RotoSound R9 Guitar Strings First Impressions
I was recommended this RotoSound guitar string brand by a very knowledgeable guitar salesman. It is VERY rare to meet a guitar tech who is both knowledgeable and respectful. Whenever I walk into a Guitar Center for example, the first thing they ask is “Are you here for your son?” Ugh. It is a waste of time to say anything other than ‘yes’, as it involves a series of drawn out questions from the guitar tech, and almost always ends up with them showing me terribly made ‘girl’ guitar. And it happens EVERY FREAKING TIME, AT ANY GUITAR CENTER! So, Guitar Center, if you are reading this, ask your techs to change their greeting to something like “Hi, how may I help you” (like every other business on the planet), and I can respond, “Yes, please, I need some guitar strings.”
But I digress….
So I found a local mom and pop guitar shop. It’s worth the extra dollar. The guitar fella suggested that I try these RotoSound R9 guitar strings. He swore up and down that these were the best strings ever and better than the Ernie Ball Super Slinkys, which I had came for. That is a very high stake claim, Super Slinkys are lovely. But, since I’m not married to that guitar string brand, and they are the same price, I thought I’d give it a go with the RotoSounds.
Initial reaction to the RotoSound guitar strings. I’m skeptical for a number of reasons. The packaging is very flimsy. So flimsy in fact, that I hung it on the wall instead of storing in the gig bag so that it wouldn’t get damaged. The RotoSound strings are not in individual packages, and they give you a free high E string. While that is a lovely thought, there is no place to put the additional string! And it also impresses the idea that the strings are not tough enough, and decided to give you a free E string, just in case.
So, who plays with these strings? The Buzzcocks (That name is awesome, and must look them up!) Steve Harris (That’s the bassist for Iron Maiden). Florence and the Machine (more bass than guitars, but ok). Geddy Lee (the bassist for Rush)… They are are many bassists listed here, but not really for guitar.
Many English bands are listed here, Pink Floyd, Yes…. Oh, I see, these strings are made in England. Dave Gilmore is known for his GHS Boomers by the way, so it was probably Syd Barrett that used RotoSound. Moving on…
RotoSound has been around since the 1960s. The strings ball ends are color coded. Red, white, blue, red, white, ok, what? Blue. Apparently the three bass strings and the three solo strings are color coded the same. The instructions say to feel the strings tension to tell which string is what.
Something is rattling in this package. Guitar strings shouldn’t rattle, oh, it must be the do not eat preservation package.
OK, so let’s open this package up and put them on Chili, my Fender Stratocaster. My guitars are named Chili and Chicken, there is a story behind that, and one day maybe I’ll post about it.
Beginner guitar players who are just learning how to string a guitar are going to feel a bit of angst when using this product. All of the strings are wrapped together, blue on blue, white on white… I know you all at RotoSound are trying to save the environment and stuff, but seriously, making a product more difficult use is probably not a good idea, particularly if you cater to guitar players of all ranks.
Soooo, just putting the strings on, the high E string snapped off. Glad they gave me another string!
The guitar amp I use is a Roland MicroCube. Fresh strings are always great. RotoSound sounds pretty good! Not my Slinky’s but pretty good! I like them.
If you already know how to change strings properly, then you might like these strings. If you are new to the guitar or like to store your strings in a gig bag, you might want to use better packaged strings.
How do you feel about these RotoSound Strings? Do you have your music to share with RotoSound guitar strings? Comment below.