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Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium  

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Gauges: 55-70-90-105.

Fender has been an instrument of choice for many of the greatest musicians since 1946. Fender's popularity through the generations is a result of their design innovation... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gauges: 55-70-90-105.

Fender has been an instrument of choice for many of the greatest musicians since 1946. Fender's popularity through the generations is a result of their design innovations and commitment to quality. These long scale electric bass strings reflect this legacy and are worthy of the Fender name. Attention to detail and the finest materials ensure that you will get the best feeling and greatest sounding replacement strings, set after set.

Fender Stainless 9050M bass strings are flatwound for a warm, rich tone.

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Fender9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Long life (8)
  • Well built / quality (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Initially bright tone, tight feel

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers...Read complete review

I've been switching between these and D'Addario Chromes for the last five years. During this period, as well as playing the odd gig with my indie band, I have played hundreds of covers gigs in a variety of environments (including extremely high temperature and humidity). I've broken several of the Chromes, as they are wrapped on a small roundwound string to add brightness - I've never broken one of the Fenders.

The 9050Ms start off with a very bright tone; when using a pick and adjusting EQ to suit, you can get very aggressive tones if you want. Harmonics ring out beautifully if you do that Jaco thing, for example.

They're excellent strings if you have a short recording session, as they have good presence without being too bright and generating lots of string noise. I'm always done in under four hours, so there's never been a noticeable change in tone during recording.

They will eventually settle in & lose some of their harmonic overtones, but it does take a while. Once they do, you get access to all the good stuff - that fingerstyle Motown thing, Paul Simonon's flatwound punk, Roger Waters thumpy rock tone etc.

The only con I could think of is that they are relatively high tension - I like a good boat anchor, as I hit hard at times, but lesser men may prefer something a little softer ;)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Typical Fender - - - They got everything 90% right.

Pro's
- Made in USA
- Great price
- Decent quality

Con's
- Too bright for most classic rock
- Lime Green silks are a bit too...Read complete review

Pro's
- Made in USA
- Great price
- Decent quality

Con's
- Too bright for most classic rock
- Lime Green silks are a bit too neon (cosmetic "con" only)
My brother muttered something about wanting to take up the bass guitar so I bought him a cheap used Squier Affinity 4-string P-bass as his first bass to learn on. It desperately needed new strings and I thought he might like to start out with flatwound strings since they don't squeak. I was going to buy a set of D'addario Chromes when the search engine brought up these Fender strings. At the price they were priced right for a set of flats and the fact that they were made in USA appealed to me.

So, I bit.

When they arrived I put them on the bass. The first thing I noticed was that the E string took all but 1/8" of the small-diameter silk winding. If the string stretches much at all then tuning up will cause the fat part of the string to end up on the tuner post. The other 3 strings did not exhibit this problem.

Stainless steel strings are known for being bright, but these are quite trebley. The P-bass lacks the bottom end it had with the ancient strings I removed. Even setting the EQ for heavy bass tone yields only a moderately deep bass response. Not what I was expecting.

Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about. My brother is a beginner so he won't worry as much about tone as he does technique in the early phase of his bass playing, but I probably won't buy these again. I think they might be a good choice on any bass with a "mudbucker" pickup, such as an old Gibson EB0, EB3, or SG bass.
E-string was a bit too long. Otherwise, these appear to be well-made strings.
Price was outstanding.

Reviewed by 28 customers

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5.0

Love them! Great tone, feel great.

By Ed

from Longview, WA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy on the fingers
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    Used DR coated strings til now, I'm a flatwound convert.

     
    5.0

    Love them

    By Virgil

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    Love these strings. Long lasting and stainless steel means no constant wiping to keep them from rusting.

     
    5.0

    Fender Flatwound Bass Strings

    By DENNIS

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

    Absolutely fabulous sound and feel from these strings. They last longer than reg bass strings. They sound great on my T-bird Bass and Acoustic 2-15's!

     
    5.0

    Good buy, good price

    By Punk Rock Bassist

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

      Good set of strings for any genre. Great deep yet punchy sound.

       
      5.0

      Great value

      By Steve

      from San Jose CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

          Great strings for the price

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Too much tension for my P bass

          By Country Bass Man

          from Fort Worth, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Breaks Easy

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

          My first time trying out a flat wound string. Bought this 55 - 105 gauge because it was cheaper than other gauges, just thought it didn't really matter. I put on the strings and I needed a major adjustment on my truss rod because the tension was a lot more than my original round would - and action was way too high. Many times of loosening and tightening of the strings during the adjustment the bottom string (055) snapped. Well I guess it was cheap because maybe other people go for a little bit lighter gauges when using the flat wound. Lesson learned...

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome strings.

          By pocketknife

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

            I normally use the Light version of these strings but decided to give these Mediums a try. They are very big strings. I had to use a nut file to widen the nut slots for these strings. I'm playing a bass with a single split coil pickup and it sounds amazing with these strings. I'm playing mostly with my fingers but I decided to use a pick and the volume jumped way up. I had to turn down and re-eq. I love these strings. They are big and bold with all the lows you'll need and they are plently bright for most styles of music. I only use Fender 9050s.

             
            5.0

            Great strings

            By kevin

            from cleveland

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Perfect For Dropped Tunin
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Extremely High Tension
            • Harmonics
            • Poor Harmonics
            • Tiring To Play

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Blues
            • Concerts
            • Dropped Tunings
            • Jazz
            • Metal
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

            Bought these strings for a rounder tone and higher tension.They deliver in bucket loads!I was able to play I'm able to play in drop B tuning without the tone becoming too muddy! Amazing strings at a low price.

             
            5.0

            Flats

            By TJ

            from St. Louis

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Nice And Smooth

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

              Nice strings for jazz or blues.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent value

              By Steve

              from Toledo, OH

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium:

                  I've used flat wounds for a number of years, and have spent a lot more money than the Fenders cost. But I've never found any flat wound strings I like better, and the price is unbeatable. GREAT VALUE! I have them on a 90s MIM P Bass, an 80s Peavey T60, and a 70s MIJ J Bass clone (Starfield). The Fender strings sound really good on all thsoe different basses.

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