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DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings  

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Overview
  • Gauges 45-105
  • Black precoated wire
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $62.85
  • Your Savings:
    - $37.39
  • Your Price:
    $2546

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Fast and smooth with black precoated wire.

Gauges 45-105. Black Beauties are the latest in coated technology. The wire is precoated in black before winding for extra life and protection. DR Black Beauties are fast and smooth.

Features
  • Gauges 45-105
  • Black precoated wire

String up your bass with these beauties and get ready to be impressed.

 
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DR StringsBlack Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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          • Experienced (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Please Advise if You know of Better

        I've probably played bass as much as most of you readers and changed more strings along the way. Over the past dozen years have pretty much rotated between Roto Sound and D'Addario Nickel. For...Read complete review

        I've probably played bass as much as most of you readers and changed more strings along the way. Over the past dozen years have pretty much rotated between Roto Sound and D'Addario Nickel. For the most part, the DR is where I've landed and gratefully so. "Bass" and "mid" tones are easy to come by with any string. Character, brightness, ring and the right anount of sustain is a different matter. The DR Black Beauties offer just as much of the tonal characteristics as the aforementioned round wound strings and with the added bonus of cutting down on string noise and left hand nerve-ending pains. If long life in bass strings is your primary goal then you probably should switch to trombone but the Black Beauties do seem to hang in there thru many sweaty summertime gigs. Yes, the Nano Web design will last longer with even less string noise however from a tonal point-of-view, I'd rate Elixers slightly ahead of bungee cords.

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        Wishing i had bought Elixirs instead

        My Ibanez Protege came with Elixirs which I loved, but when it came time to replace them, I bought a set of these DR Black Beauties instead. Boy, do I wish I had...Read complete review

        My Ibanez Protege came with Elixirs which I loved, but when it came time to replace them, I bought a set of these DR Black Beauties instead. Boy, do I wish I had not done that.Here's why:1. The black coating will come off/wear off and be noticable in a few weeks, even if you play with your fingers and not a pick.2. I am now afraid to clean my strings with rubbing alcohol, or anything, less it accelerate the black coating's demise.3. If you do any kind of sliding between notes when you play, such as is heard in the song Badge by Cream, you can literally burn your finger with the heat generated by the black coating and the friction of the slide. It's an unusual side effect that does not happen with the Elixirs.4. These strings look cool, sound fine, but the Elixirs are better strings for the same price and last longer.I am a bassist with 35 years experience, who normally plays classic rock, rock or jazz with RW strings.Iwish I had never bought this brand, but had purchased the Elixir Nanoweb strings instead. They're outstanding strings.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer tone with Black Beauties

        By Basspolizei

        from Oklahoma

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Killer Looks
        • Smooth Feel For Rounds

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            Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

            I have played since 83' but have never traversed into the world of bass strings besides typical nickel or steel strings. They sound great. I then bought a new bass and broke a string tuning it up. It was a black Warwick Vampyre. Went in search of new strings and found DR Black Beauties. Wow - I am happy I did. I now have them on my Dark Lord and my Thumb. Incredible black shinning appearance and great tone. Somewhere between full rounds and flats. I say that only because they are coated which dull's the tone just a bit. But for metal it's a compliment actually because you can sound heavy with a smaller string. I love these and will most likely never play anything else! Enjoy....

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            5.0

            Great sound, feel and look!

            By LJV

            from Flint, MI

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Great Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

            Maybe I've lived a sheltered life but these are the nicest strings I've had on my bass so far.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful strings

            By ClayMor Guitars

            from Kingman, AZ

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            Pros

            • Look Great Sound Great

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                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                These strings play as good as they look

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Please Advise if You know of Better

                By teecolley

                from Indianapolis

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                I've probably played bass as much as most of you readers and changed more strings along the way. Over the past dozen years have pretty much rotated between Roto Sound and D'Addario Nickel. For the most part, the DR is where I've landed and gratefully so. "Bass" and "mid" tones are easy to come by with any string. Character, brightness, ring and the right anount of sustain is a different matter. The DR Black Beauties offer just as much of the tonal characteristics as the aforementioned round wound strings and with the added bonus of cutting down on string noise and left hand nerve-ending pains. If long life in bass strings is your primary goal then you probably should switch to trombone but the Black Beauties do seem to hang in there thru many sweaty summertime gigs. Yes, the Nano Web design will last longer with even less string noise however from a tonal point-of-view, I'd rate Elixers slightly ahead of bungee cords.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Man up for good tone!

