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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...Read More

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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 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (4)
    • Back-up (3)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    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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    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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    1.0

    A disaster

    By kuleboy

    from Racine,Wisconsin

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      Fitted a new set on to my Warwick Streamer bass and the sound was awful. The G string was totally dead, the D string brighter but still not as bright as my previous set which were years old. The A string was again dull but not as dull as the G string and the E string was similar to the A string. All told a very disappointing experience. DR need to check their QC these string were all over the place in terms of tone consistency. Now I have to go to the hassle of getting my money refunded. What a nightmare!

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      5.0

      WoW what a product. Thank you DR

      By BassMan

      from Central Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Amazing Sound For Coated
      • Beautiful Strings
      • Bright Easy To Play
      • Consistent
      • Easy on fingers
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Need I Say More
      • Quality Sound
      • Stays In Tune Longer
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Be Careful When Restrin
      • But Just Use Extra Care
      • Its Worth The Effort
      • You Can Scratch The Coati

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Great In Any Venue
      • Practicing

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

      There are many great sounding strings in the markets today. I think your own taste and experience with using them for your particular axe is a choice each one of us make. But we also look at what other musicians have to say about the products they use and the guality they receive. I can honesty say that DR coated strings are not only a new concept in string design but will amaze you how great they play and sound. From the first beat to the last you will not be disappointed. I have a Peavey PBass full scale and a short scale, all I can say is thanks DR keep up the good work.

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      5.0

      Great Sound and Look great !

      By Bluesplayer52

      from Cave City Ky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Look Great
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        Provides great tone and easy playing along with a nice look.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer tone with Black Beauties

        By Basspolizei

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Killer Looks
        • Smooth Feel For Rounds

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful strings

            By ClayMor Guitars

            from Kingman, AZ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Look Great Sound Great

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                These strings play as good as they look

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 6 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.

                Comment on this review

                (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!

                Comment on this review

                (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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