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Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium

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Warm tone and smooth fingering from a light-gauge, flatwound string.

Gauges: 55-70-90-105.

Fender has been an instrument of choice for many of the greatest musicians since 1946. Fender's popularity through the generations is a result of their design innovations and commitment to quality. These long scale electric bass strings reflect this legacy and are worthy of the Fender name. Attention to detail and the finest materials ensure that you will get the best feeling and greatest sounding replacement strings, set after set.

Fender Stainless 9050M bass strings are flatwound for a warm, rich tone.


Make history and compelling music with these flatwound bass strings when you depend on Fender.

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Fender9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (25)
  • Consistent (17)
  • Long life (16)
  • Well built / quality (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Back-up (13)
  • Concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (9), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Initially bright tone, tight feel

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers...Read complete review

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers gigs in a variety of environments (including extremely high temperature and humidity). I've broken several of the Chromes, as they are wrapped on a small roundwound string to add brightness - I've never broken one of the Fenders.

The 9050Ms start off with a very bright tone; when using a pick and adjusting EQ to suit, you can get very aggressive tones if you want. Harmonics ring out beautifully if you do that Jaco thing, for example.

They're excellent strings if you have a short recording session, as they have good presence without being too bright and generating lots of string noise. I'm always done in under four hours, so there's never been a noticeable change in tone during recording.

They will eventually settle in & lose some of their harmonic overtones, but it does take a while. Once they do, you get access to all the good stuff - that fingerstyle Motown thing, Paul Simonon's flatwound punk, Roger Waters thumpy rock tone etc.

The only con I could think of is that they are relatively high tension - I like a good boat anchor, as I hit hard at times, but lesser men may prefer something a little softer ;)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Typical Fender - - - They got everything 90% right.

Pro's
- Made in USA
- Great price
- Decent quality

Con's
- Too bright for most classic rock
- Lime Green silks are a bit too...Read complete review

Pro's
- Made in USA
- Great price
- Decent quality

Con's
- Too bright for most classic rock
- Lime Green silks are a bit too neon (cosmetic "con" only)
My brother muttered something about wanting to take up the bass guitar so I bought him a cheap used Squier Affinity 4-string P-bass as his first bass to learn on. It desperately needed new strings and I thought he might like to start out with flatwound strings since they don't squeak. I was going to buy a set of D'addario Chromes when the search engine brought up these Fender strings. At the price they were priced right for a set of flats and the fact that they were made in USA appealed to me.

So, I bit.

When they arrived I put them on the bass. The first thing I noticed was that the E string took all but 1/8" of the small-diameter silk winding. If the string stretches much at all then tuning up will cause the fat part of the string to end up on the tuner post. The other 3 strings did not exhibit this problem.

Stainless steel strings are known for being bright, but these are quite trebley. The P-bass lacks the bottom end it had with the ancient strings I removed. Even setting the EQ for heavy bass tone yields only a moderately deep bass response. Not what I was expecting.

Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about. My brother is a beginner so he won't worry as much about tone as he does technique in the early phase of his bass playing, but I probably won't buy these again. I think they might be a good choice on any bass with a "mudbucker" pickup, such as an old Gibson EB0, EB3, or SG bass.
E-string was a bit too long. Otherwise, these appear to be well-made strings.
Price was outstanding.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Initially bright tone, tight feel

By rudemech

from Brisbane, Australia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

  • High tension

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers gigs in a variety of environments (including extremely high temperature and humidity). I've broken several of the Chromes, as they are wrapped on a small roundwound string to add brightness - I've never broken one of the Fenders.

The 9050Ms start off with a very bright tone; when using a pick and adjusting EQ to suit, you can get very aggressive tones if you want. Harmonics ring out beautifully if you do that Jaco thing, for example.

They're excellent strings if you have a short recording session, as they have good presence without being too bright and generating lots of string noise. I'm always done in under four hours, so there's never been a noticeable change in tone during recording.

They will eventually settle in & lose some of their harmonic overtones, but it does take a while. Once they do, you get access to all the good stuff - that fingerstyle Motown thing, Paul Simonon's flatwound punk, Roger Waters thumpy rock tone etc.

