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DR Black Beauties on fretless?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Kwesi, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. I know that there are 80 million threads on these strings but I haven't seen any pertaining specifically to their use on a fretless bass (yes, I searched) and that's all I'm looking for. How do these sound on fretless? Are they any harsher/gentler than other roundwounds on a naked fretboard?
  2. Bass-Adrenaline


    Jan 23, 2010
    They may start out gentler but id imagine the coating will wear off on them after a little use.
  3. Anything more on this? I'd like to know as well.
  4. AmadeusXeno


    Mar 8, 2011
    I've used these on my fretless before. They aren't much different as far as tone goes from other rounds. They are slightly mellower but hardly noticable. The main thing I didn't like about them though is that for the first few weeks I had them on doing slides felt like getting rope burn.
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Ive been using dr neons since last january, same k3 coating as the black beauties now use. I allways use a pick to. No noticeable coating wear off even after 5 and half months. Which is the longest ive had a set of neons on a bass. Then of course I put on new set. No reason to think theyd show coating wear off on your bass. Older versions of black beauties used a diff coating then they do now. All coated dr strings now use K3. Which was first introduced for the neon line.
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I've had a set on my Roscoe fretless since May. They sound as good now as they did the day I put them on. I don't notice the "roughness" that some others say they feel in them - but I play 5-6 hours a day, and I have callouses.....

    Go for it, Kwesi
  7. I've had 'em on three different fretli, love the tone, and really appreciate the longevity - I just replaced a set on my 6er yesterday, they were pushing 2 years old and were just starting to sound a bit dull.

  8. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Bass drops and breakdowns since 2009

    Jul 8, 2011
    Southwest Florida
    I just put a set on my Wishbass and so far, I love the sound. Definitely a lot of punch, the mwah sound on the higher strings is brilliant. But (and this is a big but), how do they do with fretboard wear? I would say that the K3 would soften the blow of the strings against the wood, but by how much? I just had this fretboard totally refinished and I'd hate to chew up the wood and brand new gloss finish with these strings.
  9. Big Mother

    Big Mother

    Nov 19, 2007
    I too had a set on my Roscoe fretless and really enjoyed them.
    I have been on a "try every kind of string I can" kick and have a set of R Cocco's nickels on it right now (and I like them), but kinda think I am going to put some BB's back on it soon. FWIW, I rather like the feel of the BB's.

  10. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I have a set of nickel Lo-Riders on my fretless Rick, and I have noticed no abnormal wear. Granted, that could be due to the thick poly coat on the fingerboard, but you should be fine.

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