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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Long life (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really smooth sound

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...Read complete review

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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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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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT strings.

By Dusty Murphy

from Lawrence,KS

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Comments about Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound 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 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.

(5 of 5 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.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Definitely Not For Me

By LJS_MN

from St. Paul, MN, USA

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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!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Made a HUGE difference.

    By Ryan-eLc0E

    from Undisclosed

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

    I bought these to put on a cheap Squier Bronco. I'm a guitarist, but I use a Bronco for recording. I wanted flatwounds to help keep the fingernoise to a minimum while in the studio. I was afraid that flatwounds would kill the high end tone, but these are made differently, according to Rotosound. They absolutely transformed the bass. It is a joy to play, it sounds brilliant, and I can't put it down. Makes me want to get the Hofner I should have bought in the first place. I HIGHLY recommend these strings.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not for Gibson SG

    By J Jack Flash

    from Minneapolis

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    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm a believer

    By Devi

    from Triple Springs, NC

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

    There aren't many options for short scale basses either in instruments or strings, and that can leave you in a corner. I decided to try flatwound strings for several different reasons and I am so glad I did. These strings have a great slick almost rubbery feel and a super warm sound that almost reminds you of an upright bass. There's virtually no noise off these strings and despite what people will tell you, they ARE easier on your fingers. I can't believe it took me so long to try these out; but I am never going back to roundwounds again. If you're looking for a smooth tone this is what you want. They're expensive, but you're getting what you pay for-and great sound is priceless!

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Strings If You Know What Your Buying

    By CP

    from Kalamazoo, MI

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All uses.
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

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

      These are great strings. Roto makes great strings. Deep, percussive, but still articulate enough for recording, fast runs, and low notes don't turn to mush. Be careful on the length, this is true with most string makers. I usually go medium scale for short scale so I don't end up with fabric in the nut, or worst, on the fret. Remember, a great deal of your tone comes from the string striking the nut properly. That's why plastic sounds different than bone, graph sounds different than brass. If you have cloth in the nut slot, you are robbing yourself of tone.
      As I said in the title, great if you know what you are buying. Here's a hint for the many players out there who feel compelled to negatively rate a string because it doesn't fit your style of playing. Hey, you don't buy flatwounds to slap, or chug, or slam. You buy them for their intended purpose; a nice mellow groove. Just because your ignorance on string type led you to a bad purchase, don't rate the strings bad.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Disappointed

      By KidVid

      from Northern Virginia

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      Pros

      • None Yet

      Cons

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          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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