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DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium

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DR flat wound Hi-Beam stainless steel bass strings are built on a round core, unique in the industry. Hi-Beam bass strings require much more time, ca...Click To Read More About This Product

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Mellow tone and easy playing.

DR flat wound Hi-Beam stainless steel bass strings are built on a round core, unique in the industry. Hi-Beam bass strings require much more time, care, and extra steps to make than other strings. The extra effort DR expends making Hi-Beams results in a bass string that is highly flexible, musically warm and renowned for durability, unusually long life, consistency, and string-to-string balance. They don't eat your frets.

Package of 5 medium bass strings, 45-125.


SPECIFICATIONS
  • 45, 65, 85, 105, 125
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DR StringsFlatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

First time using any flats

I play an early 90's Warwick custom shop 5-string. It's never had anything but rounds on it. I was noticing a little fret wear so I decided to give a set of...Read complete review

I play an early 90's Warwick custom shop 5-string. It's never had anything but rounds on it. I was noticing a little fret wear so I decided to give a set of flats a try. This is the set I ordered. The low B broke almost immediately before it was put on, due to my 'old' bridge needing tapered B and E strings. These are not tapered. I tried to force the B in but it broke. The E went in with a little nudge. The the remaining 4 strings have been very fun to learn on and play. So I am using the Warwick EMP round B string with EABG flats. It actually sounds pretty good. I've been using this set up for about 3 months now. I have no idea how the low B will sound but I will probably order a second set soon to find out. I can't order this set however as it is not tapered. The EMP set is what goes on all the custom shop basses from Warwick and I highly recommend those if you need/want rounds. Expensive but worth it. But I can review this set of DR flats for a 4-string as that is what I am using. Easy on the frets and on your fingers, no sliding noise, and very little fret noise. I did not need to re-adjust my bridges on either end of the neck. (Warwick has one on each end if you didn't know) When I use the bridge pup and play near that, I get a really nice vintage Jazz Bass tone. When using the neck pup and playing near or above the neck I get a nice P-Bass tone. Those are on passsive. When I toggle to active, I get a ton of mid-low and mid punch, like the B-15 Ampeg and a 60s P bass with rounds. These strings and any good bass should give you several different tones to play with. Thanks for listening.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just experimenting with this set

Using this on a bass that is NOT designed for flats (Warwick 5 string $$). My BL requested I try these to get a more P-bass sound. These are NOT tapered so...Read complete review

Using this on a bass that is NOT designed for flats (Warwick 5 string $$). My BL requested I try these to get a more P-bass sound. These are NOT tapered so if you have very thin openings for a B and E string these will not work. The B almost fits nicely but is still riding on top of the bridge more than I like. I've had to re-adjust my bridge 4 times in the past 3 weeks, I think due to either more or less tension of the strings. A minor inconvenience. Haven't had to adjust the truss rod. Now for the sound: Low B still will give you fret buzz. I have mine set up at about 5mm to avoid that. With DR rounds all five strings are usually 2mm above the neck. (Talking here about buzz that is picked up through the amp) E and A strings sound like a P-bass - but if you need sustain use a compressor for that. The D and G are still more like a round string in my opinion. I guess to get the 'real' P-bass sound you just need a 4-string P-bass or P-bass clone. Electronics in my bass are set for zingy wam bam pow sounds. These just won't do those. I'm enjoying using these in the praise band but I've had to really tweak my amp settings to get near the soft smooth sounds the BL wants. Bottom line: I won't be getting any more flats for this bass. I will switch back to my DR long neck rounds and give this set to a young boy who is learning on a real P-bass. (FWIW My bass has two sets of hardware - one all black and one all gold. The gold hardware will not work with these strings so I'm using black again. Once I switch back on the strings the gold goes back on.)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good 5 Set

By BobOnBass

from Tucson AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

    I like the FL5-45 - .045-.125" set on an '86 Fender Jazz 5, and on an '04 Ibanez thin-neck fretless 5. They're my Goldilocks sets: I go for play-ability, musical fundamentals, tonal balance up and down fret, string to string. The set is relatively low tension: flexible enough for quick arpeggios, and punchy enough for stronger rhythm work. I like how the B-string rings.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great.

