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Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light

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Warm tone and smooth fingering from a light-gauge, flatwound string.

Gauges: 45-60-80-100.

Fender has been an instrument of choice for many of the greatest musicians since 1946. Fender's popularity through the generations is a result of their design innovations and commitment to quality. These flatwound bass strings reflect this legacy and are worthy of the Fender name. Attention to detail and the finest materials ensure that you will get the best feeling and greatest sounding replacement strings, set after set.

Fender Stainless 9050L bass strings are flatwound for a warm, rich tone.


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Fender9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light
 
4.8

(based on 47 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (35)
  • Consistent (25)
  • Long life (19)
  • Well built / quality (16)
  • Smooth feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (23)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Back-up (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Strings for Hofners to Fenders!!

I have 30+ assorted basses and been playing 45ish years. When I first started playing flatwounds were common until roundwounds were the 'thing'. I use roundwounds on 75% of my basses HOWEVER...Read complete review

I have 30+ assorted basses and been playing 45ish years. When I first started playing flatwounds were common until roundwounds were the 'thing'. I use roundwounds on 75% of my basses HOWEVER I use these strings on a variety of basses from early 50's P Bass, 60's P Bass, Asst. Hofner and Danelectro basses, and all my fretless basses. I uses the 45-100 light set on all of them. No neck adjustments needed like some other strings. They sound great out of the package and get better sounding the more you break them in and last forever. Some of mine are a few years old and still sound as good as the day I put them on. They have a great feel, reduce almost all fret noise, and with the EQ on your amp get a huge variety of sounds out of them NOT just thump. I use Hofner Club basses alot and I can get that McCartney sound or I can get a variety of other useful sounds as well from them. As a professional bassist lately I have rarely been playing my basses w/ roundwounds. All my basses with the Fender flats tend to be my 'go to' basses and I never have to worry about how old they are and I get nothing but compliments on my 'tone'. Just grab and go! If you are a 'slap/tap' bassist these won't work for you, but if you play blues/jazz/classic rock etc. you may find these to be the perfect fit. I always take more than one bass to a gig so there's always one with roundwounds for those slap/tap moments but find that I rarely use them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I'd buy these for the basses I don't play often

I figured I'd try these strings because they were the most inexpensive strings I could find. I hadn't used Fender strings since my very first bass back in 2002, and I couldn't remember what...Read complete review

I figured I'd try these strings because they were the most inexpensive strings I could find. I hadn't used Fender strings since my very first bass back in 2002, and I couldn't remember what they sounded like (plus they were roundwounds). I wasn't sure what to expect based off the brand and price, so I was excited to give them a try.

The only complaint I have is that the E string doesn't sound as bright as the A D and G strings. It sounds like the E string is from another set, and has been dragged through dirt for the past 25 years. I wouldn't mind it if all of the strings sounded like this, but the difference is incredibly obvious. Maybe the strings will eventually begin to sound like the E, but I'm guessing it'll be a very long, long time until that happens. I would consider buying these strings again, but probably for a bass I don't play too often.

Another note worth mentioning, these strings are pretty low tension for flatwounds, which I like. I would say their tone is pretty typical for flatwound strings.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Grab a set of these.

By Pocketknife-nesYO

from Oklahoma

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Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

Awesome strings. Sound great. Best bang for your buck.
Cheapest flatwounds I can find. Grab some!!! Your fingers and your frets will thank you.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wish I had these on all my basses

By Fredbass

from Richmond, VA

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Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

I have a bass that I love, but I don't like the treble sound. I had stainless strings, and it sounded like an acoustic drednaught or something. I then tried nickel strings, and that helped a little, but still too "twangy". I then wanted to try flatwounds, but was afraid they would either be twangy due to their stainless steel construction, or too thumpy and dead being flatwounds. Well, not to worry. Fender combined the thumpiness of flatwounds with the brilliance of stainless steel and got a very nice, balanced sound. And they are so smooth! I am all over the fretboard when I play, and do a lot of sliding around, so I realized that for once it was actually comfortable to play my axe! You gotta love these strings.
Flat-wound stainless steel strings. They have the smoothness of flat wounds but still enough upper-frequency response that they don't sound "dead". James Jamerson had a set of flatwounds that he never changed in order to get the thump that characterizes his work at Motown. He also used a Precision Bass, which is not known for its treble response. Today's music, however, calls for more treble, or at least the ability to get it when you want it. These strings can handle both jobs.
They are Fender - what can I tell you? I don't think you can go wrong.
These are the cheapest flat wounds on the market - can't beat that!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Strings for Hofners to Fenders!!

