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Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings

4.2/5, 4.2 from 9 reviews
Long scale
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Recent Reviews

  1. MrAB4003
    They Feel Like Cheese Graters
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Feb 27, 2024 at 12:33 AM
    Sound:
    4.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    2.00/5,
    Feel:
    1.00/5,
    Value:
    2.00/5,
    Pros
    • + Incredible Sustain
    • + Tons of Midrange and Treble
    Cons
    • - Poor Quality Control from Rotosound
    • - Feel Like Cheese Graters
    • - They Eat Fretboards
    I played Rotosound 66s in stainless steel (and later nickel) for about 10 years before switching. They were what my teenage bass heroes used, so I figured that was a great starting point for strings. They were a great starting point... until I realized that there were other string options.

    I dealt with the feeling of cheese graters under my fingers thinking that was completely normal, which it was... for Rotosound 66s. Unfortunately, these strings made my fingers bleed all over my nice basses during practice! That was what made me switch strings altogether.

    The major selling point of these strings is the tone. There is a huge emphasis on high mids and highs, which is nice for hard rock and metal. But such tone is available from other brands and is not exclusive to Rotosound like it was in 1966. Plus, these strings don't have the longest lifespan. So you have to change them more often than not if you want the fresh, zingy, and clanky tone they're known for. John Entwistle (RIP / co-creator of these strings) changed his every single day!

    I can't recommend the Rotosound 66s, despite their incredible heritage and the plethora of albums they helped create. The feeling of the strings is too rough! After all, bass string technology has evolved greatly since the 66s introduction in 1966.
    Price Paid:
    $22
  2. TimE75
    Swing Bass Rotosound Steel (Swing 66) Med Gauge
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Apr 24, 2016
    Feel:
    3/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Affordable set, sound is good.
    Cons
    • - To much finger noise compared to Nickel, but if you crank it up they still have a good tone.
    A good affordable string, Rotosound do make good strings but I just prefer Nickel, thought I'd try the steel, but they are very touchy I thought, alot of finger noise comes through. Will return to Nickel but that's just me.
    Price Paid:
    $45 New Zealand dollars new from Local shop.
  3. KeddyLee
    Perfect for what I'm looking for!
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 30, 2015
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    I do a Rush tribute so that aggressive growl is a necessity. These strings deliver and they are all I use!

Item Details

  1. Guages:
    45-65-80-105
    Long scale. Jaco's Favorite!
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