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Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings

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Gauges: 45-65-85-105. Flatwound. Monel. One of the original Rotosound sets from the early 1960s. These strings can be heard on many famous albums, us...Click To Read More About This Product

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Handmade in England.

Gauges: 45-65-85-105. Flatwound. Monel.
One of the original Rotosound sets from the early 1960s. These strings can be heard on many famous albums, used over the years by Sting, Phil Lynott, Steve Harris, and John Deacon.
Rotosound makes the world's most famous and highest-quality electric bass strings.
Outstanding brilliance and superb tone. Long scale.


Buy 'em. String 'em up. Sound good as new.

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RotosoundRS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great, great & great!!! Get it???

I recently became the bass player for a band (I have been mostly a guitar player (acoustic and electric rhythm)). Since then, I have had to pay more attention to my Fender...Read complete review

I recently became the bass player for a band (I have been mostly a guitar player (acoustic and electric rhythm)). Since then, I have had to pay more attention to my Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass (I have been using this one for recording my own instrumentals). So, I decided to change the factory strings with this RS 77LD after doing lots of research and talking to several bass players and listening to recommendations from my friends at different musical instruments stores (including MF).
All I can say is: Why did I wait this long???? WOW!!!No comparison!! I do not need to look for any other strings!! Unbelievable tone!! Deep, warm, great sustain!!
With the factory strings, I could not use the bridge pickup because it was way too bright and always had to use the neck pick up with the tone set at around 2-3 (10 being brightest). Now with the RS, not only I can use the bridge pickup, I can set the tone to 10 without degrading the quality of the bass sound with excessive brightness regardless of the pickup I use.
No wonder so many artists endorse these strings!!!
The finger noise is significantly reduced (I still need to learn bass playing techniques). These strings are also more comfortable with my fingers.
Now I need to buy a set for my Fender American Special P-bass I just got (for gigs).
Do yourself a favor: buy these strings and close the book in researching bass strings.
I just did!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

FULL CIRCLE

These strings are great. They have a nice tone and the perfect feel. I got away from them for a while and was sorry I did. I am back using them and won't...Read complete review

These strings are great. They have a nice tone and the perfect feel. I got away from them for a while and was sorry I did. I am back using them and won't use other stings on my Fender '74 bass again.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, great & great!!! Get it???

By Still rockin' at middle age

from Mason, Ohio

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Pros

  • Great Tone
  • Less Finger Noise
  • Soft On Fingers

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    I recently became the bass player for a band (I have been mostly a guitar player (acoustic and electric rhythm)). Since then, I have had to pay more attention to my Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass (I have been using this one for recording my own instrumentals). So, I decided to change the factory strings with this RS 77LD after doing lots of research and talking to several bass players and listening to recommendations from my friends at different musical instruments stores (including MF).
    All I can say is: Why did I wait this long???? WOW!!!No comparison!! I do not need to look for any other strings!! Unbelievable tone!! Deep, warm, great sustain!!
    With the factory strings, I could not use the bridge pickup because it was way too bright and always had to use the neck pick up with the tone set at around 2-3 (10 being brightest). Now with the RS, not only I can use the bridge pickup, I can set the tone to 10 without degrading the quality of the bass sound with excessive brightness regardless of the pickup I use.
    No wonder so many artists endorse these strings!!!
    The finger noise is significantly reduced (I still need to learn bass playing techniques). These strings are also more comfortable with my fingers.
    Now I need to buy a set for my Fender American Special P-bass I just got (for gigs).
    Do yourself a favor: buy these strings and close the book in researching bass strings.
    I just did!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Kick Butt Flats

    By LifelongFenderFan

    from Clarkston, MI

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • A Bit Stiff

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Classic Rock
    • Concerts
    • Motown
    • Practicing
    • RB

    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    I have been running down all of the flatwound brands and gauges hoping to find the right combination of tone, sustain and stiffness. I have spent several hundred dollars doing so.
    I am now kicking myself that I did not start with the Roto 77's. My first rehearsal with the 77's was incredible. I play a Fender 62' Precision RI through a Fender Bassman 250/210. I could not beleive my ears. The tone is incredible. The sustain was exactly what I was looking for. These are a bit stiff, so if you like low tension in your strings, these may not be for you. But for the great tone and sustain, I am willing to get used to it. I cannot say enough good about these strings. I hate to say this, but my Fender 9050's just were a dead thud and lacked definition. The 77s are what a bass should sound like - picked, plucked or slapped.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rotosound Flatwounds saved my music!

