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Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings 

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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....Click To Read More About This Product

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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 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Consistent (17)
  • Long life (15)
  • Well built / quality (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (14)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (9)

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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Deer

from New Mexico

Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

I've been using the RS 66 set for years. The strings do make all the difference, your bass will sing, harmonics ring beautifully. Amazing price -- I used to pay upwards of $40 for a set and I happily did so. Here's what you do when your strings loose some of thier sound: Soak your strings in dish soap, wipe clean, restring your bass and your strings will sound almost new. Try it -- it works!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!!!

(2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Swing 66 Bass Strings

By Eli

from Myrtle Beach, SC

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

These strings will make you a better player

By DougieBBass

from Akron, OH

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can't go wrong. Great tone.

By Zachery

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

I'd give them a 5 if they fit my bass which is a body thru design. Had to remove some of the red string wraping. Other than that, they are very nice. Lots of life in the tone. Will have to email Rotosound next time to see if a longer string can be made.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice to be Home Again.

By Rich

from Massachusetts

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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:

    All through the 60's and 70's I used RotoSounds. To be honest, I'm not really sure why I stopped. Recently I was talking to another player who had returned to the fold and I decided to give them a whirl again. We strung up 6 basses and had a go.....and I've got to tell ya'....They say "You Can't go Home Again"....I say you can. Nice to be back with you RotoSound.

    Bass-ically Yours,
    RB

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Keep your band together...

    By mudsharkable

    from San Diego, CA.

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

      An old friend, Rotosound has always been my choice of bass string since The Who Sell Out album. "Keep your band together, with Rotosound strings... more music, more music, more music". Excellent quality, long lasting, great sounding strings. I bought into John Entwistle's endorsement on that album many decades ago and have never regretted it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I like em

      By Gonzo110

      from Vermont

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      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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The only choice!

          By SCLUCAS

          from Wilbraham, MA

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          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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Never Looking Back

            By RedJBass

            from Akron, OH

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            I have used the same set of Rotos on my 4 & 5 string Mex Jazz basses for a year now, and no problems! The longer I play them, the better they sound. Still have that bounce, thump, growl. But then, I do keep my instruments clean. I haven't had any more wear on my frets than I got from other, inferior strings. As for playability, I have arthritis & carpal tunnel really bad, and have no problem making my way around the fretboard. Depending on how I attack the strings, I get a wide variety of sounds. Great to slide on, & were the remaining factor in creating "my" sound!

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