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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:34 am 
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Iuse flats on my 80 4001 and love the sound on my 06 4003 I have decided to stay with the ric, strings because I was impressed with the sound and tone I am getting in the studio with them so I will continue to stock up and use the ric rounds, didnt ric used to make flatwounds and why did they stop, also heard alot of raves about maxima flatwound strings I belive but not sure ric, also used to make, why not bring them back, when my 4001C64 arrives im going to put T I Flats on her.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:08 am 
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i couldn't find many brands with heavier strings than 105, so i got GHS (i think the E was a 115...)


That particular GHS or similar heavy gauged set with a .115 gauged E string is very good for if you plan on keeping your bass tuned down a step or even a step and a half.

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RIC strings last longer, they don't wear out your frets within the year, have a very nice crisp clean ring to them (even cleaner than RS). Do yourself a favor and stock up on RIC strings. I have :)

You're right, the RIC strings are very nice and I'd like to use them, but I use lower priced strings because I have several basses to put strings on.

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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:26 am 
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I hear ya I have seven to string, I use Tetrahedron flats on my 4001,rotosound66swind bass strings on my p-bass, ghs flea signitures on my 60 anni, jass bass, d"addarreo med flats on my fretless jass,ric, rounds on my 4003. dean makley rounds on my 5string, and though she is out of action right now,i also use roto sound 66 swing bass strings on my 65 p-bass,I currently have a set off T I Flats that I will put on my 4001C64 when she arrives, I also have a 90's Danelectro comming , but am not sure whats strings I'll use on her, but I am leaning toward, d{"addarreo's for it.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:30 am 
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Having seven basses makes no differance if you only play one at a time. It's the same as playing the heck out of one. The down side of using cheap strings is they can ruin the sound of the best guitar. Use good stuff and you'll sound great! (like a ric)


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:30 am 
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I used to use RotoSound Swing Bass rounds back in the 70's-early 80's too. The sound went flat fairly quickly as I found muself giving them a bath in boiling water after a few months and then changing them at least every six. I use RIC nickel rounds now and, although they are more expensive, they last a year...and no boiling! The fact that Squire changes them every night should tell you something, and not just that he gets them for free.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:52 am 
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Chris uses Rotosound Swing Bass .95, .75, .60, .40. Thats where all the twang comes from. I know he used to use 105-45 standard set, but switched to this other gauge for the tighter sound. He says he was happier with this guage. On the earlier Yes albums there is a lot more bass end, that's the standard gauge. Close To The Edge onwards, he uses the lighter custom set.


That's my set, but sometimes switch to the 100 on other basses.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:07 pm 
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Our objection to the early Rotosounds had nothing to do with fret wear but the excess tension beyond design load placed upon the 4001 basses. Careful setup and knowledgeable adjustment avoided most problems but back then those seemed to be in short supply.

Also, you must note that Chris's sound back then came from changing string at EVERY performance, something only someone like Chris who got free strings could afford to do.


Hey there,

Is the tension an issue on the 4001CS with the dual truss rod?
I have never experienced a problem but I've never gone beyond the RTS SM66's?


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:12 am 
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Our objection to the early Rotosounds had nothing to do with fret wear but the excess tension beyond design load placed upon the 4001 basses. Careful setup and knowledgeable adjustment avoided most problems but back then those seemed to be in short supply.

Also, you must note that Chris's sound back then came from changing string at EVERY performance, something only someone like Chris who got free strings could afford to do.
Hey there,

Is the tension an issue on the 4001CS with the dual truss rod?
I have never experienced a problem but I've never gone beyond the RTS SM66's?
The CS shoudn't have a problem. Its a modern bass. Post 4001 builds. Should have the same saftey status as a 4003.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:43 pm 
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i never had any idea that squire played with 95s. i play the rs66lc (stainless 95s), and really believe these are the perfect strings for the 4003. i've never had such clear tone (not clean ...). i can cut through almost anything with the lighter gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire ...strings...
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:56 pm 
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As far as I can gather Chris still uses RS66LD 45-105.
The updated neck/truss rod design on the CS doesnt have the problem that the RM had in the 60s.
Having said that even though it was as thin as anything my old 1963 RM that Andrew Winter now owns never had a problem with RS66LD strings.
The 60s basses had very little wood behind/under the nut and the headstock angle was almost straight compared to the modern basses.That often lead to the headstock bending forward. The way basses were stored and cared for had a bearing on the state of the neck too.
Watch out if you go to a lighter set of strings as the nut may need changing if the slots are too deep for the thinner strings.


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