DR Black Beauties on fretless?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Kwesi, Oct 30, 2010.


  1. Kwesi

    Kwesi Supporting Member

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    I know that there are 80 million threads on these strings but I haven't seen any pertaining specifically to their use on a fretless bass (yes, I searched) and that's all I'm looking for. How do these sound on fretless? Are they any harsher/gentler than other roundwounds on a naked fretboard?
  2. Bass-Adrenaline

    Bass-Adrenaline

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    They may start out gentler but id imagine the coating will wear off on them after a little use.
  3. squiresuzuki

    squiresuzuki

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    Anything more on this? I'd like to know as well.
  4. AmadeusXeno

    AmadeusXeno

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    I've used these on my fretless before. They aren't much different as far as tone goes from other rounds. They are slightly mellower but hardly noticable. The main thing I didn't like about them though is that for the first few weeks I had them on doing slides felt like getting rope burn.
  5. darkstorm

    darkstorm

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    Ive been using dr neons since last january, same k3 coating as the black beauties now use. I allways use a pick to. No noticeable coating wear off even after 5 and half months. Which is the longest ive had a set of neons on a bass. Then of course I put on new set. No reason to think theyd show coating wear off on your bass. Older versions of black beauties used a diff coating then they do now. All coated dr strings now use K3. Which was first introduced for the neon line.
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    I've had a set on my Roscoe fretless since May. They sound as good now as they did the day I put them on. I don't notice the "roughness" that some others say they feel in them - but I play 5-6 hours a day, and I have callouses.....

    Go for it, Kwesi
  7. Gard

    Gard

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    I've had 'em on three different fretli, love the tone, and really appreciate the longevity - I just replaced a set on my 6er yesterday, they were pushing 2 years old and were just starting to sound a bit dull.

    :)
  8. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    I just put a set on my Wishbass and so far, I love the sound. Definitely a lot of punch, the mwah sound on the higher strings is brilliant. But (and this is a big but), how do they do with fretboard wear? I would say that the K3 would soften the blow of the strings against the wood, but by how much? I just had this fretboard totally refinished and I'd hate to chew up the wood and brand new gloss finish with these strings.
  9. Big Mother

    Big Mother

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    I too had a set on my Roscoe fretless and really enjoyed them.
    I have been on a "try every kind of string I can" kick and have a set of R Cocco's nickels on it right now (and I like them), but kinda think I am going to put some BB's back on it soon. FWIW, I rather like the feel of the BB's.

    BM
  10. cfsporn

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    I have a set of nickel Lo-Riders on my fretless Rick, and I have noticed no abnormal wear. Granted, that could be due to the thick poly coat on the fingerboard, but you should be fine.

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