By SK-W

from PA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Smooth Feel

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Motown Or Beatles Tone
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

I have 30+ assorted basses and been playing 45ish years. When I first started playing flatwounds were common until roundwounds were the 'thing'. I use roundwounds on 75% of my basses HOWEVER I use these strings on a variety of basses from early 50's P Bass, 60's P Bass, Asst. Hofner and Danelectro basses, and all my fretless basses. I uses the 45-100 light set on all of them. No neck adjustments needed like some other strings. They sound great out of the package and get better sounding the more you break them in and last forever. Some of mine are a few years old and still sound as good as the day I put them on. They have a great feel, reduce almost all fret noise, and with the EQ on your amp get a huge variety of sounds out of them NOT just thump. I use Hofner Club basses alot and I can get that McCartney sound or I can get a variety of other useful sounds as well from them. As a professional bassist lately I have rarely been playing my basses w/ roundwounds. All my basses with the Fender flats tend to be my 'go to' basses and I never have to worry about how old they are and I get nothing but compliments on my 'tone'. Just grab and go! If you are a 'slap/tap' bassist these won't work for you, but if you play blues/jazz/classic rock etc. you may find these to be the perfect fit. I always take more than one bass to a gig so there's always one with roundwounds for those slap/tap moments but find that I rarely use them.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Value, Good Sound

By Worker Bee

from Northern Virginia

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Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

I've changed over from roundwound strings to flatwound on all my basses except one -- that's what this purchase was for. For the posted price, I wasn't sure what to expect with these strings, but so far I've been pleasantly surprised.First, I noticed that the gauges in the "L" set had changed from six months ago: the low E is now a .100 rather than a .95 (making it slightly thicker). Also, Fender is now sourcing these strings from an American manufacturer; they are no longer sourced from Mexico as with the previous sets. The ends also now get lime green silk windings, which is a nice touch.How do these compare with my other strings? Actually, not so bad. One of my other sets come from a British maker (Monel wrap) and the other from another American maker (stainless wrap). One thing I noticed right away is that the Fenders are smooth, but not quite as smooth as the others. They're quiet, but there's a bit of a difference in the feel. It's not a deal-breaker; it's just different. If you've never played flats before, you won't notice. The pull is about the same as the light roundwound set they replaced, as I haven't had to adjust the neck rod.Overall, I'm happy with the strings for the money spent. It's well worth saving my fingers and my frets to make the change, and they do have that big 60s classic bass sound that so many folks are looking for these days: strong bottom and mids with finger attack detail and no fret clatter. This is a good set for someone looking to try flatwound for the first time, or needing a replacement set at a reasonable price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best tone yet

By Peter

from South Louisiana

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Pros

  • Good Clarity And Tone
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • For Anything

Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

I'm using these on a Fender Black Top. The strings loads from the top with no problems. It came with 7250M. Tried the 9050M, they were OK. I wanted more clarity more pronounced notes. I put on 9050L and love them. I was skeptical of the smaller gauge. But they still have the deep bass but with more clarity across the board. Best strings I've ever used so far.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Sound!!!

By Johnny

from Summerville, SC

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

    These flatwound lights are far more than I expected! I thought I would loose some of the low sounds with the "light" strings, but I was surprised and very delighted in the sound and quality. No noise except pure bass sound! The only strings for me from now on.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Retro ...

    By Garvoon

    from Maryland

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

      Back in the olden days, Fender bases came equipped with flatwound strings and later migrated to roundwounds. All of my basses now have Fender LIGHT flatwounds. They're very "solid" and maintain tone. They also have a little more color in their tone than I remember the originals having back in the early 60s.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Pleased

      By Greg123

      from Florida

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      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

        These sound great on my VM 70's Squier Jazz Bass. I tried them because they were on sale. Now I will purchase a couple more sets because I love em:-) The tone is very nice and balanced and the feel is fantastic. I play all styles but I got these primarily for Jazz.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Flatwounds

        By Asphalt Bass

        from Asheville, NC

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

            I've used these over the years at different times and for anyone trying flatwounds for the first time, these are not only a great deal, but they are great strings as well.
            I use them on my P-Bass playing jazz, blues, R & B, and rock and they work well in all of those genres.
            It truly gives you a "bass" sound begging you to lay down nothing but the fattest grooves!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bought these for a Squier Affinity Bass

            By Speak-tor the Horrible...

            from Florida

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

              Thess fit my squier affinity jazz bass fairly well. I see only one possible issue with the fit. The bass strings are wrapped with actual string on both ends, and:

              On the low E string the actual string is all but touching the low E bridge saddle. If it went any further I wouldn't be able to back the saddle up enough to set the intonation.

