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DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings

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Gauges 45-125. 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 45-125. 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 45-125
  • 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 5-String Bass Strings
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Decent not perfect

So far I like them; they're not the ultimate string but they're really good strings and have more of a vanity appeal than anything else.
Overall good strings, decent life...they look...Read complete review

So far I like them; they're not the ultimate string but they're really good strings and have more of a vanity appeal than anything else.
Overall good strings, decent life...they look REALLY COOL. They don't have that weird slimey feeling that you get with most coated strings.
Last quite a while and the coating stays put on the strings (doesn't flake off like the neon strings that are just painted)
They're a little pricey, I'm on my 3rd set and I'm trying to decide whether the slight extension on string life (and again the super groovey appearence) is worth shelling out the extra money. I definately got more life out of the elixirs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't Last, Don't waste your money

I've been trying to figure out why everyone is so keen to these strings...I've tried several sets of High Beems, Low Riders, and now I tried 3 different sets of the coated...Read complete review

I've been trying to figure out why everyone is so keen to these strings...I've tried several sets of High Beems, Low Riders, and now I tried 3 different sets of the coated strings, 2 peacock blues and this set of Black Beauties. 1 out of the 3 sets is a good set, the other 2 died in the first 10 days of use. The other is just now going dead after about a month. I play about 2 times a week I have 9 basses so they don't get played 24/7 or even every week. The black set were the worst. I've always played DM Blue Steel's and that's what I'm going back to. The DR Blacks get a sticky film on them and I have even tried to clean it off to no avail. Don't waste your money on these. I've been playing 30 years and I can tell you "Handmade" is not always a good thing especially with strings. You never know what your going to get!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent not perfect

By Crispy207

from New York, NY

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Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

So far I like them; they're not the ultimate string but they're really good strings and have more of a vanity appeal than anything else.
Overall good strings, decent life...they look REALLY COOL. They don't have that weird slimey feeling that you get with most coated strings.
Last quite a while and the coating stays put on the strings (doesn't flake off like the neon strings that are just painted)
They're a little pricey, I'm on my 3rd set and I'm trying to decide whether the slight extension on string life (and again the super groovey appearence) is worth shelling out the extra money. I definately got more life out of the elixirs.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cool Look

By Dave-Bass

from Fort Myers, FL

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Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

I've read people disliking the fact the color is pilling off after a few plays... If you use a guitar pick don't cry asking why the black coating is getting off. They're a little pricy but if you wanna look cool, you gotta pay the price. Randy Armstrong from R3D uses the red devils on his 5 string Peavey Cirrus, they just don't look awesome but the bass looks beautiful (being a 100% black bass, including the neck) and they sound great. I'm expecting my brand new bass to come next week from my personal luthier's shop, a 5 string Pavel J Pro Bass and can't wait to try this beauties on my beast. If you play finger style, you'll find no problem with the color getting off the string, anyway, I've learned to change strings at least once a month or every two months (to avoid bad sound and to keep a straight neck all the time)
These babies look really cool. A friend of mine just installed these on a MM J Bass and they look awesome. It's also cool they're coated...
I tried them on a J Bass before and they felt fantastic...
Unfortunately they are way too expensive, maybe because of the color or because they're hand made, the price doesn't help with the competition...

 
5.0

Favorites

By Koren_Rain

from Portland, OR

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

    These things last much longer than people give them credit for. I try to replace strings every month when I do recordings, but for live performances and practice, these things keep their tone forever, and it is AWESOME tone.

    The fall in just the right place between high end snappiness, and rib cage rattling lows. They also feel slightly more slick than standard roundwounds, so your hands glide across the strings nicely.

    These are a mainstay for me!

     
    4.0

    Still playing them undertermined

    By John

    from southwest VA

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • less finger damage than normal strings

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

      I play nylon flat wounds wanted to give these a try. you do still feel the steel strings underneath the coating can't play them as long as I do actual nylons without feeling it in my fingers.
      only had them a short while and still getting use to how they play. I play them on a custom hand carved 5 string frettless Bass with a warmouth custom neck, they sound great so far not sure how long they will last.

       
      5.0

      I need at least two more sets of these for my other basses.

      By More bass

      from Roanoke, VA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

        I love these strings! Initially they look great on my bass, but who cares how they look if they didn't sound even better, well they do. And they feel like butter to the touch, highly responsive to variations in finger pressure and styles of playing with a rich sustaining tone, that make me want to play as much and as often as possible.

         
        5.0

        Mr Clean Strings

        By Rob

        from Burlington,Wi

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        Pros

        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

          Great for slide runs

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not Even Close to Elixir's

          By Bassguy

          from LA

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          Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

          I'm a very active musician gigging regularly 3+ times a week and I always go for Elixir strings due to reliability, long lasting (just replaced now after a year) and pretty good sound.
          There were no Elixir's available at my local store so all they got was these black beauties. So far, these are the worst strings I've ever played! Only lasted for 3 days! Dead sound with also several "fret marks" on the G string due to the color feature which looks ugly.
          If you are into coated strings because you can't afford replacing bass strings all the time, please do yourself a favor and get the Elixir's nanoweb! Done!

           
          5.0

          Love It!

          By Jay Coop

          from Raleigh, North Carolina

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

            I loved it the moment I put them on. They're very clear and they produce a great to. Although I recommend using string lubricant to get a better feel after couple of uses. But overall, I still love them!

             
            5.0

            Live and Die by DR

            By remxxxxxx

            from Detroit MI

            Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

            Yeah, the the color can wear off after a little bit, wich is sad, but if you are playing them then of course that will happen! Basses aren't for art, they are for playing! Been playing these bad boys for years, and I couldn't be more happy. Great sound. Flexible tone. Just awesome strings!

             
            5.0

            wow what a difference!

            By bill-3bWiq

            from phx

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            Comments about DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 5-String Bass Strings:

            wow what a difference! i changed from my stock strings and these look and sound great! recorded they have way more pop and sustain than other strings. the black really adds to my bass being it has all black hardware.

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