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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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Jaco's favorite!

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

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


They're the strings preferred by professionals. Order yours today.

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RotosoundRS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings
 
4.7

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (24)
  • Consistent (19)
  • Long life (16)
  • Well built / quality (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (17)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't go wrong. Great tone.

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

They don't last long at all

These strings sound great at first. but after one practice or show. they lose their tone. I would not recommend these unless you don't mind constantly changing strings. I use D'Addario EPS165 and...Read complete review

These strings sound great at first. but after one practice or show. they lose their tone. I would not recommend these unless you don't mind constantly changing strings. I use D'Addario EPS165 and last much longer holding there crisp bright tone.

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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!

(3 of 3 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 2 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.

(2 of 19 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)

 
5.0

Nice to be Home Again.

By Rich

from Massachusetts

About Me Professional Musician

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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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Designed by the Ox himself

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            These are the very same strings that John Entwistle of The Who personally designed at the Rotosound factory back in 1966. Rotosound 66 strings have been the choice of most of the "lead bassists" throughout history, including Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, and Entwistle himself. I find that they have a very distinctive sound, almost like a built-in distortion when they're brand new. This never quite disappears, although it obviously mellows over time. The best way I can describe the tone is to say that they are bright but not twangy. They work exceptionally well with Rickenbacker basses. They are rougher to the touch than most other strings, making them a bit of a challenge to handle at first. It's not too big a deal to get used to, though, and ultimately it just makes your fingers tougher. If you need a new sound to put the zing back in your playing, give these a try.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Strings

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            I purchased these strings about four months ago for my Jazz Bass. If you are looking for that trebly sound, similar to the sounds of many fantastic bass players such as John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, and Geddy Lee these should do the trick. Note however these strings will not give you their unique sound, as that is based almost entirely on their own innate musical brillance. One thing to take into consideration is these strings are rather rough and coarse, it may take some time to get used to them.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The go to strings;

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            I have played since 1975 and ever since then I have tried many string types and brands. I still do, but my #1 go to bass will always be strung with Rotosounds RS66LD Swings. For me these strings have been reliable, comfortable, and part of my sound. Remember that we all need to find what works for us. For myself these strings have been just that ever since I tried them somewhere in the mid to late '70s. I play mostly original compositions now but it's Hard Rock, Rock & Blues music that I play. If everyone played the same type of rig then we would all sound similar. Listen to the sound you would like create and then chase it. It will take much experimenting but it's worth it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rubber bands.

            By oxfan

            from Western Pa.

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            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            After months of experimenting with some different flats, I've come to the conclusion that Rotosound will be what I use on all my basses. I never took them off my Jazz but, the Precision went through changes. These are the only strings that feel like rubber bands while giving great tone. As someone mentioned. they are rough, the solution, play more and quit whining.You can't go wrong.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            That Rotosound Sound

            By IDaBass

            from Indianapolis, IN

            Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

            If you're a bass player looking for the Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, or John Entwistle sound, then you have to buy these strings. The sound is amazing, and they feel very unique compared to nickel plating. Mine "died" pretty quickly though, so that's the only negative.

             
            4.0

            Versatile Strings

            By Rob

            from AL/GA

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

              I really like the variety of styles I can play on these strings. They are on my practice bass and different techniques are used with pretty good sound quality... fingering, pick, slap, whatever. I've also gotten a little rough with them but the sound still sounds good. The only strings I like a little better are DAs but for what I use them for, these strings are excellent.

               
              5.0

              Rotosound RS66LD bass strings

              By God Bless You

              from Northern Kentucky

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                I've been using rotosound strings for 10 years now. It's no wonder why the pros use them. These are the best sounding, brightest, and clearest strings you can buy. I highly recommend them. Try them, you will be hooked, and I'm sure you will be happy you tried them.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                They don't last long at all

                By Morgan

                from Denver, Colorado

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Loss of Tone quickly

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                These strings sound great at first. but after one practice or show. they lose their tone. I would not recommend these unless you don't mind constantly changing strings. I use D'Addario EPS165 and last much longer holding there crisp bright tone.

                 
                5.0

                The best

                By PJ

                from Western Mass

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                  I have been using these on my '73 Precision for 38 years. Tried a few different brands through the years but quickly change them out for Roto Sound Swing bass strings. I like the way they sound fresh and the way they sound after they have been on a while.

                   
                  5.0

                  Very nice edgy tone

                  By Apex

                  from Denver, Co

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Professional
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings:

                    Rotosounds...the industry standard anymore. Great quality and tone. They are bright, edgy and punchy, great for rock/metal style of playing. I have read people had issues with the feel of the round wounds, but I have had no issue. Sure, they are not easy on your fingers. I guess build up your calluses.

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