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La Bella Electric Bass Guitar Hofner Beatle Bass Round Wound (34" Wound Length, not suitable for any instrument other than a Beatle Bass), .050 - .100, 760RHBB

La Bella Electric Bass Guitar Hofner Beatle Bass Round Wound  (34" Wound Length, not suitable for any instrument other than a Beatle Bass), .050 - .100, 760RHBB
Manufacturer:
La Bella
Manufacturer Part #:
760RHBB
SKU:
LAB_760RHBB
Price:
$42.46

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By Seth
August 25, 2012
La Bellas on a 1963 Cantilever neck Hofner
These are new so I expect them to be snappier and brighter than the old D'Addarios I took off. The D'Addario would barely fit my 1963 Re-issue German made Hofner with the cantilever neck that juts over the top of the body. The top vibrates more with these than the "Club" bass. The LaBellas fit perfectly. The D"Addarios require trimming the cloth off of the full diameter portion of the string back to the tapered leaders. They sound fine. I noticed no extra flex in the neck, but this German made bass is light and sturdy as a rock. The action is kind of high, but to lower it I need to sand the bridge base. I can play it just fine as is. The strings were brighter with a deeper low end. I retubed the preamp with a brighter 12AX7, but may go back to the RCA 12AX7 over the Sino 12AX7B. The only issue I took with the LaBellas was they look rather unpolished and dingy compared to other flat wounds I took off. I did not notice any huge difference in tension or playability going from 45-50 and 95-105 or whatever it was. If anything I like it better. I can get louder with out feedback with these. I use a modified Bassman 50 which is an oddball transitional early CBS/Leo model missing a 12AX7 over most other Bassman 50s, so it is closer to a cross with a Marshall and a Fender, and now I can use 6L6GCs, EL34s, 6550s, 7027As. 7851s, all with a turn of a switch and bias adjustment. I have not tried them on my SVT yet, but having used both amps know what to expect. (Louder) If anything maybe my Hofner needed some more neck relief. I like the way the strings play and sound. They are not the best ever, but they are also not $115. I can't hear $70 difference either!
By Davy R
February 20, 2010
Deeper Low End but High Tension & Stiffer Feel!
I bought these for my 1965 Hofner "Beatle" Bass. They replaced the long scale Rotosound Roundwounds Swing 66 set with a 105 "E" that I forced onto the short scale Hofner. These LaBella strings had higher tension (I had to adjust the neck), they had a stiffer feel (but you get used to it) and they had a deep low end and less high end. Better sounding IMHO.

So, it's a trade-off of better sounding but hight tension and stiffer feel.

 

NOTE

DESCRIPTION

DIAMETER INCHES

TENSION LBS

1st G

Round Wound Nickel Plated Steel

.050

 

2nd D

Round Wound Nickel Plated Steel

.065

 

3rd A

Round Wound Nickel Plated Steel

.080

 

4th E

Round Wound Nickel Plated Steel

.100

 



 

La Bella Strings

"The origin of the use of catgut for the strings of violins and kindred instruments has, from time to time, been explained in various ways.

The most interesting, and probably the most authoritative explanation seems to be the one known among violin makers in Italy for centuries, but little known outside the country. The story is related by Joseph Primavera, who gathered his material in the little town of Salle, Pescara, Italy, a town that has had for almost six centuries the making of catgut strings as its chief industry, and from which some of the finest strings in the musical world have come.

It all goes back to around 1300 AD, it seems, when Salle was already famous for its saddles. Not the least important feature of these leather products was the fact that a thread made from the intestines of a mountain sheep was used in sewing them. This thread was found to be far stronger than that made from more domesticated and better cared for sheep of the valleys.

Tradition at Salle says that at the dawn of the fourteenth century one Erasmo was employed in the chief industry of the town, the making of saddles. As this man was drying some sheep intestines in order to make his thread, some were carried away by the wind, and became lodged in a thorn bush.

Erasmo noticed that sweet musical sounds were emitted as the material was vibrated by the wind blowing through the bush. Being an observant man, and an ingenious one, the thought came to him that the threads used in sewing saddles might also be used as strings in the primitive instruments that were ancestors of the violin. Thus the business of making violins strings from "catgut" (more will be said later regarding the origin of the word itself) began, and so important did the industry become to the small town that eventually Erasmo was sainted, and St. Erasmo is not only the patron saint of the town, but also the profession of string making.

When asked regarding their strings, the people of Salle, so the tradition states, said that they were made of the intestines of cats, "catgut". There was good reason for this. The cat was viewed with superstition in Italy, and the slaying of a cat was supposed to be followed by a period of bad luck. The fiddle string makers of Salle reasoned that few indeed would attempt to copy their trade, if it involved slaying cats.

Mr. Primavera, by searching church records, found that from the beginning of the industry in the time of St. Erasmo, until about 1700, four centuries, the families of Berti, Dorazio, Mari, and Ruffini were famous for making violin strings. These families furnished the strings for products of Stradivarius and other master makers of violins during this period. About 1640 Mari Brothers became the leaders in the manufacture of "catgut" strings. This tradition is followed today by the same family. E. & O. Mari, Inc., located in Newburgh, New York, USA carries on the tradition. Many of their products are marketed under the world famous name "La Bella". These music strings are recognized as the finest the world over."

 

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