#1
What is the point in plastic strings like my mate has them on his bass and I never understood what difference they made apart from the feel of the strings...

What sort of sound do they make?
Are they for a specific genre?
etc!

#2
As in plastic-covered, right? I've never tried them, but my best guess would be a darker sound than regular nickel wound, with pretty chilled-out harmonics/transients. Probably darker than flatwounds. Probably suited for anything where you want to keep well out of the guitarist's frequency range; anything but slap bass or traditionally trebly genres like punk or black metal.

I'm not really a bassist, though, so that's mostly a slightly educated guess.
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#3
You'll have to explain what you mean by plastic strings. There are string with thin plastic coatings that help keep the tone fresh for an extended period.

I can see how plastic or rubber strings would work on a fretless bass with piezo pickups or something, but never have seen them in person.
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You'll have to explain what you mean by plastic strings. There are string with thin plastic coatings that help keep the tone fresh for an extended period.

I can see how plastic or rubber strings would work on a fretless bass with piezo pickups or something, but never have seen them in person.

http://www.daddario.com/DADProductFamily.Page?ActiveID=3768&familyid=20
^I'm assuming this kind of thing?
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#6
^Those are extremely "thumpy". Great for traditional jazz, a bit of R&B or Reggae. Not very loud un-amplified though.
#7
Thats exactly what I was thinking of
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#9
Nylon coated strings were made in the sixties for people transition from the double bass to the bass guitar so they could get a warmed and more rubber-band like tone. I really like their sound and feel, especially getting the percussive sounds with the tone fully open; I'd use them more often if they weren't a bitch when it comes to fret buzz, intonation and nut slots.
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Nylon coated strings were made in the sixties for people transition from the double bass to the bass guitar so they could get a warmed and more rubber-band like tone. I really like their sound and feel, especially getting the percussive sounds with the tone fully open; I'd use them more often if they weren't a bitch when it comes to fret buzz, intonation and nut slots.


Ahhhhhhh okay I understand now, the sound of them is okay but I just don't like the feel of Nylon coated strings
#11
I have basses with 2 different sets of nylons.

My Fender tapewounds are still snappy after 5 years. They feel like roundwounds with an 8-track tape wrap on them.

The D'Addario nylons are completely different. Those are a mellow warm and very thumpy. They wrap those and then grind them down to size giving a them a super smooth feel. They almost feel like a single piece of nylon and make flats feel like rounds. I love how these feel and play.
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I have basses with 2 different sets of nylons.

My Fender tapewounds are still snappy after 5 years. They feel like roundwounds with an 8-track tape wrap on them.

The D'Addario nylons are completely different. Those are a mellow warm and very thumpy. They wrap those and then grind them down to size giving a them a super smooth feel. They almost feel like a single piece of nylon and make flats feel like rounds. I love how these feel and play.


I'm not a big fan of smooth strings I prefer like stainless steel strings which have a metallic sound to it