Strings for Fretless Synapse?
Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:04 AM
LaBella does not seem to offer a double-ball-end set of flat-wound strings for this fretless. Is it more difficult to use single-ball strings? Any caveats?
Do they ship with flat-wound strings? What kind, if anyone knows?
I'm considering using LaBella black nylon tape-wound strings -- anyone tried this?
This would be my first fretless bass. Thanks for any feedback.
Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:58 AM
Tapewounds. I had a set awhile back, and the guage was too floppy. I researched them recently on juststrings.com and the carvin site. IIR, they come from two companies; buy the one with the heavier guage which is, I think, LaBella. They recently changed the gauge of their C strings from a wimpy .030 or .027 to a decent .037. If you buy a C string, instead of a B, make sure it's the newer stock of the thicker guage. The nylon doesn't add as much mass as a normal metal outer winding does, so the thicker guage is way needed, or else you need to play with a really, really light touch. They're very hip, though, since your fingertips won't hurt after a 4 hour gig.
Fretless is the way to go. The side dots at every fret on the Synapse is, IMHO, way too confusing. I blacked out all but the usual 3-5-7-9-12 fret dots. But that's just me. Liness fretless have the side dots at the fret instead of between, so are more useful at-a-glance. Good luck with it!
Posted 29 October 2008 - 06:21 AM
Posted 30 October 2008 - 11:02 PM
Very helpful on phone, sent set of 4 LaBella, & a low B to make up the set. They've just gone on, and seem to be the answer to my 5 string fretless prayers. Not cheap after VAT is added, but worth it!! Fret markers seem to be set at the middle of the 'frets',making it not bad to position, especially if the bass is held with its 'head' higher than its body when played. But how does one intonate the thing using the adjustable bridge.......
Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:54 AM
Anyone else check their headstock? Is this the sizes they're supposed to be?
Oh, and I called Gibson to ask about this but first thing they asked is where did I get it and then they told me since it wasn't an "authorized" dealer they wouldn't honor the warranty. NICE.....
Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:22 AM
A warning about juststrings.com: they will not accept returns on any open strings, _at all_, even completely unused ones that were never wound on to the instrument tuning peg. This is their policy. I tried to argue my case, but they are very firm about this. Because of this I"m not shopping with them any more. It's one thing if I can't return a $4 set of Ernie Balls 11s or something, but some of these bass strings are very pricey.
I had a conversation with one of the head honchos at La Bella. He was very friendly though, and said he would take the strings back even though juststrings.com will not. Basically, he said that whatever I decide to do, I won't have to eat the cost of unused strings I can't use. He suggested that if I sent them the Synapse they would make a set of strings that would fit it exactly.
However, then I dropped the ball -- got very busy, we had a new baby and all that! But I may yet do that, since I have a hard case to ship it in. It is possible then that they would have the specs so that they could easily make a set for any other fretless 5 or 4 synapse owners, or even list them in the catalog. I have been too busy recently with a new baby to get the thing shipped out but if/when I do, I will add a note.
Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:34 AM
I've been playing bass more often so the topic of strings for the Synapse is on my mind again -- I will speak to LaBella again about the tape-wound strings. It seems the flatwounds on my Synapse are getting older and now when I play them and do slides my fingers wind up feeling burned -- literally burned, like they've become more abrasive. That's no fun, so I have an incentive to solve this!
Posted 09 March 2010 - 01:27 AM
Go to On-Line Shop -> Bass Strings -> Double-Ball and choose your type.
They also make GREAT graphite basses (remember when Steinberger was famous for that?) - I love the look of their Streamline bass :
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