Hi - I'm new - and confused

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by LedBeatleFloyd, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
    Hello bassists,

    I'm new, literally just signed up :). I bought my bass (a Yamaha RBX) back in March and absolutely love it. I did buy a book to learn the basics but now I just like to cover some songs from bands like The Beatles, as you can tell from my username. I also have played the drums for like two years.

    From the time with my bass, I've figured out what type of music I like to play very, very deep simple baselines, think of the chain. However I'm not a lover of the stock strings that came on my bass. They're the big standard, metal (not sure which metal) strings.

    I want to buy some nylon strings as I love the sound McCartney's bass has on Abbey Road, does anyone have recommendations? I'm not sure the difference between them, and not sure which size to get so any help would be very appreciated. I just want some strings that are very deep and flat.

    Thanks every one. And I'm not sure where to say hello, so I thought I should do it in my first post.
  2. Bockscar


    Oct 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    If I recall, McCartney used Rotosound Tru Bass (RS88LD) nylon strings on Abbey Road. That will definitely get you in the ball park.
  3. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
    Cheers, I'm surprised to see they're still in production. Any experience with them?
  4. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
    Would they be safe to use on my bass, they say low tension?
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If you change strings to those, you will need a new setup on the bass. Directions and links on how to do that are at the top of the Hardware and Repairs forum. It's something that is good to learn.
  6. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
  7. BZadlo

    BZadlo Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Most string changes will probably require a setup.
    I think that setups are the key to attaining your sonic goals. The sooner you learn to setup your instrument, the better.
  8. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Put GHS or D'Addario tapes on your bass.

    The Rotos are very large gauges and you might have to file the nut.
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

  10. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
  11. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Adjust neck relief, intonation, string action at the saddles, and if the new strings are much thicker than the old ones, you may have to file the nut slots
  12. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
    So if set up properly, the strings will be fine? Thanks for all your help everyone :)
  13. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
    I'm worried that the strings will be too thick for the guitar.
  14. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    The bass will be fine. "Too thick" would only be a problem if you were tuning the strings higher than EADG.
  15. LedBeatleFloyd


    Jul 16, 2013
    I tried googling but will the flatwounds work with magnetic pickups? I know they have a metal core
  16. conebeckham


    Jun 27, 2008
    Bay Area CA
    They'll work.