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Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings  

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Gauges 40-50-75-90. Flatwound. Monel. Short scale.One of the original Rotosound sets from the early 1960s. These strings can be heard on many famous ...Read More

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Handmade in England.

Gauges 40-50-75-90. Flatwound. Monel. Short scale.
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. Outstanding brilliance and superb tone.
Rotosound makes the world's most famous and highest quality electric bass strings.


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RotosoundRS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (4)
    • Practicing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    GREAT strings.

    I use these on a Hofner Beatle Bass, a Mustang, and an Epiphone version of the EB-2, and I couldn't be any happier. After reading that the Beatles used a Monel flatwound...Read complete review

    I use these on a Hofner Beatle Bass, a Mustang, and an Epiphone version of the EB-2, and I couldn't be any happier. After reading that the Beatles used a Monel flatwound bass set on their basses, I went about trying to find one and came across these. They've got the smooth tone that you would expect without any undesirable characteristics. I would not recommend them for slap and pop, but if that's your style, I doubt you'd be looking into short scale or flatwound strings. However, if you're looking to get a vintage '60s tone, these are the strings for you. They make it easy to dial in a sound comparable to The Beatles/The Stones/The Association/The Monkees/The Byrds and other early-to-mid '60s rock acts. They're all that I use on my short string basses. I've never broke a string, and the tone stays new and consistent over a long period of time, even with gig usage. I give them five stars.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Definitely Not For Me

    I'm putting in my two cents here to let you know that these strings are not for everyone. I have a Fender Jaguar short scale that I absolutely love. However, these strings completely...Read complete review

    I'm putting in my two cents here to let you know that these strings are not for everyone. I have a Fender Jaguar short scale that I absolutely love. However, these strings completely changed the tone. I liked the steely twang of the Fender strings but was hoping to eliminate fret noise with the flat wounds. The RS77s are spectacular in eliminating fret noise. However, the tone is extremely dull, nearly dead. My Jaguar sounded like an upright bass when I was done putting them on. Definitely not the sound that I was looking for. I tried both P and J pickups and adjusting tone, but couldn't get a single tone I liked. So for me, this was a complete loss. I couldn't get them off fast enough.

    Bottom line is that judging from the reviews here, you have a nine out of ten chance of liking these strings. Just be aware that if you like a bright steely tone, these might not be for you. Good luck!

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    5.0

    A long time favorite!

    By seb-ear-aaaa[@]

    from Arizona

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Iffy On A Hofner

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

    One of the options for a Beatle bass. There is a company that makes a set for Hofner basses, but this set will fit. Rotosound have been a staple in our stores for decades, and the continue to deliver a great product. These are iffy with a Hofner, as the cloth winding may wind up partially in the nut, but the Hofner has a zero fret, so it is a non-issue. These also do well on Gibby & Epi short scale basses.

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    1.0

    Disappointed

    By KidVid

    from Northern Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • None Yet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

        The E string has been used. The ball end had a bend where it went over the bridge and the other end was all bent up. Selling used strings as new is unacceptable. Returning them is not worth the expense so no more strings ordered here!

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        5.0

        Really smooth sound

        By Bryansong65

        from Waveland Ms.

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        Pros

        • Easy on fingers
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Silk Wrap Too Long

        Best Uses

        • Beatles Sound
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Used On Hofner Ignition

        Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

        I love these strings they really sound great , my only gripe is the silk wrap is a little too far down the string and is sitting in the nut ??? But they sound fantastic anyway...

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        too short for mustangs.

        By tbone530

        from memphis tn

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              Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

              too short for mustangs.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              1970 Gibson Recording Bass

              By MauiJack

              from Maui Hawaii

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Perfect Length

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                Put the RS77S strings on 1970 Gibson Les Paul Recording bass. Impressive improvement in tone. Feel is smooth. Very quiet strings. Perfect length for this short scale bass. Excellent service by Musician's Friend.

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                (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Definitely Not For Me

                By LJSMN

                from St Paul, Minnesota

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                Pros

                • Almost No Fret Noise
                • Fit Jaguar Ss Perfectly
                • Well made

                Cons

                • Poor Tone Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                  I'm putting in my two cents here to let you know that these strings are not for everyone. I have a Fender Jaguar short scale that I absolutely love. However, these strings completely changed the tone. I liked the steely twang of the Fender strings but was hoping to eliminate fret noise with the flat wounds. The RS77s are spectacular in eliminating fret noise. However, the tone is extremely dull, nearly dead. My Jaguar sounded like an upright bass when I was done putting them on. Definitely not the sound that I was looking for. I tried both P and J pickups and adjusting tone, but couldn't get a single tone I liked. So for me, this was a complete loss. I couldn't get them off fast enough.

                  Bottom line is that judging from the reviews here, you have a nine out of ten chance of liking these strings. Just be aware that if you like a bright steely tone, these might not be for you. Good luck!

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Strings, SS Not 4 Viola Bass

                  By GG

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Smooth

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                    I originally ordered the Short Scale ones for the Epiphone Viola Bass and then found out that the Medium lengths are best suited for this bass because of the design of the bridge. Nice full, smooth sound. Less expensive than the Deep Talkin', but, in my opinion, just as good. Very happy with the sound and play-ability of these strings on the Epiphone.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Wild Annie Rumpus

                    from Where the Wild Things Are

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                        I recently bought an Epiphone EB-O, and wasn't very impressed with the bright tone and annoying fret buzz. It came with roundwounds and I read somewhere that these would improve the tone. They did that AND now I don't buzz much at all, except when I get so tired I can barely play because I'm having so much fun with these silky-smooth babies! They seem to be what my bass was made for, and are worth every penny.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        These baby's are awesome!!!

                        By mike free

                        from Kansas

                        Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                        I took up bass at our church a few months ago. My friend (an excellent gutarist and bassist) played my bass after he heard me ripping it at practice. We both agree the RotoSound strings really made the difference on this guitar. These are now my #1 strings. Oh by the way my friend is switching to RotoSound strings on his guitar and bass.
                        Right our of the wrapping they felt great. Put them on my new Squier Jaguar SS and went to for a walk on the any side, Christian, Christian Rock, Rock, Blues, Jazz, 60's Beatles thump, C&W, you name it. Smooth as silk with great sustain and sound.
                        Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Strings are A number 1. These Strings fit and tuned perfectly.
                        I have looked at other flat wound strings for more money at my local shop. Also you are limited in short scale bass strings so I dont find these too expensive for what you get. They are a great value. You do get what you pay for.

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                        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Not for Gibson SG

                        By J Jack Flash

                        from Minneapolis

                        Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings:

                        I bought these for my Gibson SG reissue. I wanted flats and read the good reviews, so I tried them. My set came with silk wrappings on the ball ends. On the SG, the anchor point on the bridge is very close to the saddle so the silk overlaps the saddle and mutes the string. After a long and tedious time removing the silk from the ends, I strung them up. They are good strings but the light guage was too mellow for my liking. I replaced them with LaBella beatle bass flats and couldn't be happier.

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