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DR Legend flat wound string problem??

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by davidchampoux, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    I received a set of these strings, bought over eBay.

    Look at the E string...

    It's dead, uneven wound, etc... I ask for a replacement and they sent another E string that is exactly the same!

    Are all DR Legend E strings wound that way, or am I just out of luck?

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  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I would only be concerned about tone, not appearance. If the string is indeed dead-sounding, then sure, that's a problem, and multiple occurrences would make me stay away from that brand.

    I have a set of DR Legend flats at home, still unopened. I'll take a look tonight, and maybe I'll pop 'em on a bass to hear how they sound. The Fender flats currently on my "flats P-bass" are nicely broken in, but hey, I can keep 'em around and reinstall them later.
  3. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    Thanks for your comment. I contacted DR, they will send me a new set when available (they are out of these at the moment (!) )...
  4. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I purchased a new set of DR flats a couple years ago, and the A string was sounding very different than the rest of the strings .. I contacted DR and they also sent me a new one (great customer service) ... shortly after that, the rest of the strings started to balance out, and they all came in nicely together ... DR Legend flats are a very 'percussive' flat, that I eventually moved away from, but there are some here that really like them ... maybe give them a little time to balance out ...
  5. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Moved to Strings.

    I didn't notice this on the 5 string set I have, but can look at it again once I find it. They weren't ideal for my current use, so they're sitting in the land of unused strings.
  6. dannster


    Aug 20, 2000
    Sounds like "something" is getting recalibrated...
    petrus61 likes this.
  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I just restrung my "flats" bass (Sadowsky P5) from Fenders to Legends. First thing I noticed: I love the gold silks! Gold goes much better with CAR than the Fender green, although the green was a nice match for the mint guard.

    Second thing I noticed: the B and E strings looked smoothly wound, no spiral effect.

    Third thing (once the bass was strung): I love the tone of these flats.

    Fourth: the B string is probably the nicest I've heard on a set of flats. So, merci Monsieur Champoux for prompting me to switch! :)
  9. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    Fuzzbass: ;)

    I want to try them, coming from the Fender's, just like you... Like you, I like the gold silk a lot! Though the green Fender looked nice on my Jade Pearl/Maple P Bass! So does the Gold...

    Can't wait to have a 'working' set!!! :hyper::hyper::bassist::bassist:
  10. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    Just received a replacement set from DR...

    While the E string has a more even feel, it still sounds completely dead. Unmatched with the 3 other strings.

    I'm done with DR strings!

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  11. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    I have read on more than one occasion that the E is dead till the rest catch up after a good breaking in period.
    Just my 2 cents
  12. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I recently had the exact same experience with these strings. The E string was dead, and had a slightly "rough" feel in places.

    I also found the sound of the whole set to be much deader than marketing claims would have you believe. I was looking for a bright flat, and this wasn't it. In the end, I went back to Rotos.
  13. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    As noted above I recently put a set of 5 string Legend flats on a bass. The strings are very well balanced, including the B and the E. I like the tone overall, but I agree, they are definitely NOT bright flats. The Fenders I had on before were brighter, and so were the TI Jazz flats I had on before that. I haven't tried Roto flats, but I should... not that I have to have bright flats, but I'm still trying to find my favorites.

    P.S. David, I'm sorry that your third E still did not work.
  14. basmicke


    May 31, 2008
    I get the impression, after reading multiply threads about different flat-wounds, that first of all some players used to rounds will always find the strings more or less dead or dull, especially the E/B strings. That's the natural physics of a flatwound string and left on and played for a while that's what gives you the characteristic dry thump. Then again maybe not ideal for slapping traditionally
    Then there's the somewhat more opensounding type of flatwounds (Chromes) that gives you more of the roundwound string treble but still after some time may give you a little thump.
    Everyone seems to have different ideas about what is a good choice and totally different experience when trying strings out. I guess that's due to the fact that strings as well as instruments are different and 'alive' and you need to acknowledge that and with time learn to navigate through all the different sound parameters in your instrument, amp, fingers and technique... and string type.
    Takes some time and is a never ending journey