    By somemexican

    from Denton, TX

    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    I have been using GHS Bass Boomers for almost as long as I've been playing. Mostly because they're pretty cheap, but I threw down some extra bones for these Rotosounds & discovered new sounds I didn't know I could play. I put them on a Japanese Fender JazzBass Special & they're the only strings I will use for that bass now. Since I put them on I have'nt even touched my other basses. I can practice twice as long now w/out my fingers getting chewed up by Boomers.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    flatwound is the way to go

    By Grandpa666

    from Somewhere in California

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    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    They have good sound, don't hurt your fingers, and are durable. These are the perfect bass strings. They have a warm tone and there are hardly any scratchy noises that other types of strings produce while moving between frets. I have an imitation Fender P-bass, S101 or something like that. The bass's sound isn't that great, but ever since I got these strings my bass sounds it has sounded awesome. When I got my SWR half-stack the sound improved even more. Imagine how it would sound like with a better bass. My advice to all bassists is to get these strings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very impressed

    By Drew-5focE

    from California

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    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    After playing on the stock strings of a new bass (And a very VERY cheap one at that), I was scared to death that my bass was a piece of crap. So I bought these to try out the brand. Let's just say that it was an INCREDIBLE turn-around. The tone was much clearer, deeper, and just better sounding than I would have ever imagined. I'm giving Rotosound another try with my different bass and some different strings, and if I love those as well, Rotosound will definitely be my brand of choice from their-on-out.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Naughty but nice

    By Bobazar

    from Kansas city

    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    These strings are great! What the heck? Just buy them... they have a really nice roundwound sound, but are a bit more trebly. I was really surprised when I first tried them out. I didnt realize they were the flatwounds I had baught! They make a bit of noise and you would think they were roundies. However, that being said I think they are great strings and are a perfect balance for a p bass. They make my precision sound like it should! I can still slap the thing and get nice warm tone. I love them!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Slapper's Delight

    By RubyJunction

    from Millinocket, ME

    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    I own a Mexi Fender Jazz, and I have had it modded out with S.D. Antiquity pickups and a Badass Bridge. Combined with Rotosound Jazz Bass strings, in a word: terrific. Played through an SWR Workingman's 10 and it sounds warm, w/ lots of rich overtones. BP Magazine says these are "slappably crisp" (Annual String Review, 2005). Now that certainly is true. You can glide into notes with ease. Easier on your frets too (AND your fingers, mine were always getting munched w/ roundwounds). A little more expensive, but the tone lasts and lasts. Made extremely well, they are all I will use. BTW they sound great for recording too, no matter what you're doing. Rotosounds will make a so so bass sound good, and a great bass sound fantastic.Hope this helps.

     
    5.0

    Excellent string choice for me!

    By mojo sound

    from Fulton, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy on your fingers
    • Good Tone
    • These strings don't destroy your frets

    Cons

    • A tad expensive

    Best Uses

    • Any/all gigs
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    I continue to purchase Rotosound flatwounds because they have that "sproingy" metallic tone that I've come to love. To me, they're not as bright as roundwounds but brighter than the usual flatwounds - and that's a good thing.

     
    5.0

    Found My Sound

    By Newbie Bassist

    from Detroit, Michigan

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • No buzz when sliding up and down the neck.

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

      Since playing bass I found the noise from round wire wound strings annoying. Sliding from fret to fret produced a buzz on the round wire wound strings, which came stock with the bass. I decided to try flat wire wounds and like them much better. They are quieter and also easier on my fingers during long practice sessions. I chose Rotowound because of their heritage and their price point. Not the most expensive but not the cheapest either. I am hoping the monel wire will give these extremely long life.

       
      4.0

      Excellent quality but....

      Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

      I like these for my fretless. I prefer rounds but rounds tear up my fingers on a fretless. Excellent quality. Their description calls them bright. They may be bright for a flatwound but that's as far as I would go.

       
      4.0

      Bright flatwounds

      By James

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Pros

      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

          I like the strings but I personally prefer the D'addario Chromes. I use Rotosounds on my electric guitar and absolutely love them so I figured I'd give them a try. I'm the kind of guy that will use the same set of strings for years and prefer the deadened worn in sound. Out of the box they are bright and to me they get better with age as far as bass strings are concerned. I could probably give a better review a year or five from now, but I think I'm going to switch to the chromes before that as the gauge is lighter and the feel is a bit smoother.

