Originally Posted by fatim
I always find these reviews interesting
waytodeep3 says the fat beams are brighter
modern growl says the lo riders are brighter
completely opposite conclusion on the same strings!
Yes, it's been nearly five (5) years since the last post. But what the heck. I'll weigh in as well...
Of the two opinions, I'm inclined to agree more with Modern Growl - if what you mean by "brighter" is "more prominent" or "more aggressive" upper midrange & highs. Here's my take:
Stainless steel Lo-Riders are more of a rock string - especially a modern rock string. if you play an EBMM Stingray or Sterling in a rock band, for example, stainless steel Lo-Riders would be an excellent choice to accentuate the strongest aspects of your instrument. They've got nice growl, nice harmonics, and they're quite touch sensitive. Since the tension is a bit tighter due to the hexagonal core, you can dig in a bit without fretting out. Or you can keep the action a bit lower without fretting out. Or maybe a bit of both.
Fat Beams are a little cleaner & smoother in character. They've got a bit more roundness & focus to their tone, compared with the steel Lo-Riders. I'd characterize them as a little tamer, more refined & more hi-fi as well - although even the Lo-Riders are more refined than the typical stainless steel roundwound (i.e. Dean Markley Blue Steels, D'Addario ProSteels, Rotosound Swing Bass, etc.), since they are compression-wound
- not roundwound, strictly speaking. Actually, all
DR strings are compression-wound. In instrument terms, Fat Beams would be a better match for a more elegant instrument - say something like the Yamaha Nathan East signature model, or maybe a Peavey Cirrus. Something like that.
If it helps any, I've got a set of medium-gauge stainless steel Lo-Riders on my Carvin LB75; Nordstrand Dual-Coil humbuckers + Aguilar OB-3 preamp. They're a great
complement for the modern rock voicing - and application - of that instrument.
By contrast, I've got a set of light-gauge Fat Beams on my fretless Carvin Bromberg 5, with epoxied fingerboard & GraphTech Ghost piezoelectric system. That instrument is configured for electric jazz & fusion, and the smooth yet articulate Fat Beams are a perfect
match for it.