New Strings Day!: Rotosound Funkmasters
Just thought I would let you all know that I have put a set of Rotosound Funkmasters on my 2012 AmStd Jazz bass for the first time. They are stainless steel and a very light gauge (.30-.90). Given that I am currently using Steve Harris flatwounds on my P bass (.50-.110) I wanted something completely different.
First impressesons? Probably better than I had been led to believe. The strings are stainless steel so have that really bright piano style sound to them and obviously tune to pitch at quite low tension. The reason I put them on was because I am getting into slapping and had never used light gauge strings so wanted to see how light I could go. They certainly make it easier to slap. You can't exactly dig in when playing fingerstyle (I don't tend to use a pick) but I sort of expected that.
I haven't played through my 'big' setup yet (Ashdown Little Bastard 550w and GK 212MBE) so am keen to find out how they sound through that. Clearly it won't be the fullest sound you have ever heard but some of my amateurish attempts to sound like Marcus Miller might be a bit more convincing and easier for me to play. I am also interested to see how long they last before going off as I have heard that they have a short life.
The interersting thing is that I am already starting to think about the instrument and my playing in a slightly different way and that can only be a good thing.
PS: I wasn't sure with the long scale set (32"-34") that I would get away with through body stringing on my J bass but I did. Plenty of clearance at the machine head for that so no problems.
[2012 American Standard Fender Jazz, 'Steve Harris' signature Fender Precision, Ashdown LB-550 (The 'big' Little Bastard), Gallien-Krueger MBE212].
Last edited by davidjackson : 11-29-2012 at 02:34 AM.