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DR Sunbeams - Gauge Selection

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Von Fett, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Von Fett

    Von Fett

    Sep 1, 2011
    String hysteria has brought me this place. I am hopeful. I feel like this might be the end of my search.

    Before making my purchase, I desire to know which set will achieve more balance (both tonally and tension-wise):

    Medium-Lite (.045 .065 .080 .100)


    Medium (.045 .065 .085 .105)

    I spent a good while searching the forums for a thread that would answer this question, but to no avail.

  2. carlis


    Dec 28, 2005
    I have been using DR Sunbeams .040-.100 for very long time. Now I have one of my 5 string bass strung with .030 High C, with .045-.105

    In my opinion, .045-.105 is very nicely balanced. G and D strings are naturally associated with higher tensions, so going with thinner low strings (with less tension) might not be a wise choice. That said, this is my personal experience only – I just prefer to couple 40&60 with 80&100.
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    There are a few pre-packaged sunbeams sets..

    .040 .060 .075 .095
    .040 .060 .080 .100
    .045 .065 .080 .100
    .045 .065 .085 .105

    The 40-100 / 45-105 have more of a balanced feel, while the 40-95 / 45-100 noticeably feel lighter on the E and A strings...
    trothwell likes this.
  4. Von Fett

    Von Fett

    Sep 1, 2011
    Carlis, does the lighter set feel at all wimpy to you or does it still produce a big sound?

    I play mostly fingerstyle with a decently light touch.
  5. JB36

    JB36 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY
    I would go with the 105 set. Sunbeams sound great, but low tension. Your light touch will help. I've them on a Jazz that I can't even tune down a 1/2 step because the flop too much.
  6. i second whats already said. 40-100 or 45-105. but thats just an opinion. i like flop on the higher strings. less so on the deeper ones. (it makes it difficult to play fast at neck position)

    on a side note. sun beams are great strings my set is on for three months now and the tone is super warm and they play very very smooth. seem to improve with time. 45-105

    i got a 40-100 reserve but im afraid they will be too floppy but then again, i love bendings
  7. carlis


    Dec 28, 2005
    All I can say is that the lighter set still produces a big, warm sound to my ears – a bit thinner than its medium counterpart if you A/B test them, of course.

    Sunbeams strings have a very light tension compared to other products, and the 40-100 gauge seems to have a tension "too loose" to some players, but I like the way it is easy to my fingers. Again, just preference.

    btw, I got my strings from bassstringsonline.com – Jason gave me not only good price but also valuable advice when I was searching and trying different possibilities...
  8. Von Fett

    Von Fett

    Sep 1, 2011
    Thank you all for the feedback. I believe I will be ordering a set of the 105-45 variety.

    Anyone got soundclips of a P-bass with these strings equipped?
  9. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    Hear ya go: http://soundcloud.com/clustermugs/sets/strings-1
  10. scrumpyjack


    Oct 28, 2012
    Baltimore, MD

    Okay. You're scaring me now. I just ordered a set of Sunbeams 45-105 to put on my P bass. I will be tuning down a half step to Eb. Are they really that floppy? Will I be losing tone?? :(
  11. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    I am running the 40-120 Sunbeams on a DJ5 five string and have to tune down a half at practice. They are great as long as you arent a person who favors overly low actions. I can't get too crazy digging in but I am not forced to barely make contact with the strings either.

    Considering that the tone leaves me weak in the knees without major string clack ( DJ5/Streamliner/Dually) I think the P will be just fine.

    I also have a set of 40-100 on my Jazz and it too does fine tuned down, as long as I don't get all Robert Trujillo on it. :p

    Buy what you like and do a set up.
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I use the 45-105 set love them.
  13. JB36

    JB36 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY

    Play em nice an easy:) I don't know maybe they will be okay for you. Maybe your setup is different. I'm interested to hear your opinion after you give them a try.
  14. Von Fett

    Von Fett

    Sep 1, 2011
    My initial impression is that these strings rock. I've never been satisfied with the way a string sounds and feels right out of the box, but Sunbeams really hit the spot.

    I've barely spent any time with them yet, but so far I do not regret my decision.
  15. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    Neither set is tension balanced, almost all string sets are middle and/or top heavy, you may have noticed 105-45 is middle heavy. For your next set you might like to consider a custom set of single strings designed using the 'XL nickelplated roundwound long scale' chart here http://www.daddario.com/upload/tension_chart_13934.pdf
    Consider 105 80 60 45. bassstringsonline.com is an excellent place to build a custom set.
  16. they will mellow out in about 1-2 month of heavy playing. my current set sounds very thin and smooth. they still have a lot of upper mids but the trebly zing is gone. no piano strings
  17. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
  18. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Anyone try the .040 .060 .075 .095 set on a jazz bass? I like very low action and can tolerate some buzz. Has anyone put together a good custom low tension custom set?
  19. I put a custom set of .045 .060 .080 .105 on a Yamaha BB424X (PJ style). The balance of the strings is very nice but I can't get too low if I wan't to have a variety of sound. With that I mean 1) the rock/metal clank style - playing towards the neck with the strings hitting the frets 2) smooth, clean and warm all-round tone. If you only want sound 1) you can of course put them really low. I found a great middle of the road setup which allows me to get sounds 1) and 2). They are by no means floppy as a lot of people say. And I've played a 45-105 hex core set for a while so I do have a fair comparison.
  20. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I use Med. 105-85-65-45.