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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...Read More

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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

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 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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Not Even Close to Elixir's

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...Read complete review

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!

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5.0

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

By More bass

from Roanoke, VA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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.

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    5.0

    Mr Clean Strings

    By Rob

    from Burlington,Wi

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      Great for slide runs

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      1.0

      Not Even Close to Elixir's

      By Bassguy

      from LA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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!

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      5.0

      Love It!

      By Jay Coop

      from Raleigh, North Carolina

      About Me Experienced

      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!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent not perfect

        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.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cool Look

        By Dave-Bass

        from Fort Myers, FL

        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...

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        3.0

        Don't Last, Don't waste your money

        By rarebasses

        from SW Missouri

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

        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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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth It

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        I got these few days ago to replace my default/ stock strings of my affinity p bass. let alone the black strings, which look amazing on my black and white p bass, its tones are actually more expressive than I've expected. I think that every one is ought to try these once in his life time before determining what strings to stick with.

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        4.0

        Very good strings

        By Crispy1020

        from Morrison, IL

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

        I have used these strings for over a year now and am very happy with them. Two of my three basses use DR coated strings and they both sound great. The color does wear off slightly, and colored strings are not for everyone, however they last a long time and are a value for their price.

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        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!

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