La Bella Vapor Shield bass strings, 4, 5, 6 string: La Bella, HAND MADE STRINGS, bass :: For Sale, UK, EU Basses Guitars Accessories at Bass Direct , Warwick


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La Bella Vapor Shield 4 40 60 80 100 - £34.99

La Bella Vapor Shield 4 45 65 85 105 - Discontinued

La Bella Vapor Shield 5 40 60 80 100 118 - Discontinued

La Bella Vapor Shield 5 45 65 85 105 130 - £49.99

La Bella Vapor Shield 6 30 40 60 80 100 118 - £59.99

La Bella Vapor Shield 6 30 45 65 85 105 130 - Discontinued

Dingwall Fit Vapor Shield 5 - 45/65/85/105/125 - Discontinued

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Welcome to the next generation of extended-life strings. La Bella Vapor Shield™ strings are like no other string on the market because the surface of the string is modified during the treatment process. Coated strings are now a thing of the past.


Using a highly sophisticated Ionic Vapor Process™ developed by Acoustic Science, proprietary compounds are activated in a glow discharge electromagnetic plasma, and the surface of all strings are modified. The result is a string protected from dirt, oil, residue, and tarnishing. Most importantly, string playability and life is extended without flaking or compromising tone.

THE LA BELLA VAPOR SHILED™ DIFFERENCE. The technology behind La Bella Vapor Shield™ is unlike any other string. The entire surface and full-length of all strings are treated with a nucleated polymer vapor material that requires hours of complex prep and processing; no spraying or dipping. The results are unmatched:

TONE. BRIGHTER than typical coated strings AND non-treated strings.

FEEL. The Ionic Vapor Process™ improves the string’s surface properties, resulting in SMOOTHER strings vs. both typical coated and non-treated strings.

LIFE-SPAN. Lasts 5x longer than non-treated strings.

ENDURANCE No flaking after extended play. Impervious to grime, tarnishing and oil residue.

-Nickel-Plated Round Wound treated with Ionic Vapor Process™
-Slick mutated surface is resistant to oil and grime
-Made in the USA with American Wire
-Packaged using MAP Technology (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) to prevent tarnishing and ensure freshness

Historical Background

In the 17th century, the small town of Salle in the Abruzzi region of Italy was considered one of the string centers in Europe. Local church records reveal that the most important string manufacturing families were Berti, Dorazio, Ruffini and MARI. Famous throughout Europe for fabricating the finest gut strings for lutes, guitars and violins, their craft also included constructing some of the earliest strings for wire strung instruments.


Established in the 1640's in Salle, the Mari family became one of the suppliers of violin strings to both Amati and Stradivari in Cremona. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the "House of Mari" also operated a metal foundry that manufactured church bells.


In 1913, the two brothers, Emilio and Olinto Mari left the family business to seek new opportunities in America. They settled in New York City where they produced both gut and steel strings in their small apartment in lower Manhattan. As the word spread among musicians in the area, so did the popularity of their product. A local music store grew very fond of the high quality hand made strings the two brothers produced, and made them an offer to help expand. The first factory opened in the year 1914 on 170 Fifth Avenue. The American dream for the two young immigrants had arrived.  The business expanded in 1922 with the opening of a second factory in Lanciano, Abruzzi.


At the 1927 "First Exposition Trade Show" of Tripoli, North Africa, the Italian government awarded the "Gold Medal Diploma" to the company for their dedication and excellence as manufacturers. As a leading producer of high quality strings for the entire violin family including the harp, E. & O. Mari offered both " La Preferita" and the "La Bella Brand" of orchestral gut strings. Since the twenties the trade name " La Bella" has remained to describe a superior product. 


In 1937, with the outbreak of World War II on the horizon, E. & O. Mari decided to close their Italian factory. During the early Forties, the Manhattan operation moved to Long Island City, New York and remained there nearly forty years. Changing locations in 1981, the factory's present site is in Newburgh, New York.


Today E. & O. Mari/ La Bella Strings is still a family owned and operated company - passed from Olinto Mari to his daughter Elisabetta Mari and her son Richard Mari Cocco Jr., President and her grandson Eric Cocco, Vice-President. An advocate of the arts and music education worldwide- E. & O. Mari sponsors jazz and rock performance clinics, professional artist appearances and residencies. La Bella also supports many guitar festivals and competitions by subsidizing scholarships and awards.

We actually make a specific flat wound Mustang set just for these basses: 760FL-MUS (we just can't advertise them as Mustang's b/c Fender doesn't like that). I highly suggest this set over the round wound set, but if they'd like a round, any medium scale set would work. e.g RX Series, M Series, SN Series e.g. RX-N4A-M, SN45-M, M42-M, RX-S5D-M


I beg to differ about our scale lengths being complicated! Is pretty different across the board. 


Here's the most important info any bass player needs to know about our strings, which is our string length winding (scale is a useless term, especially when stringing through the body like with a Mustang bass or a Fender that strings through the body):


Short Scale - 32" Winding

Medium Scale - 34" Winding

Long Scale - 37" Winding

Extra Long Scale - 38" Winding

Hofner Beatle Bass Sets: 34" Winding

760F-MUS for Mustang Bass (through-body): 33.25" Winding 

Bass VI Sets: 35.5" Winding

Jaguar VI Sets: 32" Winding

Danelectro Sets: 32" Wound String Length




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