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Rotosound RS66S - opinions

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by foq1978, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. foq1978


    Aug 7, 2009
    Rio de Janeiro
    I've just ordered a set. I like my strings not too zingy, but I couldn't adapt to flats or tape wounds -- I misssome of the zing. And texture (I like some friction when playing). Did I make a good choice?

  2. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    You have a short scale bass, I assume?

    Those ARE going to be zingy for a few hours. Very zingy. But, Rotos mellow out pretty quickly and have a very nice growl.

    They also have a lot of texture. Kind of the "anti-flat". :)
  3. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    I agree. Actually, the ones I've used have tended to stay more zingy than most other string brands for months, even after losing some initial zing. Give them a shot, I've basically switched to them.
  4. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    It's weird, I used to really like rotosound swing bass strings in the 80's, but I think something happened in the 90's, they seemed to change. I just put some on today after not trying them for many years and I still am disappointed by them. They just seem kind of dull sounding and the strings feel sticky, it's like it's hard for me to move my hand over them. This is how I remember them from the 90's but not the 80's. Anyone have a similar opinion?
  5. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    I like RSs. They take a couple of weeks to break and lose some of their brightness, but worth the wait.
  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I just think you got used to other strings and forgot how sticky they are. And I don't know about the formula changing but they are quite zingy to me and still feel like Rotos when I play someone else's bass that has them.
  7. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Yeah, but should they feel sticky? I don't want strings to feel sticky. I don't know, I really think they sounded different in the 80's. They sound duller to me now.
  8. They are a little grabby at first. I wipe mine down with some bass brites and that helps get rid of some of the stickiness. If you find that you don't like them, check out la Bella stainless steel strings. Not quite as bright to begin with but when both sets are broken in they sound very similar with the La Bellas being a lot smoother and not sticky at all.
  9. foq1978


    Aug 7, 2009
    Rio de Janeiro
    I've just installed them and wow! They sound great (even on my poor sx)! They also feel very good, but not as grabby as I thought they would be at first. Thank you all for the support.
  10. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Rotosound swing66 are the best strings made imo. But theyre not for every one. They orient toward growly modern sound.
  11. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    My opinion? the best! certainly not for everybody, but I sure like them!
  12. Danhorse


    Jan 30, 2012
    I found them very dry sounding, really percussive - I immediately thought they are good for slapping and popping but not for me.
  13. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Roto 66 = Zingy!
    I you don't like them too zingy go nickel round wounds.
    I played Roto 66 for many years on a Rick 4003. ZZZingy!!!

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