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Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by RIP, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    To me it worked every time! Boiled with some detergent, for 15 minutes, they are as good as new. They don't last too much though.
     
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    I have been a Flatwound user for some years now and prefer them over rounds. I use TI's and EB Cobalts on the majority of my Basses. Though I do have roundwound DR Lo-Riders on a Washburn Bass and La Bella White Nylon Tapewounds on my ABG.
     
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    For roundwounds, I strongly prefer DR. I've been using the High Beams on my Carvin LB76W, but may go back to the Sunbeams on that one. My Carvin BK40A loves the High Beams, though. For aggressive pick rock, I like their hex core strings, such as the Low Riders. I could see maybe putting those on my Rickenbacker 4003 again (currently I have the Sunbeams on that one too).

    As for flats, I have a lot less brand loyalty, and in fact really didn't like the DR flats when I tried them. I really like the LaBellas I've got on my Precision. I like the Roto 77 Jazz flats when I want something brighter and stiffer (they're great on the Ric, for instance). I've got D'Addario Chromes on my defretted Aria Pro II, and they sing nicely on that bass.
     
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    jester Moderator Moderator

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    We have similar taste, DR round cores. Do you find that Sunbeams are a bit too tame, even for nickel strings?
     
  5. Bassist4Eris

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    I'm a slapper, and sometimes I think they don't really have enough snap for slap, which is why I'm currently using the High Beams on my main bass (the LB76W). But I really like the warm growl of the Sunbeams on that bass too.

    For me, it often comes down to the specific bass. Some basses just pair nicely with some strings, to my ears. The Sunbeams really bring my LB76W to life, while they can sound a bit "meh" on some of my other basses. They're really the wrong choice for the Ric, for example.
     
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    Like both D'Addrio Chromes and Halfwounds
    Sadowsky Flats as well which are probably made by LaBella

    D'Addario Prosteels or DR Hi Beams for roundwounds
     
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    DR DDT Stainless Steel is the weapon of my choice, I like D-Tuners and use them in three songs :cool:
    Or if I want it more fancy, especially for live-shows I prefer DR neon-green :)
     
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    Is there anyone for Elixir?
     
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    Hardy Good Vibe Sponsor

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    For my acoustic basses and the dust collectors, means those basses which I only play once a year.
     
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    Do they not sound good?
     
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    Hardy Good Vibe Sponsor

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    They do, but they feel a bit too slick for my taste and ofc they are expensive as hell.
     
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    I am all for Elixirs. They are in fact effectively cheaper than other strings.
     
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    Thanks fellas. I think my sweaty paws demand a try at least. Been on Rotos and Markleys for a while so time for a change!
     
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    Besides Flats, which I really have no interest in stringing up, whats your guys thoughts on strings that bring out the lows?....i use DRs which are pretty mid friendly, so I'm looking for something a little different
     
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    My basses have newtone strings,kaliun and dadario.
    The most imporyant is..they are OLD
     
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    I tried DR DDT strings for downtuning one of my rics to C...
    There is no difference whatsoever between ordinary and DDT and they get just as sloppy as any other .045 set.

    Complete bullsh*t product! If you want to downtune to C get a 35-36" scale bass or really heavy gauge strings. There is no other way.
     
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    I switched to Ernie Ball Cobalts because of my nickel allergy. Sound quite nice and are cheaper than DR.

    They only work for D Tuning but not for C-Tunings.
     
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    Wait! My favorite strings? NEW strings! ;)
     
  19. Bassist4Eris

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    I'm back to being dissatisfied with Sunbeams. They sound great for fingerstyle but they're too dark for slap. I'm going to try another set of Pure Blues my next go round.
     
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    Sadly, they do not deliver on many setups. I got a set of SunBeams and a set of HighBeams last time I bought strings, to test them side by side. HighBeams won hands down. :)
     
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