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Really curious about a Jaco detail

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Jay Rodewald, Jan 14, 2019.


  1. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    New to the site and I have a question about Jaco. As bassists we all know who he was and can easily recognize his sound, therein lays my question(s).

    Did Jaco primarily use round wound strings or flats? I'm pretty sure that when he started playing; the flat wound bass sting wasn't around yet (unless for upright and cello) but R.W strings have a puncher tone and hearing Jaco live makes me think he used rounds. Thoughts????
     
  2. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Welcome aboard! I think he's known for mostly using Rotosound Swing Bass strings. They are rounds.

    Flats came before rounds but the chicken and the egg predate both.
     
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  3. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    Thanks! And thanks for the answer. Rounds must have eaten up the neck!!
     
  4. J_Bass

    J_Bass

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
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  5. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    Great Article!! Had heard that he bought the bass of doom unfretted but it's good to "know" it.
     
  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    That's a myth. You have my permission to use round wounds on your fretless. :)
     
  7. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    It's a myth on bare wood and even moreso on his main fretless bass because he coasted the fingerboard with marine epoxy.
     
  8. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    Awesome, and actually my first fretless bass is on the way!! I've been playing for 20+ yrs and kind of kicking myself for not starting it sooner.
     
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  9. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Jaco did more damage to his bass by jumping on it, flinging it in the air, carrying it around the city without a case, etc. than he ever did by using roundwounds. ;)

     
  10. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    ...not to mention smashing it to pieces.

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  11. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    Oh Damn!! I heard of and seen a few stories/pics but never saw that picture!! Should be a poster or something
     
  12. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    He must have really loved that bass to pick up as much of it as he could and ship it down to Florida in hopes of it getting put back together!!
     
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  13. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    There's an old expression: You always hurt the one you love!
     
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  14. Jay Rodewald

    Jay Rodewald

    Jan 14, 2019
    That should be the caption on the Poster/ t-shirt etc!!!
     
  15. GrapeBass

    GrapeBass

    Jun 10, 2004
    Toronto
    Graphic designer: Yorkville Sound
     
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  16. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    But not enough to not throw it in the air and let it land on the stage...
     
  17. Who ordered the Chicken?
     
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  18. lundborg

    lundborg

    Apr 8, 2008
    ...not to mention throwing it into the Bay of Tokyo...
     
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  19. RichardW

    RichardW

    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    It is just mind-blowing to see how effortless his fretting is. Wow.
     
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  20. Not sure if you grasped the answer you got. Flat wound strings are the original bass strings that were available when electric basses first came onto the market in the 50's. There were no round wound strings made for basses until later on. Not positive about this but my understanding is John Entwistle approached RotoSound in the 60's and asked them to make a round wound bass string for him and that's how it started.

    Round wound strings don't eat necks ... players who bend/vibrato by pulling sideways instead of lengthwise eat necks.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019

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