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Sting, Bass String gauge he used on The Police 1978-1984

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Joe Martinez, Sep 26, 2020.


  1. Joe Martinez

    Joe Martinez

    Sep 18, 2020
    Miami
    I read that Sting uses on his 1957 P Bass "DR Nickel Lo-Rider 40-100", those are great strings for a bass like the one currently use BUT, what strings he used in while he was with The Police and with his Ibanez basses, anybody knows?
     

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  2. Almost certainly Rotos.
     
  3. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
    Yes, most likely Rotosound, either rounds or flats.
     
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  4. Rounds. It’s extremely audible.
     
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  5. I think he used Roto 77s too.
     
  6. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
    I may be wrong but I hear flatwound strings on Walking on the Moon.
     
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  7. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
    Yes, he's listed on the Rotosound website: JAZZ BASS 77 | ROTOSOUND
     
  8. 80jazz

    80jazz

    Jun 28, 2008
    Kansas
    The Steinberger had 40-95 Superwounds.

    I wonder if 40-95 was the gauge he was using. If so, I wonder what made him switch to 40-100.
     
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  9. Palm muting, with a pick on a fretless P-Bass.

    @80jazz No clue on the gauges, but double-ball strings were never exactly easy to find so you worked with what you could get.
     
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  10. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
    Yes, I hear it too, but that doesn't tell me what strings he used. It could have been dead rounds or flats, as far as I know.
     
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  11. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    Maine
    I love the Police, I love my Ibanez Musician basses... but I don't think it matters in the slightest what brand or gauge of strings he was using.
     
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  12. Chrisk-K

    Chrisk-K

    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Sting is using Hi-Beams 40-100. He used Roto flats in his Police years.
     
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  13. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I use Rotosound 77’s on almost all my Basses. I have tried everything and the 77’s are my favorite flats.
     
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  14. higain617

    higain617

    Sep 12, 2013
    WA
    Medium Rotos on a fretless J.
     
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  15. Both Swing Bass 66s and Jazz 77s. I think he used the flats on his natural finish p bass and fretless Ibanez.
    Brent
     
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  16. epoxo57

    epoxo57 Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    Perrysburg, Ohio
    Possibly, but don't forget "Brian" his electric upright as a possibility instead. He did use it then live as well. Of course at times he double-tracked parts so it could have been that....lol. Strings wise, I believe on his red fretless P bass he was probably using Roto flats since you can hear it in the documentary "Around the World" when Jools Holland is interviewing him (or trying while Sting wails on it).
     

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