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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
  • Fast and smooth

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 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Long life (9)
  • Well built / quality (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (17)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Back-up (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Please Advise if You know of Better

By teecolley

from Indianapolis

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer tone with Black Beauties

By Basspolizei

from Oklahoma

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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....

      (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

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Wishing i had bought Elixirs instead

          By Walk_the_walk

          from Gainesville, FL

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          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Man up for good tone!

          By Justin-cHNrf

          from Austin, TX

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          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!

          (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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            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!

              (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?

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  SWEET!

                  By LEFTY-J_vZU

                  from MO

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                  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!

                  (1 of 3 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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Killer Strings

                  By Bigal76

                  from Brownville, ME

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                  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!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect for a Thunderbird

                  By Clint Stiles-6WkKG

                  from Albany IL

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

                  I use the DR Black Beauties exclusively on my Gibson Thunderbird and Gibson Blackbird (Nikki Sixx bass). Everyone talks about how these retain their brightness and "newness" - which is why I was hesitant to use them. I prefer a more round, warm, and deep tone. However, the DR Black Beauties "warmed up" rather quickly and produce a very nice, dark, deep tone. The mahogany wood really works well with these strings to produce a great acoustic ressonance, which even sounds "bassy" unplugged. I've had other strings (GHS, D'Addario, etc...) on my T'Birds, but these sound the deepest. They do tend to develop the silver areas where your fingers contact the strings the most, usually after about 3 shows, but the tone only gets better with age, and I dont replace them until they break. They also look really cool with the black hardware on the T-birds - a very custom look.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing strings

                  By OddOneOut

                  from Pennsylvania

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                  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!!

                   
                  5.0

                  I will buy this product again.

                  By John John

                  from Ocean Springs, MS

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

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

                    Great look, same tone.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Delivery was prompt.

                     
                    5.0

                    Have been using these for years

                    By Jim The Bassman

                    from Denver

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

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

                      Have used these strings for at least the past 10 years. They last a ridiculously long time. I usually leave them on for about 6 months. When they get gummy or sticky just clean them with alcohol and good to go again!
                      They cost a little bit more but sound bright and look cool for months.
                      I have used other coated strings where the coating starts to break down and shed after a few weeks - never happened with these.

                       
                      5.0

                      Black Beauties

                      By Kansas Doc

                      from Overland Park, KS

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        Great tone and great look. Very happy with the strings.

                         
                        5.0

                        Why do they call them "DR" strings?

                        By Eazy E

                        from Compton

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

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

                          I wonder if, because of the name, Dr. Dre has anything to do with these strings? I know he is a world renown bass player... That must be why these are so gangster and funky!

                           
                          5.0

                          Best bass strings available

                          By Jim The Bassman

                          from Denver

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

                          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.

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