(856) 292-3194
Cart | Wishlist | User Profile

SECURE SHOPPING Our site is tested by TWO services every day to protect your information.

McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams


We are an authorized retailer for everything we sell - we do not use unathorized or "shady" sources.
Gollihur Music is a LBGQT+ Friendly Business   Gollihur Music

Strings for Double BassStrings for 3/4 and 4/4 size Basses

Innovation Rockabilly - 140RB (Rock a Billy) Med/Light Tension Strings

         Manufactured by: Innovation Strings

Continental US - larger items may carry a partial shipping charge to AK, HI and PR
You've got options! Click the drop-down to choose (prices starting at $189.00)
Choose String SET:
-- Select Individual Innovation Rockabilly Strings

This Item SHIPS FOR FREE in the USA!
(Note that larger items may carry a partial shipping charge to AK, HI and PR.)
     Outside the USA? Log in, or add this item to your cart to see actual shipping costs to your state or country.
     (You can easily remove it if you change your mind.)

California Residents: Please view our Proposition 65 Message

Innovation Rockabilly Strings Innovation Double Bass Strings have a unique, non-metallic core which provide a gut-like tone without the cost or maintenance of gut upright bass strings. They hold their pitch well in climate and temperature changes, and most of their strings are equally suited for pizzicato (plucking) and arco (bowing).

Many of Innovation's strings are similar in design, but they assign different names to the different tensions/gauges. For instance, if you like the description of these strings but prefer a firmer feel, the Ultra Blacks are the way to go -- this "Rockabilly" set is essentially the "Ultra Black Light." You don't have to play Rockabilly to enjoy these strings, either -- they have a great old-timey pizz tone.

Innovation Rockabilly Strings were the first offering in their "Slap" line of strings and have a distinctive black outer winding over a synthetic core. These strings, designed specifically for the needs of rockabilly bassists, provide warmer, darker tone with decent volume, making them a great string for players who play predominantly slap-style.

Their decidedly gut-like tone - and softness - makes them a great alternative to the expense and maintenance requirements of real gut strings.

Players report that the Rockabilly strings are a good synthetic slap-style string - and they have the side benefit that they actually sound quite good for jazz pizzicato playing; they provide the player with enough sustain and growl to cover a jazz gig without changing to a different string. They are a little stiffer in feel than the Silver Slaps or Golden Slaps (an important distinction is made between "stiffness" and "tension") so the feel of the string is somewhat different.

Note: All of the Innovation strings do not contain any ferrous materials; they are not suitable for use with a magnetic pickup, like the Schaller we carry. They will work with all typical piezo-based pickups (like the Realist, Full Circle, and all the K&K pickups and systems).

Innovation designs these 3/4 size bass strings to fit on a standard 3/4 size bass. They may very well fit your bass if it is larger than 3/4. For your reference, the lengths of the string, as measured against the bass tailpiece to the nut is 51.5 inches, plus an additional 17 inches to handle stringing in the headstock.

For a comparison chart of the differences between the different Innovation String models, visit our Innovation Strings "Manufacturer" Page.

String Lengths
  • Ball end to nut (Afterlength + Playing Length): 51.5 inches/136cm
  • Afterlength (Ball end to bridge): 5.5 inches/14cm
  • Wound top of string (pegbox): 17 inches/43cm

String Gauges:
.078 .087 .100 .124
Concerning rumors of "re-formulation" of Innovation Strings, with GHS Update for Summer 2019

In early 2017, some rumors started, saying that Innovation strings had been "reformulated" and "were not the same" as strings produced before. At that time, I confirmed with the manufacturer in Wales that the cores for ALL Innovation strings had not been altered for at least 5-6 years prior to that. The only change had been the silk colors for the Silver Slaps, changing from mauve to purple, and the gradual switch from their old style "slug" ends to a more common-style ball end.

In 2019, GHS Strings (USA) acquired Innovation, and brought over their winding machinery and materials stock, and have been trained to make the strings exactly the same way as before, so there will be no difference or reformulation moving forward, either. Same strings, now made in the USA!

Is this product returnable? Click here for our return policy.
Is there a Factory Warranty? Click here to find Warranty Information for all of our manufacturers.
International customer? Click here for important information about ordering from outside the USA, and what to expect concerning taxes, VAT, delivery times, and more.

Check Out the FAQ Resources That Apply to This Product:
   STRINGS: String Identification Chart

Related Products

Innovation Rockabilly REDS - 90140RR Med Tension Red Strings
Innovation Rockabilly REDS - 90140RR Med Tension Red Strings

Let's be honest, it takes a pretty special player to rock red strings. And these new strings from Innovation hold nothing back. Modeled after the Silver and Golden Slap sets, they make a big visual impression with their bold red windings -- which look particularly cool on a blonde bass! And to match their appearance, they have a gutsy, slap-friendly tone that really works in some of the more "brash" music styles. Special care went into their development to get the string balance "just right." No holds barred!
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)

From $189.00

Innovation Ultra Blacks - 140UB (UltraBlack) Med/High Tension Strings
Innovation Ultra Blacks - 140UB (UltraBlack) Med/High Tension Strings

Innovation UB (Ultra-Black) Double Bass Strings are named for their distinctive "Ultra Black" nylon flatwound outer winding; they work well for a player seeking a fuller, dark-sounding string with a stronger tension for heavier-handed playing. They work really well for traditional jazz and other styles; not so great for bowing, due to the flat, smooth nylon finish. The "Rockabilly" set from Innovation is basically this string in a "light" version.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)

From $189.00

Strings: Choices for Rockabilly and Psychobilly Slap Bass Players
Strings: Choices for Rockabilly and Psychobilly Slap Bass Players

Looking to set up your bass for Rockabilly? It all starts with the strings, and here are a few you might consider...

From $142.50

Some of our customers have told us what they think about this product.
Check out what they had to say!
Last month I had my Cremona bass up for sale but since I put those Rockabilly strings you recommended I can't stop playing it. The most impressive is how the E string rings out with depth and clarity... Sweet. Thank You, thank you.
Joey A. (November 2014)