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Rotosound Monel 'Steve Harris' Gauge Flatwound Bass Strings (50 75 95 110)

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  • High quality music strings manufactured in england since 1958
  • Superb tone,feel,power and volume
  • Long life strings
  • Finest quality materials
  • Legendary british tone
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Item Weight159 g
Product Dimensions16 x 16 x 1.5 cm
Item model numberSH77
Number of Strings4
Country Produced InUnited Kingdom
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Best Sellers Rank 16,897 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight200 g
Date First Available3 April 2009
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When musicians were looking for a specific sound or concept, they would come visit me at the factory. Jimi Hendrix was not pleased with the sounds he would get when he bit his strings, so I developed a gauge which he thought 'tasted' right. The .006 and .007 first strings that he used to bite gave him the sound he was looking for.
James How, Founder and Chairman of Rotosound, speaking in 1992

Lars Mullen talks to Jason How, Chairman of Rotosound about the early days of the company
My dad James How pioneered all this back in 1958 and I have documents of him looking into making strings as far back as '53. He was certainly buying materials then, in reference to his collection of Austrian Zithers, which he was using as a musician, but couldn't get strings, and with his engineering background decided to make them himself. He designed his own machine and started up in his shed, simple as that really.

Originally he called the company Top Strings, but he couldn't copyright the name, so Rotop followed which evolved into Rotosound around 1965, derived from the Latin word roto, which means round. This of course tied in nicely with the company's flagship and the now world renowned, round wound bass string. Bass players loved this new round wound sound that cuts through the mix with more definition, as opposed to the flatwound string of that time, which was dull in comparison, and the only place to buy them was from James How at Rotosound.

It was John Entwistle who actually asked us back in the 60's, for a louder, bigger sound from a set of bass strings, hence the round wound bass strings he started using around '63. He thought, well I'm the bass player in The Who, but I can now compete with the guitarist, and as we now know the rest is history, and evidence that this was a totally unique product at the time, and none of the other companies had cottoned on to making round wound bass strings.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ludditt on 23 Feb 2013
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Just brilliant on my fretless, flatwound but bright sounding, great overall feel and response. Bit heavy for some but my fingers got used to them quickly.
Certainly going to try them on my fretted bass next.
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Good price, timely delivery, nice strings. I would recommend but I would prefer the 45 set. This are a little thick fat for my personal liking
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By john on 13 April 2014
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really starting to love flats on my bass, found these didnt quite feel right on a pbass but are awesome on a jazz
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Just be aware that these heavy rotosounds are very high tension and, as another reviewer has said, you will almost certainly need to adjust the truss rod of your bass and have a decent neck. I am lucky in that I have a Steve Harris signature Fender Precision bass which has a very thick neck and hgh mass Badass bridge to accommodate these monsters.

I put a set of these on my Korean Squier P bass and it ended up banana shaped very quickly...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Just Buy It... 4 Dec 2006
By sysubrc - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a newbie to bass, but I've studied guitar since my teens. I bought the Ibanez bass starter kit a few months ago and even though the strings on that sound OK and basically do the job, the round wound strings naturally pick up a lot of that hand slide noise when you move from one position to another.

These strings cut that unwanted noise back quite dramatically. Plus they just sound so much fuller and "basier" (is that even a word?) than regular strings. No doubt due to the heavier gauge settings (.050; .075; .095; .110).

They glide so well that you can slide from 1st position to 12th position without hearing the movement, which is great for playing anything that requires many position changes.

They sound great when you're trying to thump out any Iron Maiden bass line, but I really like to play Black Sabbath bass lines with them because the sound is deep and heavy.

When I can justify buying a Fender P-Bass I will be using these strings for sure.

You may find that you have to adjust the action of your bass. I had to raise mine maybe 1mm before I got rid of the fret buzzing, but now I'm good to go.

They might be considered overkill for anyone other than a gigging player or at least someone in a garage band, but if you appreciate quality in anything then you'll appreciate these strings.

I learned to play Phantom of the Opera on guitar in my teens, so pounding out the intro bassline with these strings is magic.

If you're curious, just buy them, you won't regret it.

Update: 02/26/2007

This set is the same gauge as the Rotosound RS77LE, except that the silk ends of the strings sport the colours of Steve's favourite football team.

