D'addario or DR

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BassManDYI, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. BassManDYI

    BassManDYI Guest

    Aug 1, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    I'm going to get some new strings for a gig I have coming up. I've heard a lot about D'addario and DR but I'm not sure which one to get yet. I'm playing indie rock and some instrumental so I want a nice warm sound. any suggestions?

  2. r379

    r379 Guest

    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    Warm sound, you say? I'd try the D'Addarrio (did I spell that right?) nickel wounds in your gauge of choice. I think that'll be the XLs.
  3. David Lansen

    David Lansen Guest

    Jul 19, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    The product numbers for the D'Addario nickel wounds begin with EXL, actually. For a nice warm sound, I second the recommendation.
  4. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    These two brands are some of the best strings out there. I think DAD's have a rounder sound all around (ss or n/s). The DR's are a tad more aggressive.

    As far as feel I think the DR's are a little rougher while the DAD's have a softer feel.

    I recommend either DAD nickels or the DR Sunbeams. Both sound great.
  5. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    D'Addarios will give you a great warm sound. They last as long as most brands and are pretty customizable. You will probably like these strings -- I don't know many people that greatly dislike D'Addario Nickels. Prosteels, don't even touch them, they are INSANELY bright and clanky.

    DRs will give you long life and "life" to the bass. Can't explain it, just try it. The notes jump out with a lot of clarity. DR Sunbeams warm up very well after a few weeks, without losing that "life".

    These are 2 of my favorite string brands.

    UPTHE1RON5 Guest

    Dec 10, 2007
    definately use nickels if you want a 'warm' tone
  7. BassManDYI

    BassManDYI Guest

    Aug 1, 2007
    Thanks for the help guys.

    : )
  8. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Don't forget Fender strings. The nickel plated or the pure nickels are warmer, in my opinion, than DR or D'Addarios. I have also noticed that Fender strings last longer at a certain sound than any other rounds in my experience.

    Fender strings are very underrated in my opinion. A nice value, too.
  9. UBU


    Nov 15, 2006
    Sunbeams ftw!
  10. mr sprocket

    mr sprocket

    Jul 31, 2006
    Another Sunbeams recommendations. I switched from the XL strings.
  11. DocBop


    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I stopped using DR's due to inconsistency/QC problems. I mainly use D'Addarios ProSteels and XL's. I like the tension and tone with D'Addario.
  12. rickfan63

    rickfan63 Guest

    Dec 5, 2006
    I use the nickel Lo-Riders and they are excellent strings! Nice and smooth feeling. Warm sounding too as well. If you like lower tension though, the Sunbeams would be an excellent choice. DR Strings are compression wound, so they have a long life, and are easy on frets and fingerboards.:)
  13. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I use GHS Boomers for warm gooey goodness.
  14. Koeda


    Aug 21, 2007
    +1 on the D'Addario. I use the both the chromes and (against popular opinion) the half rounds. Great strings - warm and not too bright.
  15. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    That is the first I've ever heard of anything like that. I've used DR strings for years and never noticed any such problems.