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DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings

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Gauges .45, .65, .85, .105. Hi-Beam Stainless Steel Bass Strings are round wound and constructed upon a round core which is unique in the industry....Click To Read More About This Product

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Gauges .45, .65, .85, .105.

Hi-Beam Stainless Steel Bass Strings are round wound and constructed upon a round core which is unique in the industry. Hi-Beams require much more time, care, and extra steps to make than other bass strings. The extra effort DR expends making Hi-Beams results in a bass string that is highly flexible, musically bright without harshness, and they're renowned for unusually long life, consistency, and string-to-string balance. They don't eat your frets. Choose them for brightness and ease of playing. They fit virtually all bass scale lengths up to 37-3/4".

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DR StringsHi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Long life (10)
  • Well built / quality (9)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Penultimate Bass String

The DR HiBeam is the very pinnacle achievement in the bass string universe. Made from magnetically optimal stainless steel in wrap and core, these strings offer perfect string to string balance both in tension...Read complete review

The DR HiBeam is the very pinnacle achievement in the bass string universe. Made from magnetically optimal stainless steel in wrap and core, these strings offer perfect string to string balance both in tension and timbre as well as in output. They are constructed with the most flexible core wires possible to allow the string the ultimate flexibility so that not only are all the upper harmonics allowed to bloom fully but also there is the minimal distortion and inhibition of the fundamental components of the the strings activity which make for deeper and purer bottom both in immediate attack and also in sustained energy and this produces the most musical tone production as well as moving air in the freest sense. Intonation is spot on and I don't think there is any string which stays true for as extremely long a lifespan.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bass or Piano?

one thing i've learned: you are the best reviewer. i bought 5 sets of these on special because i had read 15 reviews all ecstatic about these strings. they have full piano-like tones,...Read complete review

one thing i've learned: you are the best reviewer. i bought 5 sets of these on special because i had read 15 reviews all ecstatic about these strings. they have full piano-like tones, in fact, too much so. my warwick thumb fretted bass now sounds to me as if i were playing the low notes on a piano. sorry, but i want my bass to sound like a bass not a piano! i previously used & loved 3 sets of dean markley blue steel SS strings. strings are like stereo speakers they all have different sounds like stereo speakers. DR's are well-made strings, good strings just not the sound i like for my taste in stainless. i even prefer my less expensive D'A XL nickels XL160 for their sound compared to these DR's. basically, all i'm saying is buy 1 set & try them ikf you love them by more, just don't buy several sets of any strings for your bass based on other people's reviews.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strings

By luke

from us

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Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

These strings are bright and warm sounding and the top end is smooth ,not harsh at all.I have tried lots of other string companies,and these seem to last the longest.I use them on my Marcus Miller bass and they sound great.They are worth the extra cash.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not what I expected

Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Penultimate Bass String

By TRex Dub Sub

from Northern Cali

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Colorful
  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong
  • true

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Recording
    • Shedding

    Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

    The DR HiBeam is the very pinnacle achievement in the bass string universe. Made from magnetically optimal stainless steel in wrap and core, these strings offer perfect string to string balance both in tension and timbre as well as in output. They are constructed with the most flexible core wires possible to allow the string the ultimate flexibility so that not only are all the upper harmonics allowed to bloom fully but also there is the minimal distortion and inhibition of the fundamental components of the the strings activity which make for deeper and purer bottom both in immediate attack and also in sustained energy and this produces the most musical tone production as well as moving air in the freest sense. Intonation is spot on and I don't think there is any string which stays true for as extremely long a lifespan.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DR Hi-beam 4 string mediums

    By Georgie-PxDjT

    from Alaska

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    Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

    After using GHS Super Steels for years, I tried DRs when I couldn't find my GHS supers. WOW. I go for piano-string tone (love that ringing twang) and I never thought I'd find a string equal to the Super Steels. Plus, the DRs are easier on my fingers, and they last longer too! It's been 18 years now with the DRs and they're all I use... on all 17 of my 4,5,and 6-string basses.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gets better with age

    By MZ8243296ismybass

    from Saratoga Springs, NY

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    Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

    The previous strings on my '08 MIM Jazz were Elixer coated strings, so when I put the DR High Beams on I was disappointed to find that they were not as bright brand new as the used coated strings. However, after about 3 months of pretty heavy slapping, they sound exactly like new, if not better, and it's become clear that the reason they were less bright was because they simply weren't as harsh. They have already outlasted every other set of strings I've owned with zero decay in tone quality. I plan on purchasing High Beams as my next set of strings as well, because there is nothing that will cost so little during the long run.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Bass or Piano?