Don't put these on the Ibanez starter pack bass! They will bow your the neck of your bass. I would imagine that just about any entry level starter pack bass would not have an adequate tension rod so it may not be possible to compensate for the extra pull that these strings will generate.

Save these strings for a decent bass. I am currently using the Rotosound RS77LD (Gauges: 45-65-85-105) on a Squire Modified 70's Jazz bass. So far so good. Apparently the 40-100/45-105 gauge is pretty much standard, so you could try these instead.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
thick creamy drippy bass sound 16 Oct 2011
By Tad Sharpe - Published on Amazon.com
These rotosound flatwounds have TONS of bass, but its a bit bloated, not much mids and no highs, its like someone had a blanket over the bass amp, or a few. I have other flatwounds on my other basses. I put these on a new ibanez artcore afb200 bass, and after a quick setup to put things at a level I can handle, went to town with all sorts of runs and riffs and beats and riddems and walking bass lines, etc... it was not easy to get decent mids from these. popping brought out a wider sound spectrum, and they are wonderfully percussive. I'd like them to have a better high end.

overall, they are okay, but I will continue to search for flatwounds with some brightness to them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow! 14 April 2010
By Blackjack Bass - Published on Amazon.com
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I never tried flatwound strings or any strings made by Rotosound. Since I'm an Iron Maiden fan, I thought I'd try these on a P/J type bass. I selected these specific strings because my bass has a maple frettboard (not rosewood) and it really gives it a high end sound. The flatwounds, bring up the bottom end and tone down the high end to balance the bass out regardless of whether I favor my Precission pickups or the Jazz ones. The actual feel of these strings is not as rough as roundwound strings. However, since they are a very heavy gauge, I find myself working harder to press on the fretts. No big deal.

I switch back and forth between finger style and picking. For some odd reason, I thought you couldn't use a pick on flatwounds, but I was proven wrong. They definitely have a unique clear, but mellow sting to them when picked!

All in all, not bad for the price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
They Feel Great 30 Jun 2012
By J. Fleischer - Published on Amazon.com
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I put these on my Peavey Millenium 4 BXP. I had no issues with the tension of the strings vs. the neck as was mentioned in another review, although they definitely string up tighter than the lighter strings that I had been using. I play daily and have a definite feel for how my bass should sound.

As noted in the title, these flatwounds feel very nice to the fingers. Prior to buying these, I'd only played roundwounds and was delighted to get rid of the finger noise that comes with sliding my fingers down the neck. This was especially appreciated when using tapping techniques on the fretboard.

They look nice, they sounded nice, and they are very easy on the fingers.

That said, after they'd been on my bass for about a week, the A string went dead. It still played, but had a "thump" and a muted sound when I would play the string. The other strings still sounded right, but the third string just sounded wrong. We fiddled around with it and still couldn't get it to sound right. Upon closer examination, we found that the string had started to unwind under the blue silk up by the tuning post. I don't know if this was the issue, but it was the only visible difference between that string and the others.

I changed the strings out for some Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings (55-75-95-110) and it played right again. Sadly, I had to go back to the finger sounds as my fingers slid around on the strings. But, the Slinkys are half the price of the Rotosounds, and they sound fine.

When it comes time to change out my strings again, I will give the Rotosounds another shot, but, I was disappointed with how this set turned out. It could have been the way that I wound the posts, or, it could have been a quality control issue. I loved the feel of these strings and hope that my next set works out better than the first.
From a hardcore Maiden fan.... 5 Aug 2014
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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This is written as a top tier Iron Maiden fan. In the fan club, own all the studio and live albums, even the rarities. Mine are installed on his signature Fender P Bass. The sound is great, but as mentioned many times they will not produce the bright sound for long. Just like the great D'Addario Chromes, the zing leaves pretty early. Probably the most difficult thing to get over is the tension. I've got the action lowered to help overcome this - as with Steve I have some fret noise with almost every hit, it is that low. Your left forearm will be crying out while playing fast fills and power chords. Your right fingertips will ache from essentially slapping against a solid object for extended periods.

Steve must have some incredible strength built up from playing thousands of hours on these. I'm a left handed mechanic and have a hard time with them. If you must have every last bit of 'Arry tone, go ahead. The tension and quick loss of brightness is why I'm giving it a 3/5. As with most flats, the tone is versatile enough to cover any genre.
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