after reading so many good comments about fat beams I bought a set. My jb had DR low rider nickel and I changed them for the low riders. I have to say it is the first time I play steel string. My JB is alder rosewood with lollar pickups. First thing I noticed was that they are bright, veeery bright and hifi sounding with tons of finger noise (this is not good or bad, just diferent). the main problem is that compared to any nickel string I have tried before (low riders nickel, sunbeams, slinkys, fender pure nickel) the fat beams has hollow bass freq and also they sound mid scooped to me. (ampeg users will understand this better, changing from sun beams to fat beams its like playing with ultra low and ultra high switches on) As i didnt like it with my jazz bass I gave them a try with my thunderbird, they did sound a little better but the scooped sound was still there. I dont know if maybe they can do the trick with a ric 4003... many people use steel string with rics... are fat beams good string for rock or they are only for jazz fusion and slap modern kind of sounds? Does my set has any problems? I cant understand why so many people love them... they sound fake to my, it is a sound I dont trust, like a modern recorded scooped sound. how can people say they are growly? after putting them in my jazz bass the growl dissapear, Is it possible to have growl with no mids? please no ofense those who play fat beams, I'm a dr player (low riders nickel and fat beams) but I just want to know if theres someone out there who thinks the same about fat beams.