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SM66N Nickel Hybrid Gauge Roundwound Bass Strings (40 60 80 100)

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Summary

  • Rotosound strings for electric bass SWING 66 NICKEL ROUNDWOUND 4-str. SM66N Nickel - Hybrid 40-100
  • Swing Bass, nickel-plated, with silk covering at both ends
  • long scale (34"/860mm) - also suitable up to medium (32"/810mm)
  • Since 1966, these Swing Bass strings, perfected by James How and John Entwistle, have been considered the industry standard to which all bass string manufacturers refer.
  • The bright, punchy, energetic sound of the swing bass strings is part of early rock music history and moves bassists from the back row to the front of the stage.

SM66N Nickel Hybrid Gauge Roundwound Bass Strings (40 60 80 100) Description

Rotosound SM66N Nickel Hybrid Gauge Roundwound Bass Strings (40 60 80 100)
Manufacturer's Description

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.

Product Description

A nickel-coated version of our best-selling Swing Bass 66 strings. This is the roundwound string that James How and John Entwistle perfected into what was to become the industry standard. The bright, punchy, high-energy sound of Swing Bass 66 strings is a major part of early rock music history and brought the bass player from the back line to the front of the stage.

Box Contains

1 pack bass strings

Brand: Rotosound
Model: SM66N
Color: Nickel
Size: SM66N (40-100)
Manufacturer: Rotosound
Publication Date: 11 June 2009
Release Date: 18 August 2014
Item dimensions: 2H x 16L x 16W cm

Details

OPC PDS255V
Brand
Rotosound
Codes 0686194000103 (EAN)

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