                By Justin-cHNrf

                from Austin, TX

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                These string sound amazing and really hold their tone for quite a long time. I bought a set and played 10-12 hours per week for two months and they still sounded good. As far as the coating coming off, you'll notice it where the strings touch the frets or if you're not careful when putting through the saddle. The other complaint is the pain cause by "sharp" edges when sliding and well it's true. Just be sure to slide where your calluses are and you'l be fine. The ultimate goal is tone and these really deliver!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Wishing i had bought Elixirs instead

                By Walk_the_walk

                from Gainesville, FL

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                My Ibanez Protege came with Elixirs which I loved, but when it came time to replace them, I bought a set of these DR Black Beauties instead. Boy, do I wish I had not done that.Here's why:1. The black coating will come off/wear off and be noticable in a few weeks, even if you play with your fingers and not a pick.2. I am now afraid to clean my strings with rubbing alcohol, or anything, less it accelerate the black coating's demise.3. If you do any kind of sliding between notes when you play, such as is heard in the song Badge by Cream, you can literally burn your finger with the heat generated by the black coating and the friction of the slide. It's an unusual side effect that does not happen with the Elixirs.4. These strings look cool, sound fine, but the Elixirs are better strings for the same price and last longer.I am a bassist with 35 years experience, who normally plays classic rock, rock or jazz with RW strings.Iwish I had never bought this brand, but had purchased the Elixir Nanoweb strings instead. They're outstanding strings.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Killer Strings

                By Bigal76

                from Brownville, ME

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                I really love these strings. Ive been playing for years now and these strings are with out a doubt the best strings I have ever put on any of my basses.The only downside to these strings are the price. But if you are willing to spend the money these strings are the way to go!

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Don't Believe The DR Marketing Wonks' Reviews

                By Eman

                from Bethlehem, PA

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                I replaced Ernie Ball Super Slinky's with this set, hoping they would be closer to Elixirs, which were on my bass before the EB's. The first thing I'll say is that these strings have a very metallic/tinny tone. From my perspective, the "coating" is more like black spray paint--it does not feel any better than regular strings and in fact impedes smooth sliding between frets, particularly when it's hot/humid. Do they look cool? Yeah. Do they sound great? No, not really. Do they last a long time? I have no idea. I'm replacing them with Elixirs after only a few weeks. If you want great coated strings that are truly smooth, buy Rotosound flat tapewounds. If you want a great coated string that feels good, lasts long, produces great tone, and is more versatile than a flatwound string like Rotosounds, buy Elixirs. I'm sorry I fell for these DR reviews.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing strings

                By OddOneOut

                from Pennsylvania

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                These strings are amazing! The life on them is great, the sound quality is awesome, and the color is stunning. I originally was turned off by the price and instead bought a set of Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky strings (I personally prefer the .45 gage) that were about half the price. Never again will I make that mistake. I've had these strings on my bass for about 3 months now and hadn't had a problem since first putting them on. The color actually goes well with a 3-tone sunburst and after every gig I get a compliment on how "cool" my strings are. The only problem that I can see, but is a very minor problem, is that if you use a pick (I prefer finger picking), after an hour or two of constant playing the coating will start to fall off and make dust on your bass. Its easy to clean off though, so like I said its not a big issue.If you are looking for a great set of strings that will last you for practically forever, these are yours!!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                SWEET!

                Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings:

                I love these stringsThey last foreverThey sound greatThey look super coolThey are very smooth so they don't rip of the end of your fingersGreat price and deal!Try then and you will be sold!

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