Rotosound Swing Bass 66 Billy Sheehan (43-110)


Stainless Steel 4 String Set

The string that started a revolution and brought the bass player from the back line to the front.

But in this version, the gauge combination that makes up a completely customized set of strings has been selected by no other than Mr. Billy Sheehan.


G: 43  / D: 65  / A: 80  / E: 110

Type: Rounds / Stainless Steel / Custom Gauge


In stock (can be backordered)


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.”


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