              The tuner end of the bass strings have a thin length that gets wrapped around the tuning pegs. On the low E string the thin section just runs out causing a small lenth of the actual string to start to wrap around the tuner peg.

              Long story short if the low E string was a hair longer or the bass a hair shorter the strings wouldn't have worked on my squier jazz bass.

              These are longs. Not sure if mediums would fit better or be too short. Just some insite here for someone who may be looking at these for their squier jazz bass.

              I'd buy these string again. They feel very nice, sound very nice, and stay in tune very well...

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bright sound!

              By JW0914

              from Bloomington, IL

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Playability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Purpose

                Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                I've always preferred the feel and playability of flatwound strings, and the noise reduction (no more string zing). But, to me, I sacrificed tone. Other flats I've tried were too dull sounding.

                I recently put these on my P-bass and was pleasantly surprised at the bright tone they had. After about a month of daily playing on them, I am still very happy with the sound.

                Of course everyone has a personal preference when it comes to the sound and feel you want from your instrument. If you're looking for flats that maintain a bright sound and play great... These are definitely worth a try.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                9050L Fender Flatwound Bass Strings

                By George Koprivica

                from IL

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                  These are the same strings bassists used in the early days of Fender for jazz and Motown recordings. They are comfortable to play, they mix the balance of bass, mids, and highs. They have long life. I like the more traditional Fender sound.

                  These are direct replacements for the round wound strings found on all new Fender basses - no need to file the nut grooves or adjust the bridge saddles! Good news - these strings used to be manufactured in Mexico. . . they are now made in America! Price is very good too!

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  NEVER USED FLATWOUNDS BEFORE

                  By Big Daddy Bruce

                  from Daytona Beach Fl

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                      i've been a bassist since 1967 and i;ve never tried flats before. great tone and it almost sounds like a kick drum hits every note with me. my drummer noticed it right away. rough on the fingertips but well worth it.

                      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Don't Fit Fender Toploaders!

                      By Anchoret-brYPA

                      from California

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                      Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                      Incredibly, the "voiced length" of the E is about 3/4" too long to fit almost all Fender toploading basses! The full E string diameter goes past the machine post causing improper winding and in some cases worse problems.These are fine for through-loaders, but could be shorter with no problems.In that the vast majority of FMIC's basses sold are toploaders, this situation amazes me. What were they thinking?

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great, old-school flatwound sound!

                      By RubyTuba

                      from Park City, KS

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Getting "That SOUND"

                        Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                        Fender flatwound bass strings have been around as long as Fender basses, and are probably on more recordings than any other brand on the planet. If you're after that pocket sound, these are the ones! They tune right up and there's almost no break-in. Whether you play with pick or fingers, these are going to sit in the mix in a way that rounds or half-rounds just can't.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        FINGER RELIEF

                        By HATMANKP

                        from LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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                        Pros

                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                          I purchased these strings after being given "wrong information". however, since i have more than one bass, i put them on my Jaguar Bass. they sound "GREAT " !!!! EASY ON MY FINGERS, THE TONE IS DEEP AND CLEAN.I CAN SLIDE WITHOUT THE "RASPY NOISE"....THEY ARE A GREAT SET OF STRINGS. I WILL BUY THESE AGAIN FOR MY JAG.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          "Don't judge a book by its cover"

                          By Spyder

                          from california

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                            Fender Strings. Excellent for my Fender P, Ibanez, and I even tried them on my A/E Bass. They sound really good.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fender Flatwound 9050Ls

                            By Michael Garrett

                            from indiana

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                            Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                            I have been using fender flatwounds on my jazz for many years.
                            they're great strings they feel and sound really good.
                            they last a long time. overall they're a great buy.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            BETTER THAN THE ORIGINALS

                            By Guitardefector

                            from San Francisco bay area

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                            Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                            Just restrung my P-bass with the new Fender flats. The sound is amazing!Smooth, buttery bass all the way. They resemble DA chromes but a lot deeper and taut. And they're made in USA for less. Buy them!!!

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Didn't work out.

                            By Andy R.

                            from Central Pa.

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                            Pros

                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easy

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts

                            Comments about Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light:

                            Bought these for a Hofner Ignition bass which is a "Short Scale". Had to trim length. Even though I trimmed the string in the cotton wrapped section, the string started to crumble and came unwrapped. Perhaps the string shouldn't be trimmed and it was my fault but I've always trimmed strings before.

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