String identification on my Hofner bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by kurt, Sep 17, 2013.


  1. kurt

    kurt

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    Got a new (used) Hofner 500/1 bass and was wondering if anyone can help identify the strings on it. The yarns at the headstock are bright red, the e looks maybe a bit orangey. Can't tell for sure but looks like no yarn at the bridge. They are also a bit short, the yarn is covering the 0 fret on the e d and g strings. Very smooth flat wounds. Tension seems extremely light (my first Hofner though so don't have a comparison). Would like a little more tension.

    Thanks!
  2. jazzcat_13

    jazzcat_13

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    Sounds like you have Rotosound 77 jazz bass monel flats. I use them and they match your description.
  3. jasper383

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    Yes, probably Rotos.

    They might be the really light La Bellas; they have watermelon red colored silks.
  4. nshuman

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    Rotos should have light blue yarn. Also should not be TIs because their short strings are longer (they are closer in length to medium scale strings).
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  6. kurt

    kurt

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    Thanks guys! Here's a pic of thte silks if that helps.

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  7. Pimpernel Smith

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    Thomastik-Infeld uses red silks on the Jazz flatwound strings. They are extremely smooth, with light tension. But they are primary red in colour.
  8. kurt

    kurt

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    Yeah, I have a set of thomastiks on my jazz bass and they are definitely redder, kind of a scarlet. These are a little more orange. Maybe they are the light labellas.

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