Dr neon strings any good?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TTA, Jul 17, 2021.

  1. TTA


    Jun 10, 2021
    Just came across the dr neon strings. Kind of cool. Any experiences? Especially with pick?

    I assume the coatings are ceramic, and i assume they wont hold up to a pick very long.
  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    It's all about tone, and they just don't do anything for me.
  3. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I've had DR Neons on my Sadowsky for a couple shows now.

    • They look good.
    • I do like the way they sound.
    • They don't come out of the box super-bright, but they haven't started to lose anything yet. To be fair, my baseline string is Dunlop Superbrights in stainless steel.

    • They don't make any electrical/grounding contact with the bridge, so I can get a little bit of noise with a cable. This doesn't seem to be a factor on a show, because I'm always wireless.
    • They can be a little pricy.

    Edit: I use a pick on some songs, and I haven't chewed through the coating yet.
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  4. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    They burn my finger when I do a big slide. Very odd.
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  5. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    They definitely look good.
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  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    They are if you like coated strings. Me, not a fan.
  7. ac100X


    Apr 6, 2003
    I don't like them but I don't play this bass that much so they have stayed on. I like matching the body color. They feel coated but it may be some other process.
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  8. RandalPinkFloyd


    Jun 3, 2012
    I used to use them and liked them, moved to DR Black Beauties for awhile before dropping due to our set list having a lot of slides which gave me burns. So I ditched them.
  9. pigpen ridding

    pigpen ridding

    Dec 30, 2020
    IMG_0296.jpg i put a set on one of my festival basses there ok for one off shows here and there but i would not use them on a regular basis
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  10. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff Inactive

    Aug 21, 2014
    Last time I tried a set of DR Black Beauties which are essentially the same thing, except coated black, they were just too stankin' bright for me. My favorite rounds at this point have been .045-.135 (5 string) D'addario Nickels and Pro steels.

    The Black Beauties did look lovely on just about anything I put them on but.. bit too much twank for me.
  11. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    They are a great coated string that look really cool, they sound great.
    Over time I stopped liking the feel, they feel coated.

    @ac100X don't you dare remove those from that bass. That's awesome and lots o neon.
  12. GrooveDaddy

    GrooveDaddy Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Southern California
    I tried them, just like playing rubber chickens.
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  13. BassToGoGo


    Jul 14, 2018
    I've used them, I'm not totally into mthe idea of coated strings but I dig the sound.

    The color wears off quick...
  14. BtaylorTheRogue


    Nov 14, 2016
    I like em, I just wish they made a longer B.

    My backups all play nice with the blacklight, but my main player bass doesn't
  15. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    I put a set of Black Beauties on a Boxer 555 the other week because . . . Black, and they sound ok. I dod note that when doing a long, descending glissando, I got virtually no sound.

    This could be from any number of issues, including the strings. I have a compatriot who uses the Neons in different iterations, on every bass I've seen him play. He's quite good.
  16. Yellow Bang66

    Yellow Bang66

    Jun 5, 2019
    I dont use Neons, but I did play Black Beauties, I think they're similar. I had that experience with thoem; that Burning sensation when sliding! Also thought tone was okay-good, but they felt rubbery/plasticy after a couple of weeks! Changed to black Diamonds, then finally to, Roto Sound Nexus', those sound& feel really Nice!!
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  17. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Got some Blue ones on a Bird...... cool to look at and sound good, but sliding on string is a little rough.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2021
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  18. BtaylorTheRogue


    Nov 14, 2016
    Oh, it's worth noting that not all colors are the same.

    Blue might as well be invisible IMO, as long as you aren't shining a black light on it.
    Orange seems of come off faster, but I could easily be reading into it.
  19. I use both Black Beauties and Rotosound Nexus, and although I have never experienced any burning sensation when playing the BB's, I do prefer the Nexus as well. Still though, I have several 5 strings, and a 6 string Cirrus that have Black Beauties on them, and they sound & feel great. I don't find them nearly as bright as D'Addario nickels and especially nowhere near as bright as Pro Steels, as a previous poster stated....thats exactly why I switched to BB's.
  20. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I like the way they look, but thought they had a squeaky sound to them. I never used them again.