SWING BASS 66 | ROTOSOUND

WORLD FAMOUS MUSIC STRINGS

SWING BASS 66

Stainless Steel or Nickel Roundwound
The string that started a revolution and brought the bass player from the back line to the front.

This is the string that James How and John Entwistle perfected into what was to become the industry standard. The bright punchy high energy sound this string offered and so much a big part of early rock music as we know it, quickly grew in popularity to all four corners of the globe and remains the leading contender to this present day.

The John Entwistle connection 1966

“It was in 1966 and I was looking for that Danelectro sound again. I tried everybody’s strings but the E and the A’s just didn’t work. It was the same with Rotosound but there was something about them that was almost there but not quite. To solve the problem I got in touch with James How and told him his D and G strings were great but the E and A didn’t vibrate properly.

He told me to take my bass along to Rotosound and have some strings made until they got it right. After a couple of hours, we realised that the problem wasn’t in the wire winding, but in the core of the string. You could see that the strings vibrated in a big circle and that was wrong; the core needed to be thicker.

We also made the overall gauges a bit heavier and they sent me away with 12 sets to use. A couple of days later they called and asked if I objected to them putting my name to the strings and selling them commercially. I told them I didn’t mind as long as they kept me supplied with free strings!

But then we had to do the same with medium and short scale strings because I had loads of different basses by then. Those strings, the RS 66 sets, were the first that vibrated properly other than the Danelectros.”

Product Code
C
G
D
A
E
B
4 String Sets – Stainless Steel
RS66LA
30
50
65
85
FM66
30
50
70
90
RS66LB
35
55
70
90
RS66LC
40
60
75
95
SM66
40
60
80
100
RS66LD
45
65
80
105
RS66LE
50
70
85
110
RS66LF
45
65
85
105
D
A
E
B
RS66LH
65
80
105
130
A
E
B
F#
RS66LH+
85
105
135
175
C
G
D
A
E
B
5 String Sets – Stainless Steel
RS665LB
35
55
70
90
120
RS665LC
40
60
75
95
125
SM665
40
60
80
100
125
RS665LD
45
65
80
105
130
6 String Sets – Stainless Steel
SM666
30
40
60
80
100
125
RS666LC
30
40
60
75
95
125
RS666LD
35
45
65
80
105
130
8 String Set – Stainless Steel
RS668
20
30
35
45

45
65
80
105
Double Ball End 4 & 5 String Sets – Stainless Steel
RDB66LC
40
60
75
95
RDB66LD
45
65
80
105
RDB665LD
45
65
80
105
130
Non Standard Scale Lengths – Stainless Steel
RS66S – Short
40
50
75
90
RS66M – Medium
40
50
75
90
RS66EL – Extra Long
45
65
85
105
4 & 5 String Sets – Nickel
SM66N
40
60
80
100
RS66LDN
45
65
85
105
RS66LN
45
65
80
100
RS665LDN
45
65
85
105
130
Custom Box Singles
With so many musicians now experimenting with their own special gauges and drop tunings it is hardly surprising to know that Rotosounds Swingbass Custom Box Singles, first introduced in the 60’s, enjoys more popularity now than ever before. With such a wide range starting from 0.025″ to 0.140″ in increments of 0.005″ there will be a gauge to suit everyone’s custom set.
Please click here for our scale and string length guide

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PLAYED BY

John Entwistle
Geddy Lee
Billy Sheehan
Noel Redding
Dennis Dunaway
Jaco Pastorius
Chris Squire
Duff McKagan
John Paul Jones
Bruce Foxton
Paul McGuigan

HEARD ON

Live at Leeds – The Who
Who’s Next – The Who
Moving Pictures – Rush
Eat em and Smile – David Lee Roth
Lean Into it – Mr Big
Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
School’s Out – Alice Cooper
Appetite for Destruction – Guns n’ Roses
3 – Led Zeppelin
In the City – The Jam
What’s the Story, Morning Glory – Oasis

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