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Strings for Double BassStrings for Electric Upright Bass (EUB)
Strings for Double BassStrings for 3/4 and 4/4 size Basses

LaBella 7710N BLACK Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings

         Manufactured by: LaBella

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Labella Black Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass StringsLabella Black Nylon Tape Wound
These strings are a favorite of jazz bassist Ron Carter, and are pretty popular for that and other reasons. They are metal rope core strings, surrounded by a black nylon wrap, for a smooth feel. They were originally designed to emulate gut, but they have a bit more of the feel and sustain characteristics of steel strings. The bottom end is good, and the steel core gives them a strong fundamental. I don't personally think that they sound all that much like gut - their pitch is clearer and sustain longer - but they are like a slightly "muted" steel string.

Like most strings with a nylon or perlon outer winding, they're not a great choice for arco (bowing) as the bow has trouble "gripping" the material. You can work with alternate rosin choices, and even "scuff up" the outer surface a bit with fine steel wool, to create some purchase for the bow, but coupled with the stiffness of these particular strings, bowability is definitely not their strong suit.

Labella does not list gauges, but I have taken the time to measure all the strings using a digital caliper and present the following unofficial approximate measurements for your reference: G=.061, D=.077, A=.100, E=.134

NEW! We now carry the string set made specifically to fit the Ampeg Baby Bass, as well as sets for basses with E-string extensions and 5-Strings with a high C string.

Over 30 years ago, Ron Carter came to La Bella Strings with a vision: a jazz string that captured the rich tone of gut and sustain of steel, but without the headaches of gut and overly metallic sound of chrome. Months of R&D alongside Ron Carter and Attila Zoller resulted in the formation behind the 7710N Black Nylon Tape Wound Double Bass set. Wound with a black nylon tape outer-wrapping, this unique string design is ideal for jazz pizzicato, particularly solos. The result is a bright attack with a warm tone, creating a set truly unparalleled by any other double bass set on the market.



  • very smooth feel
  • Ron Carter's reported favorite
  • Not good for arco (bowing)
  • Labella's Deep Talkin' Bass


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