The only con I could think of is that they are relatively high tension - I like a good boat anchor, as I hit hard at times, but lesser men may prefer something a little softer ;)

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT STRINGS

By HANK

from NEWARK , NJ

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Super Super Bright

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Soloing Awesome

Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

THESE STRINGS ARE THE BOMB.....SUPER BRIGHT TONE... NICE GREEN SILK TUNER WRAPPINGS , NO ALTERING FOR MY FENDER....OVERALL EXCELLENT STRINGS....

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome strings.

By pocketknife

from Oklahoma

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    I normally use the Light version of these strings but decided to give these Mediums a try. They are very big strings. I had to use a nut file to widen the nut slots for these strings. I'm playing a bass with a single split coil pickup and it sounds amazing with these strings. I'm playing mostly with my fingers but I decided to use a pick and the volume jumped way up. I had to turn down and re-eq. I love these strings. They are big and bold with all the lows you'll need and they are plently bright for most styles of music. I only use Fender 9050s.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Typical Fender - - - They got everything 90% right.

    By Bob-NRS3y

    from Nashville, TN

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    Pro's
    - Made in USA
    - Great price
    - Decent quality

    Con's
    - Too bright for most classic rock
    - Lime Green silks are a bit too neon (cosmetic "con" only)
    My brother muttered something about wanting to take up the bass guitar so I bought him a cheap used Squier Affinity 4-string P-bass as his first bass to learn on. It desperately needed new strings and I thought he might like to start out with flatwound strings since they don't squeak. I was going to buy a set of D'addario Chromes when the search engine brought up these Fender strings. At the price they were priced right for a set of flats and the fact that they were made in USA appealed to me.

    So, I bit.

    When they arrived I put them on the bass. The first thing I noticed was that the E string took all but 1/8" of the small-diameter silk winding. If the string stretches much at all then tuning up will cause the fat part of the string to end up on the tuner post. The other 3 strings did not exhibit this problem.

    Stainless steel strings are known for being bright, but these are quite trebley. The P-bass lacks the bottom end it had with the ancient strings I removed. Even setting the EQ for heavy bass tone yields only a moderately deep bass response. Not what I was expecting.

    Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about. My brother is a beginner so he won't worry as much about tone as he does technique in the early phase of his bass playing, but I probably won't buy these again. I think they might be a good choice on any bass with a "mudbucker" pickup, such as an old Gibson EB0, EB3, or SG bass.
    E-string was a bit too long. Otherwise, these appear to be well-made strings.
    Price was outstanding.

    (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    P BASS THUMPER

    By CHRIS CRANSTON

    from COLORADO

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    I HAVE USED FENDER FLATS "105 E STRING" FOR OVER 50 YEARS. THEY WERE ON MY 64 P BASS WHEN I BOUGHT IT NEW. I USE A PICK AND AMPEG SVT 2 WITH THE NEW PRO NEO 4X10" CAB. WE WERE PLAYING A CLUB LAST WEEK WHEN A "HOT ROD STRAT" PLAYER ASKED ME HOW I MADE MY BASS SOUND JUST LIKE A UPRIGHT. THAT WAS AS GOOD OF A COMPLEMENT ON TONE AS A BASS PLAYER COULD RECEIVE. I OWE IT ALL TO 9050Ms ( MAYBE THE 64 P AND AMPEG HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT) I HAVENT PUT THE NEW STRINGS ON, JUST HOPE THEY ARE AS GOOD AS THE OLD ONES. MUSICIANS FRIEND HAD THE BEST PRICE AND FREE SHIPPING, THANK YOU, CHRIS

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent value

    By Steve

    from Toledo, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

        I've used flat wounds for a number of years, and have spent a lot more money than the Fenders cost. But I've never found any flat wound strings I like better, and the price is unbeatable. GREAT VALUE! I have them on a 90s MIM P Bass, an 80s Peavey T60, and a 70s MIJ J Bass clone (Starfield). The Fender strings sound really good on all thsoe different basses.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Tone

