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DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings   

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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 Bl...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Long life (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (13)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice set of deep, dark strings

I was a dedicated Dean Markley Blue Steel player, but recently switched to these based on a saleman's recommendation. They look great, but more importantly add that deep tone I was looking for...Read complete review

I was a dedicated Dean Markley Blue Steel player, but recently switched to these based on a saleman's recommendation. They look great, but more importantly add that deep tone I was looking for (I play a Jackson JS3 Concert Bass which already has a deep tone). They do wear in places where the pick and fingers strike, but this has not changed their sound. And did I mention that they look sick on a Red Quilt bass with black hardware?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Best bass strings available

By Jim the Bassist

from Denver

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    Best strings I ever used. I dig in pretty hard while playing and these strings still last me at least 6 months. I just wipe them down with alcohol when they feel gummy. Have used them for about 10 years. My first choice in strings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The only strings I use !

    By The Preacher Man

    from Bonne Terre, Mo.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

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

      I think Ive tried about every string out there over the past 30 years! But the Black beauties are the only strings I use....they stay bright longer...stay in tune better...plus I like the the "Black" look!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dr black beauties

      By Johnny Mac

      from Louisville kentucky

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      Verified Buyer

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

      Very nice I have 17 basses,,,,,,and I'm putting them on at lest 8 of them

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lives up to its name

      By Griffin

      from Saint Paul, MN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Slap

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

        These are my personal favorite strings. On top of just being flat out sexy, these strings sound fantastic. My professor reccodmended these to me, I had my doubts but I was NOT disappointed. I'm playing every day for hours, the last time I strung my bass was almost 4 months ago and they still sound brand spankin' new!

         
        4.0

        Good strings

        By Uncle Jesse

        from Belgrade, MT

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Overall they are really good strings. Sound sharp and tight. The black coating is a little strange in regard to the texture. If you slide really fast you can give your self a burn. Otherwise I dig them and they look great on a blacked out bass.

           
          4.0

          I would buy these again

          By Sojourner

          from Brick, NJ

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts

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

            having always used flatwounds, these were a leap for me, but worth the risk. The sound is definitely punchier, and "bigger" for lack of a better word. Practicing is a little tough, at least right out of the box, due to finger noise. I hear that lessens with time though, and plugged in and amped they sound great.

             
            4.0

            Don't buy the guitar version

            By Ironjrod

            from Saginaw, MI

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • On A Bass
              • Practicing

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

              The bass strings are good. Nothing wrong yet. They've retained their tone and brightness, and the coating has stayed on

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice set of deep, dark strings

              By Scott

              from Thousand Oaks, CA

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Killer Looks
              • Stay In Tune Forever
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                I was a dedicated Dean Markley Blue Steel player, but recently switched to these based on a saleman's recommendation. They look great, but more importantly add that deep tone I was looking for (I play a Jackson JS3 Concert Bass which already has a deep tone). They do wear in places where the pick and fingers strike, but this has not changed their sound. And did I mention that they look sick on a Red Quilt bass with black hardware?

                 
                4.0

                Good....but

                By KW in Tucson

                from Tucson AZ

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                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Not Consistent

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                Having used DR strings for years, I thought I would go with the Black Beauties for my Green and Black Tobias.. The look is fantastic, the feel of the strings reminds me of elixirs, However, as others have previously posted, I experienced 2 of the strings being more 'dead' than the other 2. The G and D strings had a tone similar to my old fat beams, while the A and E had noticeably more brightness to them. I contacted DR directly. They were very apologetic and are sending me a new set. So far hasn't soiled their reputation with me.

                 
                5.0

                love them

                By skewkie

                from toms river n.j.

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • After Reading About Them
                • And Om My God Was I
                • Awesome
                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • I Bought These Strings
                • Impressed The Sound
                • Long Life
                • Strong
                • The Power And Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  great strings as far as I am concerned

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