    By Birdman

    from santa cruz, CA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

    one thing i've learned: you are the best reviewer. i bought 5 sets of these on special because i had read 15 reviews all ecstatic about these strings. they have full piano-like tones, in fact, too much so. my warwick thumb fretted bass now sounds to me as if i were playing the low notes on a piano. sorry, but i want my bass to sound like a bass not a piano! i previously used & loved 3 sets of dean markley blue steel SS strings. strings are like stereo speakers they all have different sounds like stereo speakers. DR's are well-made strings, good strings just not the sound i like for my taste in stainless. i even prefer my less expensive D'A XL nickels XL160 for their sound compared to these DR's. basically, all i'm saying is buy 1 set & try them ikf you love them by more, just don't buy several sets of any strings for your bass based on other people's reviews.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Value

    By Boat Bass

    from Santa Rosa, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

      The DR Hi Beams are very versatile, with a consistent and well defined attack and balanced sustain. They retain these qualities for a long time, and regardless of the basses (e.g. Fender P and J, Ken Smith basses), amps (e.g. various GK, TC amps) or tone settings used. Equally suited for bright slap sounds as for a Stax/Motown tones.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      i like um

      By "Thumper"

      from Des Moines Iowa

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

        I used "Roto Sounds" since the 70's was totally sold on them ... but the last 5 years I started breaking them ??? At a gig that's a bad deal ...So I got a flyer to try D R high beams so I did ...These are great strings !!! I got a deal from musicians friend and bought 2 sets. I love um ..we played 90 shows in 2013 only broke 2 ..wow what an improvement..
        I'm sold ....I play in classic rock cover band..and they sound great on my J-bass & Schector elite 4

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Only have one complaint

        By Andy@ACE

        from Central Pa

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        Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

        Have been using these on several of my basses for several years. Only problem that I have is that I have to mark down when I put them on since they dont die like every other string that I used, Then, when I put a new set on, its like, "dang, I could have got another couple months out of them..."

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DR make some beast strings.

        By ripcliff636

        from Maryland

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        Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

        Best strings ive had yet. I have these on my ESP D-4. I bought them because i was shooting for an Alex Webster kind of tone at the time and wow they have great sound. Most of the other strings i have had loose tone in about 2 or 3 months max. ive had these for about 5 months now there still give me that nice growly wet sound. there great for metal. ive also played them with classic rock and slap and pop. there amazing strings all around. the D'addario XLs, Ernies, Boomers or Rotosound i had are no comparison. these strings also dont stain easy at all. so if you want quality strings that last, DR all the way.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best strings i have ever used

        By bass4ever-VETkR

        from chicago,il

        Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

        I have played them all and when a friend told me you have to try these strings trust me I said ok. Well for starters I've been playing 25yrs and have played them all. These strings are brilliant! Pucnhy, they growl and they also can be toned down for a nice warm sound. They feel different than any other string I've played. I simply love these strings.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Do not buy

        By MikeBass

        from San Diego, CA

        Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

        The two times I used DR Bass strings, they were "dead" after one week.

         
        4.0

        Great strings!

        By Tal

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

            Great tone, stays bright for a long time, and very balanced. However, keep in mind that these strings need a fairly higher action to allow them to move without creating fret buzz.

             
            5.0

            Favorite strings at a great price

            By Alembic Bass Nut

            from So Cal

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

              I was looking for strings that brought my bass to life. I did a lot of research on several large bass forums and these strings were recommended by some fairly seasoned pros.

               
              5.0

              Great set of strings!

              By Axman7469

              from San Antonio, Texas

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

                I'm a backup bass guitarist for a band. This past year I was called to fill in for the position a lot. I'm more of a seasoned lead electric guitarist of 38 years. I've been a DR user for many years. Very reliable. I use DBG-9/50s. I was suggested to use Slinkys. They loss tone fast as well as tarnished fast. I don't have oily fingers or acidic at all, dry if anything. I chose to return to the brand that's been reliable... DR. Great tone, not tarnishing easily at all... worth the price

                 
                4.0

                great bass strings

                Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

                Good tone & long lasting

                 
                5.0

                Excellent strings!

                By Gert

                from Grand Rapids, MI

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

                  Great strings!

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Strings

                  By Josh

                  from Topeka, KS

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

                    Nice strings, They sound pretty great

                     
                    5.0

                    good strings

                    By radson

                    from Bakersville , NC

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                    See all my reviews

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

                      what can I say there good for the money

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      amazing

                      By josephdayescape

                      from Woodbridge, VA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful Sound
                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                      • Usually Pricy

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings:

                      I've looked and tried multiple strings but none of them could get that metal/rock tone I wanted.
                      I looked online to see what different bassists use (Nikki Sixx, Jason Newstead, etc...)
                      I saw that Nikki Sixx uses these strings, and I thought that I would try them out, from the first note i hit, it sounded flawless. They sound amazing from standard all way to Drop A

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