        By Basement Blues

        from Chicago IL

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

            I play guitar and drums and am not an experienced bass player. I pick flat wound for its tone and playability. This set is very easy to play and has very nice tone.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Strings

            By Ron

            from Tallahassee, FL

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Low Cost
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

              This my second set. I use them on my fretless, and now on a fretted bass. I am very satisfied. The quality and price is excellent.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Good Bass Strings

              By somekindofmonster2012

              from Smithers, BC

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Smooth Feel

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

              I recently put these strings on my Epiphone Thunderbird Pro Bass and they sound amazing! They feel great on the fingers; they sound great when playing with a pick or with your fingers, they simply are great flatwound strings. I will definetly buy these again in the future

               
              5.0

              These are simply perfect

              By Bass hobbyist

              from San Diego

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                The search is over. I've tried Ernie Ball, Chromes, and Thomastik and each and every one of these had aspects that I did not like. Either there was too much brightness, little balance, too much mids, bad feel of the strings, or overall tone that did not hit the sweet spot. Mind you those are also quality strings, but they do not shine like these Fender 55's. The search is simply over. The balance is just there. You don't have overwhelming frequency peaks with these strings because they sound even across the spectrum. Ernie Ball is sticky feeling and too bright for my style (which is amazing for some people, Im very impressed with Ernie Ball as well it just doesnt suite my style, these are almost tied with Fender), Chromes are peaky in the mids, and Thomastiks are too flabby and 'tubby' sounding. This is my top recommendation for strings and I think roundwound players should give them a shot.

                 
                5.0

                My go to choice

                By Johnny

                from Boone, IA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                  Stainless flatwounds are the sound you hear on recordings.

                   
                  5.0

                  Super Buy

                  By disteel

                  from LaGrande Oregon

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                    Good quality, best buy, friendly people and great service.

                     
                    5.0

                    Very nice

                    By RNRMark

                    from Austin

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                      I'm a bass player and not a guitar player so I deal with heavy strings but on my fretless jazz bass I like extra comfort and these strings really deliver comfort with excellent sound. They are ridiculously easy to play.

                       
                      5.0

                      Solid Soul Goodness

                      By Linnin

                      from Waynesboro, Virginia USA

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Powerful
                      • Smooth
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                      These flatwounds are soulful right out of the package. Good strong midrange with plenty of punch and power. Nice tight bottom tone and attack. A respectable amount of top end without all the fuss of twang or zing. Exceedingly smooth to the touch and to the ear. I expect these to last me the rest of my life.

                       
                      5.0

                      Want a deep, full, punchy, 60s sound? These are for you.

                      By mal

                      from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                        I am now retired but still manage to practice every day. I have these installed on both my Fender Custom Shop 64' Jazz Bass NOS and my Fender Mod Shop custom built Precision bass. These provide a well-rounded sound when coupled with my '72 Sunn 190B. These strings are really easy on the fingers and eliminate annoying string noise when moving up and down the neck.

                         
                        5.0

                        Star service

                        By disteel

                        from LaGrande Oregon

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                          Play in a hometown band

                           
                          5.0

                          Musician Friend , Is the BEST !!!

                          By Bull

                          from Alabama

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                          Great for old time bluegrass, country gospel music.

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again.

                          By mal

                          from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • easy on the fingers, deep rich tone
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong
                          • They give my '64 Jazz Bass that old Motown sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • On stage

                            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                            I played professionally throughout the '60s and '70s and these Fender flat wound bass strings were always my go-to strings. They provide a nice, deep, rich sound and are long lasting. Plus, they're easy on the fingers.

                             
                            5.0

                            Love them

                            By Virgil

                            from undisclosed

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                            Love these strings. Long lasting and stainless steel means no constant wiping to keep them from rusting.

                             
                            5.0

                            Fender Flatwound Bass Strings

                            By DENNIS

                            from undisclosed

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                            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                            Absolutely fabulous sound and feel from these strings. They last longer than reg bass strings. They sound great on my T-bird Bass and Acoustic 2-15's!

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