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Rob Trujillo and his deal with Dunlop.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by metallibass95, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. metallibass95


    Apr 7, 2009
    Okay here is something I can't understand. Rob Trujillo used to use Dean Markley strings and just mid to late last year got a deal with Dunlop. He has signature sets of steel strings that are supposed to be what he uses. But all the videos on youtube I have seen of him playing live and in practice rooms in 2009 he is always using nickel strings instead of his signature steels. So whats up with that anyway?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    "Signature" products are just a money deal. Very few artists even use their sig gear at all, and the ones that do, don't use it all the time.
  3. KingCrimson


    Oct 6, 2008
    Kinda dumb you'd put youre name on something you don't use, but money is money i guess:meh:
  4. metallibass95


    Apr 7, 2009
    Yeah both of what you guys said really makes sense. It seems though if he is being endorsed by a certain brand though that he would be forced to not use anything else. Kinda wierd. Plus I don't think steel strings are Rob's style anyway. Hes always a bright twangy nickel string guy, lol.
  5. johnnycat42


    Feb 27, 2007
    Denver, CO
    This reminds me of the NAMM show in Austin 2-3 years ago. Jimmy Vaughn was doing one of the showcases. I was at a local music store the day before his gig and low and behold there he was. He was trying out replacement pickups for his guitar for the show the next day. That guitar, was the $3000 Fender hollow body Jimmy Vaughn signiture that was unveiled that year. Even he didnt like the pickups in his own over-priced guitar to play it live. I think he had to play that guitar though since it was part of the endorsement. :eyebrow:
  6. MadMan118


    Jan 10, 2008
    Vallejo, CA
    Good point. A far as I can tell at least Ibanez players are happy with their sigs. As Ive never seen them live without them.
  7. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    Just a thought, but could you be mistaken again (like you were with Geddy and Cliff), and they are actually steels? I'm pretty sure he would get in trouble for not using the Dunlop steels. This would also make sense why the guy mentioned above had to use his signature guitar but put new pickups in it, rather than using a different guitar.
  8. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    How can you tell the difference?

  9. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA

  10. You can tell nickel strings from SS in a youtube video? wow.

    Or do they have different colour wraps or something?
  11. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    The only guy I know who actually uses is own sig model is Billy Sheehan.
  12. Edgeless


    Feb 14, 2009
    yeah Sig deal is a money make...though guitarists tend to use more signicture gear (ibanez players espcailly)
  13. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    Dunlop strings rock. :)
  14. metallibass95


    Apr 7, 2009
    Naw this one I was sorta right on. On the fender he uses he actually does use nickel strings. On the recording of Death Magnetic he actually did use steel strings on the fernandes and other 5 strings he may have recorded with. Playing live on his 5 strings I honestly wouldn't know. BUt they are nickels on the fender, I still kinda thought it was funny though that all his basses didn't have his signature strings, but he could be going for a particular sound on that fender that he would need certain strings for, I dun really know.
  15. metallibass95


    Apr 7, 2009
    They have VERY different appearances. They can look similar in certain lightings as I have found out. Alot of people have told me a good rule of thumb is to look at the string color and compare them to the frets on the bass. Usually nickel strings are lighter than the frets and steels are darker. That may not always work but I don't know. Nickels are very bright when you look at them.

    in this video at the beginning when Rob has the Fender, it is easy to tell that they are nickel. When he gets the other bass I honestly would'nt be able to tell you.
  16. metallibass95


    Apr 7, 2009
    wait my bad, that may only apply to Rotosound steels. Cause I know Rotosound steels are really really dark and I can usually tell them EASY from nickel strings. But i'm really not sure about other steel strings. Are all steel strings dark like Rotosounds?
  17. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Nope. They vary.
  18. metallibass95


    Apr 7, 2009

    ok nvm then, I guess you gotta sit down and actually feel the strings, even though the ones on Rob's Fender do have sort of an ErnieBall nickel twang to it and the videos of Rob recording Death Magnetic were bright and sorta punchy kinda like steels i've heard before. But then again who knows.

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