DR Sunbeams on a P-bass or J-bass: More mids than GHS Boomers?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by PBnJBassist, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Long story short: My GHS Boomers are on their last breath and I'm wanting to try roundcore nickel strings this time. Hearing a lot of good things about DR Sunbeams and I'm wanting to know if they have more mids than GHS Boomers - talking straight mids, not high or low mids. In fact, I'm trying to avoid that high-mid focus and want a more tamed tone.

    All chime ins are welcome, but it would really be helpful for those that have used them on a P-bass, J-bass, P/J-bass. So far, I've completely converted to being a super-light gauge user of and hearing how roundcores give more flexibility, I'm assuming a DR Sunbeam gauge of (they don't offer 35 or 55) will have that same flexibility as my current set of Boomers.

    I do a mix of finger & slap-pop for funk, blues, and a bit of soft jazz. Playing a Fender active P/J bass if that also helps.
  2. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    They definitely have more mids than Boomers. The light gauge Sunbeams are very low tension, if you like flexible then you'll love the lights. I might even say that 45-105 are about like light Boomers, which I find to be very high tension.
  3. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Always groove.... Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    No idea about lighter gauges, but I really like 45-105 sunbeams on my P bass.
  4. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Many thanks for the answers! Already placed an order with BSO for the "Lite-Lite" gauges ( I kept thinking of whether I wanted the 100 or 95, but I'm so used to 95s now, I didn't want to let those go!
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  6. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento California
    IMO, you will be happy with DR Sunbeams. I switched from GHS Boomers to Sunbeams on my jazz bass years ago, and never went back to GHS. I also found that the Sunbeams seem to last longer, tone-wise.
  7. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    I hope they do! Had the boomers on my bass for only a week before they started dying. Mid-way through the 2nd week, it's grasping for dear life. I've even wiped them down thoroughly after each session to make sure they live on a bit longer... which was wierd for me to do since I came off of a year of playing flats about 2 months or so ago and became so used to just leaving the bass as-is after playing it. :rollno:
  8. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    I had a set on my pbass for 5 months. Sunbeams are an excellent choice.
  9. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
  10. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Loving the positive response these strings are getting on P-bass players! And @WilliamK: Nice! That tone is EXACTLY what I was searching for when I'm 100% on the split-coil pup on my P/J bass. Man! This is getting me excited - I can't wait until they arrive!!

  11. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    don't wanna burst your bubble but the sound is mostly in MY TALENTED FINGERS!! just kidding, but my p-bass is a pretty freakin' amazing instrument and sounds good with all strings I've tried so far, but the sunbeams are the most comfortable and favorite tension too so far.
  12. Fuzz Aldrin

    Fuzz Aldrin Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Previously I used Boomers and now I use Sunbeams. I don't know if I ever thought about them in terms of high mids or low mids. I do think they are warmer sounding, and the Boomers were definitely brighter. I like Boomers, but I love Sunbeams. Oh, and I use a passive J.
  13. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    I like Sunbeams very much. They sound like no other nickels I have tried, full round tone and they feel really nice and smooth. A little more flex than hex cores.
  14. diglo

    diglo Supporting Member

    May 21, 2007
    I switched to Sunbeams from Boomers on my P bass. The Sun's are warmer & I enjoy the sound I get. The Boomer's growl was a lil too aggressive for my taste.
  15. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Even within the same brand, very light strings don't have as much meat as heavier strings IMO