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Gauges 45-65-80-105. Long scale.

Rotosound makes the world's most famous and highest quality round-wound electric bass strings.


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RotosoundRS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Long life (5)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The real deal!

    While bass is not my main instrument, I'm enough of a bass lover to have developed quite an ear for the bass. I've played lots of strings and generally like GHS boomers (nickel)...Read complete review

    While bass is not my main instrument, I'm enough of a bass lover to have developed quite an ear for the bass. I've played lots of strings and generally like GHS boomers (nickel) for their smooth feel, long life, consistent sound, etc. I've played all kinds of strings over the years (dr, trace elliot, dean markley, d'addario, ghs, fender, sadowsky, etc.)

    So, here's the bottom line. The sound of these strings is THE SOUND. Like certain vintage gear, it is impossible to talk about this product without noticing the negative, but that is always outshined by one attribute.... authentic, one-of-a-kind tone. In my experience, these strings can go from live to super dead overnight (cleaning with rubbing alcohol and/or boiling helps for a while). They also feel rough, even more so than typical steel strings (you can get used to it though).

    The good, there is a signature crunchiness in the way these strings vibrate against the fretboard that I've never heard with any other string and it instantly reminds me of Chris Squire, Jaco, Geddy Lee, etc. As soon as I find a better string that sounds like this, I'll change my review. Until then, there is nothing I know of that sounds like these and if you're looking for THAT SOUND, this is it!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Basically Unplayable

    Normally I use roundwound nickel d'addarios, but I heard Geddy Lee uses these so I thought I'd try them out. The strings feel like sandpaper and unless your playing anything but whole notes the...Read complete review

    Normally I use roundwound nickel d'addarios, but I heard Geddy Lee uses these so I thought I'd try them out. The strings feel like sandpaper and unless your playing anything but whole notes the strings constantly grab and tear up your fingers, basically eliminating any speed in your playing. Also, there is a ton of fret noise. I had high expectations for these strings but they're unplayable in my opinion.

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    5.0

    My "go to" strings

    By emcd64

    from SOWEGA

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

      I have been using these for years and have tried many different strings, these just seem to work best for me, have never bought a bad set.

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      5.0

      Best strings ever!

      By PlatinumVue

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Tone
      • Long Sustain
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

          Rotosound strings are the best I've ever used. Very clean tone with long sustain. I love 'em!

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          5.0

          The real deal!

          By jmclen

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • The Sound

          Cons

          • Goes Dead Quickly
          • Very Rough Feel

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Getting Certain Sounds
          • Recording

          Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

          While bass is not my main instrument, I'm enough of a bass lover to have developed quite an ear for the bass. I've played lots of strings and generally like GHS boomers (nickel) for their smooth feel, long life, consistent sound, etc. I've played all kinds of strings over the years (dr, trace elliot, dean markley, d'addario, ghs, fender, sadowsky, etc.)

          So, here's the bottom line. The sound of these strings is THE SOUND. Like certain vintage gear, it is impossible to talk about this product without noticing the negative, but that is always outshined by one attribute.... authentic, one-of-a-kind tone. In my experience, these strings can go from live to super dead overnight (cleaning with rubbing alcohol and/or boiling helps for a while). They also feel rough, even more so than typical steel strings (you can get used to it though).

          The good, there is a signature crunchiness in the way these strings vibrate against the fretboard that I've never heard with any other string and it instantly reminds me of Chris Squire, Jaco, Geddy Lee, etc. As soon as I find a better string that sounds like this, I'll change my review. Until then, there is nothing I know of that sounds like these and if you're looking for THAT SOUND, this is it!!!

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          GREAT BUY!

          By Music Man

          from USA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Playing
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            These things lasted quite a long time but I guarantee they would've lasted longer if I ever washed my hands before playing or cleaned my strings up afterwards. But nonetheless GREAT BUY!

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            5.0

            Tone and Texture

            By Bart Cohen

            from Fayetteville, AR

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Blues

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            Great tone for a good price.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I like em

            By Gonzo110

            from Vermont

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright
            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                Some people hate Rotosound. They claim they chew up your frets. A lot of dealers won't carry them for this reason. I have them on 5 different basses and have never had a fret wear problem. Nothing sounds as bright and treble-y for soloing IMHO. And they sound new for a long long time.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The only choice!

                By SCLUCAS

                from Wilbraham, MA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright
                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Funk
                  • Jazz
                  • Rock

                  Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                  Tried numerous brands (DR, D'addario, Fender, Ernie Ball), but nothing compares to the tone and playability of Rotosound Swing Bass strings. I've used both roundwounds and flats, but prefer the rounds. Paired with my various Fender Jazz Basses, they deliver great low and mid tones, but excel at the high-end, allowing your bass tone to shine in any performance!

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                  5.0

                  The Best!

                  By Oz

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                      I've been playing bass for years, and I can't find a better string for sound and feel. Stainless strings fit my style the best. If Entwhistle used them, they're good enough for anybody! A great product!

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                      (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Swing 66 Bass Strings

                      By Daniel Sennema

                      from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

                      Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                      Rotosound round wound strings have been my first choice of bass strings for over 30 years - back when I was full-time in the 80's and still today. I like DR, d'Addario, and GHS Boomers alright, but I always come back to Rotosound.

                      I heard of Rotosound by way of John Entwhistle's endorsement. Certain bassists tend to stand out more than others and Entwhistle never failed to have a sound that had a little extra grit and attitude. I have a four-string P-bass with EMG active pick-ups that always delivers and the strings are a huge part of my sound. Lately, for economic reasons, I have not been able to change them as often as in the past. I just wipe them really well with a soft cloth after each set, and they continue to sound great for months.

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                      4.0

                      These strings will make you a better player

                      By ddmatthe21

                      from Ohio

                      Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                      I have been playing for a few years now. I've used several types of cheap strings as well as a few major name brands. I bought these at a local music shop based on the reviews I read online. The sound is great! It's almost too bright and springy. It would be great for pop/slap, but I play mostly fingerstyle. I'll say that my one complaint is that transitions between frets can really be heard because of the somewhat rough texture of the round windings. I think that this will force me to use some better left-hand techniques. Cool strings, but I'll continue to try others.

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