Jaco pastorius fretless help!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dudi8, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. dudi8


    Apr 13, 2010
    i have a jaco pastorius fretless bass with epoxy coated neck and everything, for the last couple of years I'm using the Rotosound swing 66, and they die quite fast.
    you have any suggestions for better roundwound strings? or should i just stay with rotosound?
    or should i change to flats? :)
  2. harmendebresser


    Mar 11, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Endorsing Artist: Höfner, Pyramid Strings, Dr. No FX & Asterope cables
    Flatwounds would make the bass sound more upright-like, less Jaco-like I.M.O. Rotosound Swing 66's are stainless steel, right? I'd suggest either nickle plated, or plain nickle for a slightly mellower than S.S.'s type of sound, but with a longer tone-lifespan.
  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Need more information. Do you want to sound like Jaco? . Rotos are good if you are able to change them about once per week. For another good roundwound alternative I would look at DR HiBeams, they will get you most of the way there on the Roto sound. I do not recommend flats, unless you have a time machine and like to spend time in 1959...
  4. dudi8


    Apr 13, 2010
    yeah i like the jaco sound thats why I'm using the roots, but it sucks that after 2 weeks the sound is dead...
    is the hi-beams have a bright sound?
  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    They will last a little longer if you remember to wipe them down with a cloth after you play. 2 weeks is not bad, some pros change them every gig! Find a good online source to buy in bulk at a low price.

    I use flats and never change them (over 5 years on my main bass!) but you will NOT get the "Jaco sound" with flats.
  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    ps Knowing what we do about Jaco's lifestyle, I would be very surprised if he changed his strings frequently. So if Jaco could get the Jaco sound with old strings, then it is possible. :)
  7. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    JP changed strings for every gig
  8. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Call Jason at Bassstringsonline.com and let him make some suggestions to you. He probably knows a good, longer-lasting substitute for Rotos because I'm sure he's been asked this before.

    EDIT: I'm sorry, I didn't see you were in Hungary. Best to email him, then! :)
  9. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    If you want a more modern, articulate flatwound sound get D'addario Chromes or TI jazz flats. You won't sound like your in 1959 lol.
  10. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com

    The Jaco Relic or the Jaco Fretless w/ Pau Ferro fingerboard uncoated?

    I go between the 66LD's on my Jaco Relic and GHS Boomers. The Boomers last (for me at least) quite a while...

    My Jaco Relic with Boomers (you don't want to know how old the strings are at the time of this, its embarrassing)
    How to play TEEN TOWN by Jaco Pastorius - YouTube
  11. dudi8


    Apr 13, 2010
    its the pau ferro artist model but the neck has been epoxy coated
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    So should be a tone in the same area w/ the boomers...

    Even if you go to Rotosound Swing Bass 66 Nickel's they should last a little longer than the Stainless strings...
  13. lidesnowi


    Jan 29, 2011
    Soak the strings in a jar with denatured alcohol for 48 hours!
    Use a jar with a air tight lid!
  14. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    +1 on the Roto Nickels. I have them on my VM 70's Jazz. Love 'em!
  15. this is a bit humorous. Bass Of Doom was rather special, light but very responsive. Plus you just had to be Jaco with the big strong hands. Hand strength has more to do with your sound than wotever label you have attached to your strings. We are all different.

    There is a certain level of personal chemistry involved in strings. Some of it involves how much time you really sweat on the things. I have never had any luck with nickel, just me.

    Rotos on the other hand have always held up. A dead set sounds just like flats to me. and its not that they die, they just get filthy. the depth is still always there.

    The issue to me is always this: you can make rounds sound dull, but you can't make flats sound bright..
  16. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Try some ernie ball cobalts. They sound almost as good as Rotos and last much longer.
  17. Acoop


    Feb 21, 2012
    I've got 5-year old Roto's on my jazz bass and they're still pretty bright sounding. Round Wounds don't start sounding real good for a few months...... I've know a few guys that have acid-like sweat problems that kill strings. I'd suggest changing you diet and wash your hands all the time before you touch your bass.
  18. babaseen

    babaseen Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2001
    Boston, MA


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