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Compare Ernie Balls and nickel DR Lo-Riders please...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by lo-end, Oct 20, 2001.


  1. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    I am currently using regular nickel Ernie Ball slinkies, 50-105. I really like their feel, and their tone before they go dead (which seems to happen very fast)

    I read that people really like the sound of DR nickel Lo-Riders, do they feel and sound similar to the Ernie Balls? If not, how do they differ? I am also wondering if they are as "Slinky" as the ernie balls, because I like strings like that where I can slide really easily. My friend has some sunbeams on his bass (yes I mean sunbeams and not lo riders) and they feel rough and hard to slide on compared to my ernie balls. If there is a difference, Im sure I could get used to it, but I just want to know what is what before I go out and buy these strings.

    So has anyone tried both ernie balls and DR nickel lo-riders? I really like their name... :D
     
  2. I've ran both DR and EB's on my guitars and get nice tone out of both. Depending on how much you play would determine the frequency of changing your strings, that and your budget. You can get good string deals on ebay and or other online sources if your local music store does not carry them, or they want to much for the strings.
    Warm tone is capable with both manufacturers just tweak your amp or p/u's a little.
    Good Luck.



    Chopper.
     
  3. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    I've used earnies so long I can't comment on anything other,but I change strings every 3 shows or sometimes sooner if I play outside or thet get wet or something like that.
     
  4. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    BUMP :D

    I need more info...
     
  5. well this is kinda for any strings , but if you didnt kno that if you buy the strings in bulk, the music store usually gives u a discount.
     
  6. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    IMO, EB's can't compare with DR lo's.
     
  7. I agree, DR's last a lot longer, too.
     
  8. bizzaro

    bizzaro

    Aug 21, 2000
    Vermont
    I usually use low riders but needed a set recently for a gig. The shop I went to didn't have much of a selection. I had heard good things about Ernie Ball's here at TB so I bought a set. I was surprised how much I liked them at first, but they didn't last long. The sound originally was comparable, though not as good IMO as DR's, and they went dead in short order. I found them hard to tune after a couple of weeks. That is an indication of the quality of any string IMO. I change my DR's usually just to change them because I think I need new ones, not because they go dead or something. They really last, sound great the whole time they are on the guitar, and remain stable for tuning. DR Low Riders are STIFFER . They use a hexigonal core. I like it, many don't. They also come in nickel or stainless, you may want to try the nickel as they may be easier on your fingers keeping in mind they won't be as bright. If you like a more flexible string they also make "High Beams" which have a round core and so they are easier to bend. I think the Sunbeams are the nickel version of High Beams. I would highly recommend you give DR's a try. ;)
     
  9. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    what gauge would you recommend that I use? I like the tension of 50-105 Ernie Balls... I assume I would want to get lighter gauger DRs because of the hex core.
     
  10. bizzaro

    bizzaro

    Aug 21, 2000
    Vermont
    I'm not sure how much more flex you will get out of a smaller guage. I would stick with what you like or maybe one size down. And consider high beams as they have a round core, but are stainless. I am pretty sure the Sunbeams are nickel-a little mellower and softer. So if you thought the Sunbeams were rough, these will be rougher. I like the stiffness of the Low Riders and if you are buying the heavier strings for more tension you may like it also. The feel of the string may be a little rougher than the EB's, but I think after you play them a while it won't bother you. Take a chance, thats the only way to find out for sure. And if you go with the nickel plated Low Rider's they aren't quite as bright but are a little easier on your fingers and frets. The also make a string called "Fat Beams" which I haven't tried yet. Check um out !! www.drstrings.com :D
     
  11. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Well I think I should get the nickel lo riders because the stainless ones would probably sound too harsh with my pickups. I have Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder pickups, they are kinda harsh to begin with.

    I guess Ill end up getting nickel lo-riders, 45-105. Either that or I might give GHS bass boomers another shot... eh but I dont really like the look of the red felt at the top.

    How long will the nickel lo riders last? I usually kill Ernie Balls in about 2 weeks...
     
  12. bizzaro

    bizzaro

    Aug 21, 2000
    Vermont
    Only you can answer that question after you try them, They seem to last forever for me as I stated earlier.
    SEE YA,
    Bizz