Can DR Strings be used on 35"/extra long scale basses?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by pnutz, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. pnutz

    pnutz Supporting Member

    sorry if this has been covered here before (search function didn't accept 'dr strings') but would like a definite answer before i buy online. have been using ghs progressives and am looking to try out dr strings. on their website, it claims you can use hi-beams and lo-riders on basses with scale lengths around 37". but at a local store here in the san francisco bay area, two employees said that dr's are 34" only. mind you, this store has the best bass selection locally so i figured they should know all their merch inside and out. color me confused. so i'm asking my bass brethren if you've used (or are using) dr hi-beams or lo-riders on your modulus/mtd's/fodera's/or any other bass with a scale length of 35". thanks for your help!
  2. DanielleMuscato

    DanielleMuscato Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    I use DR Black Beauties on my 35" scale MTD with no problems, if that helps.
  3. all dr's can be used on 35 inch scale.
  4. I used hi-beams on my Lakland 5501 which is a 35" scale

    I have it strung through body and i still had to cut them an inch or 2.

    They sound great as well
  5. T-MOST


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    DR's are long enough for 35" scale basses... definately.
  6. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I've actually found that if you have a 35" 5+ string bass with a low B, DR strings fit it better than basses with 34". The Low B is so long that when stringing it to anything other than a 35" scale bass the fat part of the string starts to get wrapped around the winding. I guess this could be the result of a small headstock and b string tuner placed close ot the nut...I don't know.

    And of course this wouldn't affect a 4 string bass at all, regardless of scale being 34" or over.
  7. eadg57


    Sep 7, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    I've used DRs (several different types) on a Modulus Q5. No problem.
  8. DR's will work fine with that scale length you could also check out their long neck series which is basically hi-beams with the B-A tapered.
  9. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    DR Hi-Beams 45-130 fit just fine on my Lakland Skyline 55-01. 35" scale AND strung through the body. Plus they sound great. I quit using taper-wound B strings and the bass sounds so much better now. The B sounds like the rest of the bass instead of an afterthought.

  10. Roland777


    Jun 1, 2006
    DR-strings have a wound length of 970mm - for your average toploading bridge, you can fit it onto basses with scale-lengths into the "36.5 area.
  11. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    Using DR Sunbeams on my Quantum 5 with no fit issues. Best string for this bass to my ears.
  12. sotjian


    Nov 18, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    I use DR Low-Riders on my Lakland 55-01.
    B & E bridge thru (better palm muting), the rest thru body.
    Plenty of length left over.
    Awesome strings.

    Agree'd w/ JTE, the B does sound like it's part of the bass and not an afterthought.
  13. Miesside


    Dec 22, 2007
    To note that, The DR long necks are actually not hi-beams. basically they are not as bright as the hi-beams, but they serve better clarity in the lows. I used them on my lakland 55-02 and they sounded great especially the low B string [kills]. And also some people might wanna say that tapered strings are for thru-body design basses to allow you increase the saddles high to allow the tapered area to sit on the saddles nicely.No offerences to those who are using hi-beam on their 35scales bass.To me strings are more of a personal preferences. Hope this info's helps. Cheers!:bassist:
  14. Thanks for that clarification Miesside.