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Foderas...Fat Beams Part 2

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Frijoles Negros, May 6, 2004.

  1. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    After a month or so from the last post, I feel confident in saying Fat Beams - no.

    They sound deadish and muddy. I wasnt expecting the same Fodera clarity, but these sound like they need to be changed after a week.

    I do love the feel though. Nice. The .45-.105 set felt smooth and i was still able to get a nice low action out of them. The Foderas, though I bought the 'Mediums' (more like their thickest set) were a little too high on the tension for me. That and they were really grabby on my fingers.

    Ok, so, Im looking for less mids, more highs - lows and the same feel. Did I just ask for a set of Hi-Beams or not?
  2. Hi-Beams doesn't have as much lows as Fat-Beams, so maybe Lo-Riders are what you want. They have a more conventional feel than fat-beams due to the hex-core instead of round-core, but if you want less mids more highs and lows than Fat-Beams, I'd say go with Lo-Riders. Hi-Beams have a very nice feel on the other hand. Even more flexible than Fat-beams, and they sure sound good but maybe a little thin. They don't have the punchy funky lows of Lo-Riders, but more more subdued 'soft' lows, that has to be helped by a little eq'ing. So I guess it's feel vs sound. But hey, try both :) None of them has the 'muddy' mids of Fat-Beams, so if that was your biggest turnoff with those, I don't think you can go wrong with either of the others.
  3. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    Ill go with the lo riders first. I dont mind tension too much. Foderas had a little too much tension, grabbed my fingers too much, and didnt have enough lows. I did like just about everything else about the foderas and, so far, theyre the best thing I have played.

    Thanks for the tip- Ill hit the hi-beams 2nd if I dont like the lo riders.
  4. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    LOL...what a koinkydink...I was part of that thread too and today i put a set of Foderas on my SR5 after having Fat Beams on for a few months and I can say that I dont dig either i=of them.. I flet that the Foderas were also too hi in the tension department but I found the Fat Beams as the grabby string. I dont care for the Hi Beams either but I LOVE THE LO RIDERS. I will stick with the Lo Riders in SS and Nickel.
  5. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    Ok, that does it for me. Ill get a set once im done with my comps.
  6. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    lO-rIdErZ rAwK mY fAcE oFf DoOd!! :bassist:
  7. Deep


    May 8, 2002
    :hyper: I also love Low-Riders SS and Nickel plated steel. They do have a little more tension than Hi-Beams, but nowhere as much as the Fodera's I've tried. The great thing about the Low-Riders (SS and nickel plated) is that they fit thru-body on Lakland basses and you can get a tapered B to fit through the Lakland bridge onto the saddle perfectly......just like the standard Lakland strings. DR made them that way. The slight extra tension allows you to get super low action if you like it, without string buzz. I think they're great. :bassist:
  8. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    I forget from the last post a couple months back....but have you tried the D'Adarrio Slowwounds? I also use nickel Fodera's...and I go back and forth between the two brands. I've never really like D'Adarrio strings....but the Slowwounds are really super. For Stainless, the Prisms are nice too...but I prefer the nickel.

    Aloha, Garey
  9. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    No i havent. Just the DR's. The methodological approach i'm using is to go for the most 'popular' strings first. Bass strings cost too much money to try them all, so Im hoping to hit a good one early.

    I also would try jumping off the brooklyn bridge if everyone else was doing it. I would just wait and see the results first.
  10. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    Ok. I just ordered a .30 .45 .65 .85 105 set of lo riders
    Lets see when they get here.
  11. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Man, I dont get it but I really hate these Foderas. I dont know why but they seem super bright and rather high tension. I just put a 5 string set on my Stingray 5 and they sound just awful. I did not expect to be this disappointed? Hmmmmmmmmmm? :confused:
  12. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    Im pretty much with you here. Good lord the tension on those things.

    I finally got to play the fat beams in a band setting. You know, they sound good. Better than the foderas IMO. Nice and fat, but I still have the same concerns more or less. I was really missing some more tension though, and I have the .45-105's.

    Cant wait for the lo riders.