09-11-2013 10:37 AM
Seems to be a bit of a homecoming here lately...I haven't been around for a long while. Lots of familiar faces. Good to be back. (Some of you may be more familiar with my former screen name of Pawn Shop Rig.)
Now; a request:
I really like the sound and feel of the strings that came on my BTB 1000 when I bought it used a couple months ago. The original owner believed they were the stock strings - which according to Ibanez would be Elixr Nanoweb; but these don't look or feel like Elixr strings. (And to be honest - don't play like 10-year-old strings...)
Here's what I know and some photos:
-Bridge end is silver/brass in color on all 4 strings
-Windings alternate color with standard nickel/silver and a black-ish/cobalt blue (I'm not concerned about the color if the same strings are available in all silver/nickel)
-No wrap at the peg head end
-No apparent "coating" on the strings (I play Elixr nano on my acoustic guit. and know what to expect there...)
-Alternating color windings continue after taper on E string near tuner
-They certainly don't look like a Half-wound, but feel smoother than the D'Addario, GHS, and Ernie Ball strings I have used before.
I sincerely appreciate any info anyone can offer.
09-11-2013 12:58 PM
I remember reading an article about a string like that 10 years ago or more. They were trying to be a hybrid of flat and round wound. I think the idea was that the smaller piece of wrap between the wider flat pieces would give it the flexibility of rounds, but the tone and smoothness of flats.
I can't remember the manufacturer. Wouldn't be surprised if they were no longer being made. The alternating wrap process made them more difficult and more expensive to produce.
09-11-2013 01:16 PM
Interesting...thanks. Now that you mention it that concept sounds a little familiar. A quick google search hasn't brought up any meaningful info though.
09-11-2013 02:46 PM
I'm still just struck by my lack of noticing the two different gauges of winding. Intriguing.
Do you happen to recall what they were trying to call them? Obviously not a half round. Any info might help me narrow it down to an obscure brand.
09-11-2013 11:40 PM
Probably 'way off track but DR makes "Zebra" strings for acoustic/electric guitars that have both steel and bronze windings. Possibly this is something similar?
09-12-2013 10:58 AM
I've done some searching last night and today based on all of that - still no viable results...
I've checked out the Wind Tasting article from BassPlayer too...no results.
Anyone else care to chime in? I'm really curious.
09-12-2013 11:42 AM
09-12-2013 11:53 AM
It is possible that whomever was making them went out of business and Ibanez got a bulk deal on whatever stock they had left.
Just speculating, but it wouldn't be the first time something like that happened.
09-12-2013 12:01 PM
09-12-2013 02:20 PM
For those who may care or be following (and ti give the thread some resolution); here's the word from Jason at bassstringsonline.com
"Discontinued slow wounds from D'Addario.
The current xl nickels use the same formula they say. However they do not have the colored windings."
09-20-2013 08:29 AM
A member over at talkbass feels that the Slowounds are not the strings in the photos.
I found some online from a UK retailer. They were surprisingly affordable so I have them on their way. We'll know soon.
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