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DR Strings Marcus Miller MM5-45 5-String Bass Two-Pack with DVD
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This set includes two packs of Marcus Miller MM5-45 5-string bass guitar strings, and a two-hour DVD featuring a concert and interview. Marcus Mille...Click To Read More About This Product
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This set includes two packs of Marcus Miller MM5-45 5-string bass guitar strings, and a two-hour DVD featuring a concert and interview.
Marcus Miller signature Fat Beams were designed for Marcus' exacting standards. He has personally worked with DR to develop an improved version of one of the best stainless round wound bass strings on the market. The effort took over a year, and the result is a "fatter, deeper, smoother" replacement string that satisfied Miller's demanding standard. Fat Beams are also more consistent in feel along the length of the bass guitar strings, as well as string to string. Gauges .045-.105.
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I'm usually a very critical reviewer. I also don't post reviews very often -- actually, this is the first I've posted in years. But I felt compelled to do so here.First, check the price. One 5-string set of the Marcus Miller DR strings cost $35. Here, you get a second free for less than half price, plus a $20+ value in a DVD, free. Actually, it's two DVDs. "The Master of All Trades" includes live performance footage, and a second "bonus" disk. The value here is tremendous.Second, the strings themselves are awesome. I play a Warwick Corvette 5-string, and replaced their "Black Label" strings with these. The low B is very tight, and the tone for all the strings are bright and resonant with good treble. Perfect for the "Marcus" slap sound, and also if you like the Chili Peppers or the Infectious Grooves. If you have an active bass, the tone can be made sweet enough for jazz solos. The strings stay bright for a good amount of time, but the life is pretty typical. Durable strings, but if you play more than 10 hours a week and are picky about your slap tone, you'll want to replace them after a month, maybe 2 months tops. This makes their lifetime basically the same as comparable strings -- e.g. Ernie Balls or D'Addarios.Finally, the DVD itself is a great find. The live performance by itself is very inspiring, musical, and at times jaw-dropping. The second "bonus" disk is by itself pretty amazing. You see Marcus' bandmates and colleagues describe him; you see Marcus and the band exchange jokes and stories (it's easy to see why his colleagues and friends speak so highly and lovingly of him); you see Marcus just jamming with the band playing around with ideas for a new song; you see Marcus play "Scoop" by himself, so that you can see exactly what he's doing with both hands close up for the entire song; you find that he's played in, sung in, produced in, or arranged in 474 different albums. A highly inspiring double DVD set. I burned them onto my iPod so I can study them during commutes.Next time I need new strings, I'll get this set again -- great product, and cheaper than buying two sets by themselves -- and find a friend to give the extra DVD to.