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Black Beauties vs. Coated Ernie Balls

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tabdog, May 12, 2011.

  1. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    Hi Folks,

    I have wondered what all the talk about coated
    strings was about. The only coated strings I have
    tried in the past were black flat wound. They were
    cool, but I have never seen another set. That was
    decades ago.

    I recently purchased a set of Ernie Ball’s coated
    strings for $29.99 at GC and installed them on my
    moded Peavey Fury,



    They were very bright. Too bright for the first day,
    and then they smoothed out and sounded more
    like good old Ernie Balls. I thought they would
    sound more dull than uncoated round wound???

    With in a few weeks, I purchased black hardware
    for my Fury. I just had to have some Black Beauties.
    so, I bought a set of DR EXTRA LIFE hand made
    coated Black Beauties at GC for $45.99. The same
    size as the coated Ernie Balls. (105 to 45)



    The Black beauties sounded dull compared to the
    Ernie Balls. That was I had expected from coated

    BUT,,,, the G string sounded dead???

    I put the G string from the Ernie Balls on with the
    Black Beauties.

    The Ernie Ball G string is so bright, it makes the
    the remaining Black Beauties sound dull.

    I’m going back to the Ernie Balls.

    I think the Black Beauties will work on my Squire
    P bass with an Original 62 Fender pup. That 62
    pup should pick up that G string with no problem.

    I’ll let you Know.

    I like the Black Beauties except for the dead G
    on my Fury. I believe that is not the fault of
    the string. Rather, it is just a mis-match.

    I just thought I would pass on my odd experience
    with coated round wound strings,

  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I notice your Black Beauties do not have the K3 logo on them. There's no telling how old they are or what they've been through. Get a set of K3's from a reputable dealer before making your mind up on the DR's.They are very bright, but not quite as bright as an uncoated string.
  3. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    Those are a brand new set of hand made Black Beauties from
    Guitar Center. I don't know how you can do a whole lot better.

    I have put the Black Beauties on a Squire Affinity with an
    Original Finder P pup,



    They sound just fine. As I thought, the Fury just doesn't
    respond to that particular string because the Black Beauties
    are just too weak.

    The whole set of Black Beauties are weak sounding compared
    to coated or un-coated Ernie Balls. That is obvious.

    The Black Beauties look great and sound OK.

    But there are better sounding strings for a modest price
    like Ernie Balls,

  4. tsunami1052

    tsunami1052 What the Funk?

    Sep 13, 2005
    uh, the black beauties must have been old stock. Like mmbongo said - the new ones say K3 on the box!
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Yep, you may have bought them new, but they could have been sitting on the shelf for years. They are not K3's, and that box looks like it's been through heck and back.
  6. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    The box was brand new. It has now had 3 different
    sets of used strings stuffed in it. That's why it looks
    worn. It is a 5 string set. The first four strings are
    the same size as the Ernie Ball set. I assure you they
    are new and have not been sitting any where for long.
    Guitar Center can not keep them stocked and I got
    the last set they had. They don't get old at that store.
    If you think that's wrong, you have no idea.

    I did not say they were bad. I said they sound good.
    They are obviously weak. That is what I hoped for.
    That sounds good on my Squire, but wimps out on
    my Fury.

    Sorry if that hurts anyones sensitivities, so try it
    yourself and see if I'm wrong.

    I wanted a more subdued sound, like worn out strings.
    That's what I hoped coated strings would do.

    I like worn strings.

    But I ended up getting two sets of new sounding stings
    and one of them sounds some what subdued, but they
    still sound new.

    I can't wait for them to get worn.

    I miss the old worn out strings that were on them before.

    I am on the fence about putting the worn strings back on.

    I know, I'm crazy,

  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Fact = those are not K3 strings.

    Fact = DR quit making the strings you bought a while back.

    Your GC probably has a pile of them in the back they want to get rid of. People probably don't even realize they are new old stock. You said you bought the last set they had...that should tell you something. When you go back, they'll have the new version in their place.
  8. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Tabdog, these guys are right.... the new black beauties have K3 on the Box and that box you have does NOT have the K3 on it.... all they are saying is that GC had some OLD stock Black Beauties on their shelf that they sold to you...... wow.....
  9. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    I'm sorry guys. I wasn't going to say
    any more,


    GC has some more DR BB 5 strings in.

    The box is the same as the one I got.

    I'm sure not going to buy another box.

    I don't know what the deal is.

    Maybe DR is selling out all their old strings.

    Old sets of Ernie balls or most other brands
    sound fine. Not weak like these DR's.

    If you say K3 is the holey grail, maybe it is?

    I got a funkie set of DR's if anybody wants

  10. Sigshooter226


    Oct 31, 2016
    Aurora, Co
    Some peoples kids.....
  11. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    Man, I was about to respond to this thread, but it's five years old!
  12. Sigshooter226


    Oct 31, 2016
    Aurora, Co
    yea, I have alot of time on my hands

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