           
          5.0

          First flatwounds I've bought

          By Beginner bassist

          from Marietta, GA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Smooth
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performing
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

            I love the strings, BUT they put a severe amount of stress on the neck of my bass. I've had to adjust my truss rod several times since I put them on. But other than that they sound great and slides sound beautiful on em! Little to no excess noise from the strings as well.

             
            5.0

            Terrific Flatwound

            By Bass4Life

            from Buffalo, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Silky Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Live
              • Studio

              Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

              Great flatwound string. Brighter tone than most. Terrific feel. I use them live and in the studio when going for that flatwound sound.

               
              5.0

              Great product

              By Jimmy

              from Jacksonville,Fl

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                The strings are fantastic, just what you would expect from Rotosound.

                 
                5.0

                The Best There Is!!!

                By James Moore Jr

                from Rockford IL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Great sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Any Type Of Music

                Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                As a retired woodshedder, these strings are the best bass strings I have ever played. Just like the big boys (Jack Bruce comes to mind), I use these on my Fender Precision Fretless Bass and jam away with Mingus music, King Crimson and of course, Zappa. Really nice feel to them, and they honk when you want to play loud through an Ampeg. They last a long time, are true to their intonation and sound sweet. Worth the money, too! Enjoy!!!

                 
                5.0

                Roto Sound Flat Wound Strings

                By chiefbj

                from Redding, Ca

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everything

                  Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                  When properly adjusted these strings are remarkable. I started using them in the 70's and they are still incredible. (Not the same set of strings)....we play contempory Christian, classic rock, country and jazz. I use a Les Paul bass or a Peavey Grind. They work great on both. Just makes it flow so easily....

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great flat wound strings

                  By JazzPerfectionist94

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • A Little Stiff

                  Best Uses

                  • All the time
                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                  These strings are some of the finest flat wound strings I've ever had the chance to play.These are kind of a specialty and in a way you really have to know and love them to use them (which means you should try them and find out!). Only reason I gave these four stars is because the .45 gauge string tends to be stiff when first installed. Depending on how much you play, the strings take about a week to fully settle in but once they do, there should be little to no problem. I've continually used these strings on a bass set up for slap for about two years and it works fine. Just gotta pull them around a bit to loosen them up.

                   
                  5.0

                  Heaven In My Hands

                  By HowYouDooin

                  from Jersey Shore...Yo

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                      Having switched to bass over 4 years ago, I won't consider myself some kind of expert. Playing round wound strings was normal as I didn't really develop good skills until recently. The next step for me was tone.

                      Without any preconceived notion, I went ahead and ordered a set of Rotosound Flatwounds from Musicians Friend. The strings were well packed. Immediately I was shocked at how smooth these strings are.

                      Strung up my P-Bass and did a quick setup and just started playing unamplified. The strings felt wonderful against the skin and the tone was wonderful. Not bright and not dark, just right. Plugged in and Lo and Behold...Tone. The tone I had been seeking.

                      I was taken back to the 60's right away and the best description of these strings is "Smooth". In feel and texture and tone, these strings are everything I had hoped them to be.

                      If you're like me and on the fence about switching to flatwounds, do it. Do it because it will feel right and sound right. Why Rotosound? Years and years of experience backed up with excellent quality and packaging.

                      I don't think I will ever return to round wounds and I will not use any other string except Rotosound.

                       
                      5.0

                      My First Flatwounds

                      By Turbogeek

                      from El Paso, TX

                      See all my reviews

                      Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                      These are the first flatwound strings I have ever bought and I like the sound. They're not to bright and not to deep. It's a little hard to play them at first but you'll get used to them. Just slide on some GHS Fast Fret and these babies will be easier and faster to play.

                       
                      5.0

                      I LOVE THESE!!!

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Rotosound RS77LD Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                      I was really impressed with these strings. I have always been a flatwound player but I always wanted something brighter. I found these! I love the tone these give you. If you want a good 60s Motown vibe, or a 70s classic rock sound, then these are for you. You can also get a good Roger Waters/Pink Floyd sound. (By the way, I play I Fender Jazz. These strings do not need to be cut. I made the mistake of cutting my G and it was too short, in which I had to buy a single to replace it.) Overall, great flats! You will not be disappointed.

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