DR Sunbeams to Lo-Rider Nickels... WOW

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by AshdownMad, Oct 28, 2013.


  1. AshdownMad

    AshdownMad

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    I thought I'd do a quick write up changing from Sunbeams to Lo-Rider Nickels on my Warwick for anyone that is thinking of a change.

    (Sunbeam .45-.105 to Lo-Rider Nickel .40-.100)

    So I've been using the Sunbeams on my Warwick Corvette $$ since I got that bass earlier this year.
    Now I loved every note played on the Sunbeams (mainly finger style with 20% playing slap), and they where awesome! Nice and punchy, funky growly mid with fingerstyle. They are a bit loose for my liking but im quite aggressive with the right hand.

    Last week I picked the bass up and thought 'these sound a bit dead' (after 3 months) and I wanted more Warwick growl (I cant get enough growl!) so research was done and between Hi-Beams or Lo-Riders I brought the .40-.100 Lo-Rider Nickels.

    WOW! Played a gig with them Saturday night and the growl was massive! Beautiful strings, very low-mid'y, very responsive and awesome attack. Cut thru the mix like a hot knife thru butter. Got really awesome reviews after the gig which made my night.
    Slap was much more bouncy and a bit more aggressive which was a bonus.

    The strings are 'tighter' to play, good! Weirdly tho the tension was not as much of a difference than I expected (reading around) maybe because of the .40 gauge.

    So from here on I'm only putting the Nickel Lo-Riders on my Warwick... Maybe give the full steel versions a try in a year if I fancy a change!

    Hope this help's anyone thinking of changing (especially from round to hex core, which was my biggest uncertainty)
  2. invalidprotocol

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    Nice! I just recently tried this switch on a Peavey Foundation. They helped draw out the bark and snap in the instrument and I like the change quite a lot. The tension between these seem to be relatively similar. The mass and character are quite a bit different though.

    I may try the same experiment on my Fender Jazz at some point.
  3. AshdownMad

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    Awesome!

    The Jazz will probably have a big tonal difference between the strings! Would be nice to know
  4. michael_t

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    This is exactly what I've been trying to do on my Fender Jazz.

    Three months ago, I ordered a set of Sunbeams (45-105) and a set of Nickel LoRiders (40-100). So far, I've only been able to try the Sunbeams, which I like for their warm bottom with smooth top end. My left hand (ie fretting) loves the flexibility of the round-core, while my right hand sometimes begs for a bit more resistance.

    Looking forward to trying out the LoRiders in the next month or two to see how they compare with the Sunbeams.
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  6. AshdownMad

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    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
  7. michael_t

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    I like surprises...as long as they're pleasant. ;)

    By the way, how do you compare the surface texture and playing feel between the two? Are the Lo-Riders at least as smooth as the Sunbeams? I'm very fussy when it comes to finger noise.
  8. invalidprotocol

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    The texture is similar. Still smooth.
  9. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    I had the exact opposite experience with Nickel Lo Riders. I had a set of Ernie Ball Cobalt strings on my MIA Precision and MIA Jazz. I played several gigs and received a lot of compliments for my tone. However, I noticed that the cobalt strings developed spots that looked like rust after just a few gigs so I decided to try DR Nickel Lo Riders. I was so disappointed with the sound that I took them off after one rehearsal. I found that they lacked growl and clarity. I went back to cobalt.
  10. Mystic Michael

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    For whatever reason, I also found the nickel Lo-Riders somewhat lacking. They sounded dull, bland & indistinct to me - and I used to play nickel strings exclusively for years.

    The stainless steel Lo-Riders were a very pleasant surprise, however. A modern vibe with great presence, punch & clarity - but a touch of smoothness & refinement too. :cool:

    MM
  11. AshdownMad

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    The surface feel is almost identical. I assume because there both nickel plated. To be honest I've not noticed much finger noise!

    Maybe it was a bad batch? I know DR had some QQ issues a few years ago?

    Either way I can safely say (after practicing on my own last night) they are pretty awesome strings. Growly lo-blow funk :D :bassist:
  12. joconnorwi

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    I got the same tarnish spots on two sets of cobalts....great out of the box tone, but died quickly...sigh....:rollno:




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