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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Funky-Wunky, Aug 25, 2013.
Can anyone comment on the difference between these two stainless sets? Thanks.
Quite different strings, in my opinion. The Hi-Beams are very flexible. I use them on one of my 35" scale five string basses and they work great. Tried them on my 34" five string and the B didn't have enough tension (floppy B). The Lo-Riders are significantly stiffer and, tension-wise, they worked well on the 34" fiver (no floppy B). Sound-wise I much prefer the Hi-Beams. They're not as mid-strong as some strings but they are quite rich-sounding to my ears and very focused. I find the Lo-Riders sound choked in the midrange - as if the string isn't being allowed to speak fully. To me the Lo-Riders are a more "introverted" sounding string while the Hi-Beams are more "extraverted". But I've heard people say virtually the opposite so it will be interesting to hear others' feedback on the subject.
Hi beams have a round core. Loriders have a hex core, which allow for lower action with less buzzing, thus the name "low-rider". Hibeams are more flexible than the stiffer loriders.
This is not meant to be snarky at all - but just do a Google search for Hi-beams vs Lo-Riders. It will point you at a lot of threads here on the subject. I've searched this a lot myself.
You might want to try the .135 HiBeam to cure the floppiness. You can buy it as a single string at www.bassstringsonline.com
You can either build a whole custom set or just get a 4 string set and add the .135
This helped me out greatly. Audio samples of different DR strings.
I have used low riders 45-125 for the last 9 months. Great strings, but pretty stiff. There is a lot of high mid content. Today I put on a set of hi-beams in the same gauges and was able to keep the action at the same height. Much more focused to my ears, especially in the low mids. I thought the low B was a touch floppy, but it isn't so much that I can't use it. They are a pleasure to play.
Either are a great choice.
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