    By Mark Duncan

    from Undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

      I've played a lot of strings and DR are my prefered. I've played a few different flatwounds and there is something unique about these. I really like the feel and the sound and intend to use them from here out.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      First time using any flats

      By Florida Bass Dude

      from Panama City, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • No fret noise
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

        I play an early 90's Warwick custom shop 5-string. It's never had anything but rounds on it. I was noticing a little fret wear so I decided to give a set of flats a try. This is the set I ordered. The low B broke almost immediately before it was put on, due to my 'old' bridge needing tapered B and E strings. These are not tapered. I tried to force the B in but it broke. The E went in with a little nudge. The the remaining 4 strings have been very fun to learn on and play. So I am using the Warwick EMP round B string with EABG flats. It actually sounds pretty good. I've been using this set up for about 3 months now. I have no idea how the low B will sound but I will probably order a second set soon to find out. I can't order this set however as it is not tapered. The EMP set is what goes on all the custom shop basses from Warwick and I highly recommend those if you need/want rounds. Expensive but worth it. But I can review this set of DR flats for a 4-string as that is what I am using. Easy on the frets and on your fingers, no sliding noise, and very little fret noise. I did not need to re-adjust my bridges on either end of the neck. (Warwick has one on each end if you didn't know) When I use the bridge pup and play near that, I get a really nice vintage Jazz Bass tone. When using the neck pup and playing near or above the neck I get a nice P-Bass tone. Those are on passsive. When I toggle to active, I get a ton of mid-low and mid punch, like the B-15 Ampeg and a 60s P bass with rounds. These strings and any good bass should give you several different tones to play with. Thanks for listening.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love 'em

        By Skinnypartdeux

        from Louisiana Delta

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Great sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

            I have always played round wounds, that is until I played my buddies bass and discovered the glory of flat wounds! I play in a blues band and could never get that "muddy" thump through EQ tuning. These strings gave me the sound I was looking for along with the added bonus of comfort and ease of playing. Highly recommended!

             
            3.0

            Just experimenting with this set

            By Florida Bass Dude

            from Panama City Beach

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            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy on the fingers
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

              Using this on a bass that is NOT designed for flats (Warwick 5 string $$). My BL requested I try these to get a more P-bass sound. These are NOT tapered so if you have very thin openings for a B and E string these will not work. The B almost fits nicely but is still riding on top of the bridge more than I like. I've had to re-adjust my bridge 4 times in the past 3 weeks, I think due to either more or less tension of the strings. A minor inconvenience. Haven't had to adjust the truss rod. Now for the sound: Low B still will give you fret buzz. I have mine set up at about 5mm to avoid that. With DR rounds all five strings are usually 2mm above the neck. (Talking here about buzz that is picked up through the amp) E and A strings sound like a P-bass - but if you need sustain use a compressor for that. The D and G are still more like a round string in my opinion. I guess to get the 'real' P-bass sound you just need a 4-string P-bass or P-bass clone. Electronics in my bass are set for zingy wam bam pow sounds. These just won't do those. I'm enjoying using these in the praise band but I've had to really tweak my amp settings to get near the soft smooth sounds the BL wants. Bottom line: I won't be getting any more flats for this bass. I will switch back to my DR long neck rounds and give this set to a young boy who is learning on a real P-bass. (FWIW My bass has two sets of hardware - one all black and one all gold. The gold hardware will not work with these strings so I'm using black again. Once I switch back on the strings the gold goes back on.)

               
              2.0

              high tension and low B string came apart

              By roadcat

              from mesa, az

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Consistent

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

                  I had high hopes for this set of flatwounds to put on my hollowbody 5 string bass. I was disappointed, however. The higher tension of this string really adds fatigue to your hand muscles. The worst part is that the LOW B string totally came apart when winding around the tuning post. The strings were put on my a great luthier/guitar tech in my area....so it was not a matter that they were put on incorrectly. I contacted DR and they immediately sent out a replacement B string....so high marks for their customer service. In the meantime, however, I needed a B string and put on a LaBella Low B flatwound that plays and sounds fine but has a different tonal character than the DR. Don't know whether to take a chance on removing the LaBella and put the DR to make a matching set.

                   
                  5.0

                  Bass Guitar Strings

                  By Putt putt

                  from PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

                    .Very good product at a reasonable price

                     
                    5.0

                    wanted a more classic warm and full tone from my 5 string

                    By richie

                    from rochester, n.y.

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

                        these strings make me want to use my 5 string squire pro tone percision bass more and more.love the classic motown sound it now gets.

                         
                        5.0

                        Found the right strings for my Gibson EB2014 5 string.

                        By Gary

                        from undisclosed

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                        Comments about Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

                        I am pleased with the sounds and especially the medium gauge playability on the wide neck.

                         
                        3.0

                        DR Flatwound 5 string bass

                        By Kent

                        from NYC

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Strong

                        Cons

                        • Not Consistent

                        Best Uses

                        • Recording

                        Comments about DR Strings Flatwound Legend 5-String Bass Medium:

                        Recently purchased these to go on a Schector Diamond series 5 string with EMG pickups. B,E,A,D strings are very consistent with each other and have a desirable full bodied balanced-spectrum tone. However, the G string has a bright, harsh tonality that is incosistent with the other strings for which I will need to find a replacement. Enough of a difference to be unusable until replaced. Have not owned them long enough to have any experience with longevity. Would make me wary of a repeat purchase.

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