the quality of r.cocco bass strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dino777, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. dino777


    Jun 19, 2008
    hi all, i saw an r.cocco's ad on the bassplayer, i'm interested in the new brand bass strings, here in my country can't find r.cocco, also on the internet the information is not enough

    please tell me further information about it's tone, sustain, tension,and brightness or anything...i'm now evaluating to import some r.cocco or not, comparing to DR/warick/D'daddario famous brand, r.cocco has it's advantage on quality?

    thank you!
  2. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    They have been around for a while i think, i read an article a few years ago when Daryl Jones was using their strings.
  3. R. Cocco used to be the official string used on all Pedulla basses from the factory. I don't know it that's still so. Having tried Pedulla from that era, I can say that the strings are really nice. Good gritty, rough feel and punchy deep sound with good brightness. Like Rotosound, to my ears.
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  4. I have never tried them, so I cannot say. Go to They have an extensive review section for bass strings, and you may find your answer there. Goodluck!
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  5. FWIW I've had a medium stainless set on the Roscoe for just over a week. I really, really like them. Hard to comment on durability just yet, but the sound is very impressive. Lows are quick and deep, highs are crisp and full, and the mids...particularly lowers...are outstanding. These seem very close in sonic quality to the DR hi-beams. The feel is perfect for my playing style - firm but not too much. Fingerstyle, palm-mute, thumb...everything feels just right.

    I agree that the website is a bit hard to navigate. I'd really like to find out if it's possible to get these in a taper core. If so, I will definitely try these on other instruments.

    Strings are always a personal thing, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these.
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  6. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    I have a set on my Yamaha Nathan East Signature (BB NE 2), and I love them. I purchased the nickels. The bottom is tight, the highs are not brittle but perfect for my taste and the mids are strong. I purchased my set from Bass Specilaties. Glenn the owner is a bassist, and he tried and loved them and recommended them to me. I will purchase them for all of my basses.
  7. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    The nickel version is well worth-trying if you favor a warm, full sound but still want definition and a bit of cut.

    I've had R. Cocco nickels on a couple of basses over the past few months, and I'm VERY impressed. More tension than I'm used to (I otherwise use TJ flats or DR Sunbeams), but less than D'Addario XL, so maybe they are "just right." Anyhow, the tone is awesome - full, rich, but also vibrant and alive. And the most interesting thing -- and I'm not making this up -- they seem to somehow maintain better pitch integrity when chording and double-stopping in the high register. I can not for the life of me figure out why this is, but I'm totally stoked.

    They may not be for every bass - my old BB2000 seems to do better with the Sunbeams. But I have had them on L2K and thought it the best sound from that bass, and I have them on my primary axe -- a Carruthers CB-4 -- and am getting tone that is killer -- in particular, a singing, mwah-like envelope when I dig in with the left hand on the D-string, which is just too delicious from a fretted bass...literally the sound I've had in my head since taking the bass seriously, and I'm thrilled to have found a string that pairs so, so well with this bass.
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  8. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    One thing I forgot to mention - the ghost notes on the R. Cocco nickels have a drum-like fatness and thump that is killer. And this is on standard-gauge (.45 - .105) strings.
  9. rogueman


    Sep 29, 2006
    Austin, TX.
    I would of tried some yesterday but they didn't have a super long set. He wound strings for La Bella, so they should have a good sound. Good all around sound.


    Oct 10, 2008
    That totally does not make sense. Jaco died in 1987!
    I did use R.Coco's though and they are good for the price.
    They are actually made by Martin Guitars.
  11. DLM


    May 25, 2004
    I'd appreciate any comments re: the nickel sets and, in particular, how the low B string is in terms of definition/articulation.

    Also, is the low B tapercore?

  12. RTL

    RTL Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    I've had a set of the 5-string nickels on my Lakland Joe Osborn for close to a year now.. Still sound absolutely fantastic. Higher tension than the DR Sunbeams I normally use, but they're really consistent in feel and tone across the board. B-String feel is excellent, but that also has a lot to do with the instrument.. These strings will go across most 35" scale basses with no problems, as long as you don't try to go through the body :)
  13. DLM


    May 25, 2004
    How is low B definition/articulation and is it tapercore?
  14. RTL

    RTL Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    Low B definition is superb, but as mentioned earlier, the instrument is going to make a lot of difference there.

    I don't believe they are tapercore.

    JAUQO III-X Inactive

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    R Cocco is a relative to the founders of LaBella strings.
  16. IIRC,Sadowsky strings are made by R.Cocco.
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  17. RoboChrist

    RoboChrist Guest

    Jul 8, 2009
    They are great strings with a fantastic feel to them. They never feel stiff, always supple and playable. Great tone for days.
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  18. babaseen

    babaseen Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2001
    Boston, MA
    Anyone know where to get these at a reasonable price (less than $40)?:help:

    RC5FP Fat Pak
    Stainless Steel
    G string: 0.044"
    D string: 0.062"
    A string: 0.085"
    E string: 0.110"
    B string: 0.128"
  19. Cyberbob


    Sep 18, 2005
    Kingston, PA
    I have a set of the stainless on my Warwick FNA 5 string and I must say they are different than other strings, in a good way. I had been having trouble with D and G strings being in the background with other brands, and R. Cocco solved that problem. They are clear, with a fundamental which I have never heard before. I am going to try the nickel set next to see if they are better. Even though I only had them on for a week I get the feeling that these may stand up for a long time. (Just a feeling) I am thinking my search is over one way or the other. The other thing is if they are used and sold by Bass Specialties then look no further. No fooling around there.
    I have spent so much money on strings in the past that it's almost criminal. Also glad I got a chance to contribute this review.:hyper:
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  20. Fajah


    Apr 30, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    I've used 4, 5, and 6 strings sets of R.Cocco nickels on both fretted and fretless basses. They will most likely have attributes you've described about you're current strings but with a softer feel and slightly mellower tone.

    Club Bass carries then here in Toronto.