound. Finally, they are incredibly easy on the fingers both due to the nylon wrap and also because of the lower tension---the fourth advantage. If you have never played a low tension string, these will require a little learning curve. In my book the Fender Nylon is somewhere between the flatwound and the roundwound for sound quality. They have the plusses of both kinds without the minuses of either.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very Nice!

By johnthebassist24

from Morehead, KY

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Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, unique strings

By Conor

from Northwest Indiana

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

  • Doesn't Fit All Bridges
  • Little Resonation

Best Uses

  • Hollow Body

Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

Excellent tone...I put these on a hollow body violin bass. It gave it this great dark, ominous tone. The only cons I have were the strings don't quite fit the openings on my bridge because of there is a clump of nylon fabric towards the end and there is little resonation, so not very good for whole notes or longer.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Black Strings

By Petr Metlicka

from MA

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Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

Maybe not as smooth as regular 'smooth' bass strings, but sound great on my electric acoustic fretless, even when amplified!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unique string for a unique sound

By Queevil

from Waco, TX

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Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

I love these strings. I've used them for a while. They are better than any conventional flatwound string that I've used. The tension is extremely low. That combined with the nylon material allows my fingers to glide across the strings with ease which is great for fast passages. They have the dark, thumpy sound of most flats but also have a bit of brightness to them since they are, in fact, a roundwound string wrapped in a black nylon tape. So, they retain a bit more note definition than traditional flats. They also last a really long time. They have a bit of a nasally tone at first but it begins to subside after about a week and the darkness begins to come through. I gave the strings a 4.5 in features because as good as they are they will never sound like a traditional roundwound string but they do most other things very well. I have my fretless Jazz bass strung with these and I couldn't imagine a better string for that bass. I tend to buy gear that is versatile so that I can get the most bang for my hard earned money and these strings are no exception. I feel like I could use them for most genres of music that I like to play. The fact that they're inexpensive makes them a great value. I recommend these strings to anyone who is looking for something different in their sound but especially for those musicians who have tried flats in the past only to be turned off by them. You may end up liking these more than rounds.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender 9120M Nylon Tapewound bass String

By Rock_Mumbles

from Podunk, Idaho

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Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

Just played these out last night, a 4 set gig, I'm impressed!I have a Washburn T24, that I like but the guitar player I work with doesn't like its "modern scooped sound" with the EB 100 Slinky's on it. These are not nearly as smooth as the D'Addario Chromes on my Jazz bass, but they have a softer feel, and are much easier to play (think faster). They are not the "old-school" nylon flub strings, they are a roundwound with a nylon tape covering, they sound like a well behaved roundwound. They have a better "midrange" Jazz bass tone than the Slinky's. I play hard, and the lack of fret noise was a really nice feature. They are made in the USA, come in a sealed poly bag, and have colored coded ball ends.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Strings!!

By David

from undisclosed

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great feeling strings, versatile sound

By Masonian

from Las Vegas, NV

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound

By George

from Sebastian Fl

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

      Great strings I've had them on my Kingman bass for about 3 years now. They last a long time, and they sound like your playing a standup. Have a set on a fender jazz bass also. Easy on the fingers and no string noise.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Tapewounds Ever!!!!!

      By camocomposer

      from Hudson Valley, NY

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

          These are simply the best tapewound electric bass strings. Great feel, smooth but not flat. Great tone, nice and warm with flexibility to get that wiry Fender sound as well.

          The only downside is that they only come in 4-string sets, no 5 or 6. : (

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Long time user…Because they're GREAT!

          By Buffalo_BiL

          from New Buffalo, MI

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Last For Years
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jazz Blues Rb

            Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

            How long will they last?
            I dunno, but they been on my 2 favorite bass' since 2007, plus I have an unopened set I'm not sure when I'll ever use.
            I have them on an Oscar Schmidt Delta King semi-hollow, great bass for old time blues and R&B.
            I just moved a set from an SX Jazz fretless to a new fretless I built myself.
            They're the best choice if you're searching for something close to standup acoustic bass.
            In fact I had them on a Michael Kelly fretless acoustic-electric bass. I sold that bass, but with these strings it sounded very close to standup acoustic.
            Buffalo Bill

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fender 9120M Bass Strings

            By Big D.-5IrM5

            from Leitchfield,Ky.

            Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

            After using Round Wound strings on every bass that I have owned for 40 plus years,I have made a change to Fender 9120 Tape wound and love the sound and feel.I play a 1993 Custom Les Paul with Bartilini pickups.I also own a Gibson EB-1 violin bass and an upright bass for Bluegrass and Rockabilly.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A new sound all together

            By George Gemayel

            from Alexandria city (Egypt)

            Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

            I went for these strings to improve the sound of my ibanez aeb8. the strings that came with it were too bright for my taste and i would get a lots of noises (cliks and others).It worked great...and now i get a deep full sound from my bass.For the price i believe it is worth it...it brought my Ibanez to life. Carefull though , if you are into a bright sound ...dont go for these. personaly i will keep using them forever.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            rayj

            By ray j

            from south alabama

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            Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

            easy on the fingers and makes my fender jazz sound great. more like an upright. just what i want for our style of music.
            easy on the fingers and fast

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Smooth, jazzy, comfortable and still good for rock too.

            By Chris Mann

            from Dunlap TN

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            Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

            I wanted to try tapewounds as I was going for a McCartney-ish 60s-70s tone on my P-Bass. These are really nice. Smooth and easy on the fingers. Almost feels fretless. I would say they sound like a broken in set of roundwounds with a touch of flatwound tone. They also bend and slide nicely. It makes you want to play solos above the 12th fret.

            My only complaint, and it's not a defect in the strings in any way, is that you are not grounded. It's something I didn't think about. When you play regular strings you are grounding the bass by touching them. On the tapewound you are insulated from the metal, so if your bass has any buzz when you arent touching the strings, that buzz will still be there when you play with tapewounds.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unlike any other bass string!

            By Jeff L

            from nyny

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings:

                I have played bass for 47 years and have used everything from rounds to flats and everything in between. I have never played on strings such as these.The tone and feel are wonderful.I havent tried any other tapewounds than Fender, but if they are all like these, I'll be changing the strings on all 6 of my basses soon!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent

                By Louie

                from Miami, FL

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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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very playable strings

                By Deacon

                from Fayetteville, 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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good

                  By McD

                  from Milton 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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