Hi-Beams Vs Lo-Riders

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Andrew.Glose, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Oye,

    I play in a style much similar to Janek and Matt G, and am looking for strings that can accommodate:

    1) Very Low Action
    2) Good Mids
    3) No Harsh Highs

    I've been looking at DR's, so what's the difference between the Lo-Riders and Hi-Beams?

    Thanks for your help, in advance,

  2. werks

    werks Guest

    Dec 4, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Hi Beams - Stainless Steel
    Low Riders - Nickel

    If you don't want the brighter highs, go with the low riders. I play the high beams and they are pretty bright.

    Hope that helps !
  3. Low Riders are Stainless Steel also (I think there is a Low Rider - Nickel also, but have never seen them).

    The main difference is the core.. Hi Beams have a round core, Low Riders are the more traditional hex core. As a result, the Hi Beams have lower tension and an almost 'nickel' like smooth feel. They are VERY bright in a 'modern funk' sort of way, although they settle down nicely after an hour or so, and stay bright a long time.

    The Low Riders have more pronounced upper mids, a somewhat more aggressive treble response (more Chris Squire than Alain Caron if that makes sense) and are tighter tension.

    Not quite sure what to suggest to you given your post, but hopefully the above will help some. The Low Riders are like 'refined Roto Sounds' to me. The Hi Beams are more similar to the old Dean Markley Super Rounds... more 'flat response'... more hi fi treble... great 'Marcus Miller' strings IMO.

    Sun Beams are basically nickel Hi Beams.
  4. werks

    werks Guest

    Dec 4, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Huh ... I must have seen the nickel ones when I purchased these. I don't usually play DR strings ... i may have to try the ss low riders.

    Thanks for the info
  5. Yup yup!
  6. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    I typically use Nickel Lo-Riders. Haven't used the steel Lo-Riders. Don't care for the feel of steel. Have used High beams And they are bright. The nickel Lo-Riders seem to have the perfect balance of feel/tension/sound. To me the feel more flexible than the High beams. But it has been awhile since I played those.