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Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium   

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

Gauges: 55-70-90-105.

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 long scale electric 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 9050M bass strings are flatwound for a warm, rich tone.


Make history and compelling music with these flatwound bass strings when you depend on Fender.

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Fender9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Long life (11)
  • Well built / quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (7)
  • Concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Initially bright tone, tight feel

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers...Read complete review

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers gigs in a variety of environments (including extremely high temperature and humidity). I've broken several of the Chromes, as they are wrapped on a small roundwound string to add brightness - I've never broken one of the Fenders.

The 9050Ms start off with a very bright tone; when using a pick and adjusting EQ to suit, you can get very aggressive tones if you want. Harmonics ring out beautifully if you do that Jaco thing, for example.

They're excellent strings if you have a short recording session, as they have good presence without being too bright and generating lots of string noise. I'm always done in under four hours, so there's never been a noticeable change in tone during recording.

They will eventually settle in & lose some of their harmonic overtones, but it does take a while. Once they do, you get access to all the good stuff - that fingerstyle Motown thing, Paul Simonon's flatwound punk, Roger Waters thumpy rock tone etc.

The only con I could think of is that they are relatively high tension - I like a good boat anchor, as I hit hard at times, but lesser men may prefer something a little softer ;)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Typical Fender - - - They got everything 90% right.

Pro's
- Made in USA
- Great price
- Decent quality

Con's
- Too bright for most classic rock
- Lime Green silks are a bit too...Read complete review

Pro's
- Made in USA
- Great price
- Decent quality

Con's
- Too bright for most classic rock
- Lime Green silks are a bit too neon (cosmetic "con" only)
My brother muttered something about wanting to take up the bass guitar so I bought him a cheap used Squier Affinity 4-string P-bass as his first bass to learn on. It desperately needed new strings and I thought he might like to start out with flatwound strings since they don't squeak. I was going to buy a set of D'addario Chromes when the search engine brought up these Fender strings. At the price they were priced right for a set of flats and the fact that they were made in USA appealed to me.

So, I bit.

When they arrived I put them on the bass. The first thing I noticed was that the E string took all but 1/8" of the small-diameter silk winding. If the string stretches much at all then tuning up will cause the fat part of the string to end up on the tuner post. The other 3 strings did not exhibit this problem.

Stainless steel strings are known for being bright, but these are quite trebley. The P-bass lacks the bottom end it had with the ancient strings I removed. Even setting the EQ for heavy bass tone yields only a moderately deep bass response. Not what I was expecting.

Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about. My brother is a beginner so he won't worry as much about tone as he does technique in the early phase of his bass playing, but I probably won't buy these again. I think they might be a good choice on any bass with a "mudbucker" pickup, such as an old Gibson EB0, EB3, or SG bass.
E-string was a bit too long. Otherwise, these appear to be well-made strings.
Price was outstanding.

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5.0

Star service

By disteel

from La Grande, Oregon

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    Play in a hometown band

     
    5.0

    Musician Friend , Is the BEST !!!

    By Bull

    from Alabama

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    Great for old time bluegrass, country gospel music.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By mal

    from S. Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • easy on the fingers, deep rich tone
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong
    • They give my '64 Jazz Bass that old Motown sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • On stage

      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

      I played professionally throughout the '60s and '70s and these Fender flat wound bass strings were always my go-to strings. They provide a nice, deep, rich sound and are long lasting. Plus, they're easy on the fingers.

       
      5.0

      Love them

      By Virgil

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

      Love these strings. Long lasting and stainless steel means no constant wiping to keep them from rusting.

       
      5.0

      Fender Flatwound Bass Strings

      By DENNIS

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

      Absolutely fabulous sound and feel from these strings. They last longer than reg bass strings. They sound great on my T-bird Bass and Acoustic 2-15's!

       
      5.0

      Great Product, I would recommend this product to friend...

      By The J-Man

      from Palm Coast Fl

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • No cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • I play Bass to fill in for reg. bass player
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

      First time for the Flat wound..I really like the feel and ease of playing..great sound...I will have to wait to see the longevity of the strings..

       
      5.0

      Great value

      By Steve

      from San Jose CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

          Great strings for the price

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Too much tension for my P bass

          By Country Bass Man

          from Fort Worth, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Breaks Easy

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

          My first time trying out a flat wound string. Bought this 55 - 105 gauge because it was cheaper than other gauges, just thought it didn't really matter. I put on the strings and I needed a major adjustment on my truss rod because the tension was a lot more than my original round would - and action was way too high. Many times of loosening and tightening of the strings during the adjustment the bottom string (055) snapped. Well I guess it was cheap because maybe other people go for a little bit lighter gauges when using the flat wound. Lesson learned...

           
          5.0

          I will buy these strings again

          By Chet

          from Roanoke, VA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

            No String Noise and Very Easy On the Fingers

             
            5.0

            great sound

            By mikey d

            from bethlehem,pa

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

              I love the warmth of the tone it gives me that classic motown vibe

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