LA Bella Strings – Limited Edition – “Tiger’s Blood”

By: Brian Wilkes

The “Tigers Blood” strings are Copper White Nylon Tape Wound Bass Strings with Black Silken stripes under silky smooth white nylon tape,

Unfortunately no more Tigers Blood strings are available.


However, there will be another color released and they are all released in limited quantities.These strings are new to the LA Bella Line of nylon tape strings. LA Bella has had nylon tape strings in black and in white. The black nylon tape string is usually made of stainless steel with the nylon tape and the white nylon tape string comes in Golden Alloy (80/20 brass), copper and stainless steel as well.

I set up the “tiger’s Blood string” on my Warrior Isabella 5 string tenor bass.


I also used a Tsunami cables chain into a IRig2 – into an iPad air 2,with the app,Bias FX set up with a GK 800 and Beats pro studio phones. I turned all pedals off and all knobs were set to flat to get a neutral tone. The strings are very smooth and have a very warm tone to them. They have a good sound for finger style funk, and can also fit in a lot of different genres. They have a decent sustain, very warm lows and very nice, clear and crisp highs. I found it good for finger style, chords and two hand tapping. Using a pick also sounds good. The lows are pretty warm and it doesn’t have that sharp attack. The highs are also still good.

Now, slap is definitely a different sound but if you like a warm thump with a crisp high on a pull then these strings might be for you.  However, the low end of the slap to me sounds very muted. I really believe these would work great on a fretless bass as well. Especially if you want a round wound, warm sound, these are perfect because they do not have a lot of sliding noise that normal round wounds have. These strings are smooth as Silk because that nylon tape gets rid of the sound of me sliding on the strings.

LA Bella is doing a great job making innovating strings for all instruments. They have been making hand made strings in the U.S. since 1914 which makes them one of the oldest string companies in the United States. The family has been making strings since 1640. These new nylon tape strings are available now as they just released this style at the 2016 NAMM show. If you want more info or to buy some LA Bella string go to:


I know I am going to start putting these on my fretless!

Hope you found this helpful.

WARRIOR Bella 62 J Bass

By Brian Wilkes

Warrior basses are legendary and when they came out with this 60’s style bass when the Jazz bass became a legend, I just had to have one!  This bass is inspired by the tone of the old style and brings it into a modern time.  The past is preserved, using only the finest materials with no rushing involved. Each of these Bella basses are built by hand in the USA by Warrior and this particular one is #18.

#18 – 5 string bass in a J bass style.


The bass is called Bella 62. They also have an “Isabella” and a “Dran Michael”. The founder and owner of Warrior, JD, told me that he will be adding the Bella to his line of basses. This bass has a great sound and you can get this P bass sound especially if you put wound strings on it for a nice J bass Jaco sound.

The bass has good action and a nice finish the all around.BassCraversWarriorBella6

The clear coat on the body and the urethane finish on the neck and fingerboard makes it very smooth, topped off with black binding on the neck and black block inlays on the fingerboard. The sound comes from a P bass Bar-tolini pick up in the middle, and a Fralin J bass pickup at the bridge and a black and silver Hipshot A style bridge also silver Hipshot tuning heads. Also with a Bartolini 2 band eq with a Volume, pan, mid range tone, bass and tre-ble knobs. The bass and treble are stacked. And has a white tortoise shell pick guard.

This is a great bass if you are looking for a bass that can do just about anything. It looks good and plays and sounds great!

Swamp ash body and Maple neck  


Maple fretboard, Fralin j and Bartolini p pickups with Bartolini 2 band EQ