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Entwistles Strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Tsal, Jun 29, 2002.

  1. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    I was just wondering, what strings did John use? Watching Live at Royal Albert Hall, he seems to have some sort of bronze-colored extremely flexible strings?

    It might just be that he was awesome player, but those strings seemed like rubber under his fingers!
  2. maxima gold strings. he changed them after ever live performance. while we're talking about him, does anyone have any idea what's gonna happen to all of his basses?
  3. Jontom


    Mar 11, 2002
    New York
    They are going to be willed to all of his relatives and being that none of them have ever touched a bass guitar, after about five years in the attic they will end up in a yard sale on the front lawn of Aunt Louisa May Entwhistles' house, where if you are lucky enough to pass by the house on that spring Saturday morning you'll be able to score a Warwick Buzzard bass for around 10 bucks, or one of them "Olympics?" fer around twenny. No, not really.:D
  4. they should go to the EMP here in WA or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  5. And the Smithsonian as well! :D :cool:
  6. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay

    EMP and the Smithsonian.

    And my house....

    I mean blah.. I cant joke

    I wish he were still here:(

  7. BassMann2112


    Jun 21, 2002
    Jeeze are the Maxima Gold's still around? I used them on my Les Paul over 16yrs ago and they were the best string I have ever had on my Paul. I will search.
  8. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    JE had just switched back to Rotosounds from Maxima Golds in April.
  9. camoe


    Sep 7, 2001
    Lafayette, CO
    I've had a set of Maxima Golds on my 5er for the past 4 months and I love 'em. Spendy though and it took a couple of months to get 'em.

  10. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Really? Where did you read that?
  11. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I didn't "read" it anywhere. I'm a Rotosound Dealer and it was announced to all dealers on April 15th of this year when John was in London doing a photo shoot with Billy Sheehan (who also just went back with Roto) and Steve Harris for a big 1 year ad campaign. The first 3 months were supposed to be full page ads featuring Billy, the next 3 months featuring John, the next 3 months featuring Steve and the last 3 months featuring all 3 together.

    John left Maxima because they are in reported finacial difficulty and they told him that he'd have to start buying his own strings (can you believe that???)

    The Billy Sheehan full page ads started last month in Bass Player:

  12. rsautrey

    rsautrey Inactive

    Jul 27, 2000
    Dude, I know why Sheehan left Rotosound. Did Entwhistle leave due to quality issues too. Considering that he helped develop the Swing Bass 66 set, there must have been some quality problems. RIP OX...
  13. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I don't know why JE left Rotosound. The QC issues have been taken care of a few years ago with improved machines and better quality control at the factory. The fact that both John and Billy had come back is pretty good testamment to that don't you think?

    I have an unconditional warranty against dead strings with both Thomastik-Infeld and Rotosound. I not only replace the dead string on the rare occasion that it occurs but I send an entire new set....doesn't happen very often with either Roto or TI. Both companies back me up 110%.

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  14. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    ps: I take that date back...I was allowed to announce both JE's and BS's return to Rotosound on 3/27/02. The photoshoot with Steve Harris was on 4/15/02.

    Here's the thread on my Rotosound Forum when I first announced it so you can "read" it.

    Click Here :D
  15. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    "Considering that he helped develop the Swing Bass 66 set"

    Intersting sidebar to that statement. I was in Nashville at the NAMM Show last year having a few pints with Martin How (son of James How..Rotosound founder) and he was talking about being a teenager at his dad's factory one day and a huge Caddilac limo pulled up and out popped Entwistle (must have been 1965 or so). What a memory huh?
  16. re. Sheehan, I was wondering about that in the topic I posted down the page.
    interesting about JE endorsing Rotosound again too.

    re. Entwistle leaving Rotosound, in an interview in Bassist magazine vol 1. no.5 ;

    "I had been trying to find a decent low B string but didn't have any luck.....I tried de-tuning the Rotosound strings but they lost all their tonal quality. I was then given some gold-plated Maximas to try out about 6 years ago. While I was putting the first set on and tuning up, I played a low C and it was perfect. It still had the same amount of top end and the tonal quality hadn't dropped. they had developed a new type of core which was hexagonal or octagonal" ( :confused: Rotosound and I think most others use hexagonal cores) "and you could tune an E string down to low A and it would still vibrate well. it was those detuning possibilities that turned me on to Maxima, plus being gold-plated, they looked better with gold hardware and didn't dosappear under the lights on stage".
  17. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I wonder if the detuning was why they looked floppy on "Live at Royal Albert Hall" ?
  18. the Rotosound ad featuring Billy Sheehan, Steve Harris and John Entwistle appears in this month's issue of The Guitar Magazine. JE's quote reads "I'm back where I belong- right back where I started from".

    in the same issue is a tribute/obituary to JE.
  19. geshel

    geshel Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    I tried a set of Maxima golds on my acoustic gu*tar lately, and I didn't like them. They started off very nice, but after a week they started getting very sticky and gunky, and didn't sound much good either.

    Which is interesting, because I've had good experience with their plain steel (gold coated) strings on the top two spots - they *don't* get gunky at all and last forever.

    Back to Elixirs for the wound strings.

    But uh. . .nobody here cares, do they? :D
  20. Latest 'tribute to Entwistle" article in "Bass Player" supports Dude.

    - 60's: Used flatwounds because no others were available. Maybe in the UK but you could find roundwound Danelectros in the US even though they sounded like used kitty litter, IMO. But I still remember when Fender flatwounds assured me I had the best bass string on the market.
    - Nov. 75, he told "BP" he "wanted sound like a piano", so that was about the time of his Rotosound roundwound period
    - Late 80's; "John switched to Maxima Gold strings until late last year."
    - 2001: late in 2001 "he returned to using Rotosound."

    What I wonder is - when you have a musician of Entwistle's caliber and who has almost single-handedly propelled the brand name into the forefront of bass strings ---- do you make a production run of strings according to his spec's so that no other bassist can, convincingly, sound like him??? In other words, I wonder if he was getting "custom" strings????

    C'mon - Entwistle always used fresh strings from what I've read and from what I've heard in his live performance tone. His tech must must have ordered at least 1,000 sets at a time. So, "cost" may not have been a consideration to Rotosound.

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