Rotosound Bass Strings Review



Founder James How began creating what would become Rotosound in 1958. The first to create the roundwound bass string, Rotosounds were and are used by all sorts of legends from John Entistle of The Who, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Jaco Pastorious and many others. Their tradition and popularity continues today.




Rotosound Bass Strings Comparison


NameWindingMaterialCoreOther InfoModel #
Solo Bass 55RoundwoundSteelHex"Pressure wound" to reduce finger noise/fret wear
Swing Bass 66 (Steel)RoundwoundSteelHexUsed by Entwistle, Geddy Lee
Swing Bass 66 (Nickel)RoundwoundNickelHex

RotobassRoundwoundNickelHex

Jazz Bass 77Flatwound
HexUsed on "Dark Side of the Moon"
Tru BassBlack NylonFlatwoundHexUsed on "Abbey Road"

Stainless Steel Roundwound:
Rotosound Solo Bass 55

Rotosound Solo Bass 55

Solo Bass 55 are steel roundwound with a hex core. These strings have brightness and clarity, but are "pressure wound" to reduce finger noise/fret wear

Nickel Roundwound:
Rotosound Swing Bass 66 (Steel)

Rotosound Swing Bass 66 (Steel)

Swing Bass 66 are available in either nickel or stainless steel varieties, the stainless steel naturally being the brighter. Both have a hex core. They are a very popular roundwound string, used by John Entwistle, Geddy Lee and many others

Rotosound Rotobass

Rotosound Rotobass

Rotobass are nickel roundwound strings with a hex core. There is no silk on the string ends making them less expensive.

Flatwound:
Rotosound Jazz Bass 77

Rotosound Jazz Bass 77

Jazz Bass 77 are flatwound strings with a hex core. They have been featured on classic records including Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd),A Night at the Opera (Queen), Live and Dangerous (Thin Lizzy)

Nylon/Tapewound:
Rotosound Tru Bass

Rotosound Tru Bass

Tru Bass 88 are flatwounds made with black nylon and a hex core. There is a good chance you have heard them on: Abbey Road from The Beatles, Transformer (Lou Reed), or a Town Called Malice (The Jam)

Rotosound RS88S Trubass St Ga ShortScale Bass Strngs
Rotosound RS88S Trubass St Ga ShortScale Bass Strngs Price: $30.97
2x Rotosound RS66LDN Long Scale NICKEL Swing Bass Guitar Strings 45 - 105 2Sets
2x Rotosound RS66LDN Long Scale NICKEL Swing Bass Guitar Strings 45 - 105 2Sets Price: $62.00
ROTOSOUND RDB66LD DOUBLE BALL END BASS STRINGS, STANDARD GAUGE 4's, 45-105
ROTOSOUND RDB66LD DOUBLE BALL END BASS STRINGS,  STANDARD GAUGE 4's,   45-105 Price: $36.55
ROTOSOUND SM666 SWING BASS STAINLESS STEEL BASS STRINGS, HYBRID GAUGE 6's 30-125
ROTOSOUND SM666 SWING BASS STAINLESS STEEL BASS STRINGS,  HYBRID GAUGE 6's 30-125 Price: $39.28
Rotosound RDB66LD Swing Bass 66 Strings Double Ball End Stainless Steel 45-105
Rotosound RDB66LD Swing Bass 66 Strings Double Ball End Stainless Steel 45-105 Price: $24.78
Rotosound RS885LD TRU BASS STRINGS 5'S 65-135
Rotosound RS885LD TRU BASS STRINGS 5'S 65-135 Price: $42.99

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Be sure to check out the Bass String guide if you are unsure about the material, gauge (the numbers you see like .105 .45 etc,) or scale length.**

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