1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

High Beams - lyte or not lyte?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Meehaw, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. Meehaw


    Jun 11, 2003
    Gdynia, Poland
    Hi. In a few hours I'll have to phone my music shop and tell them what gauges of DR High Beams I want. I'm wonder if a set of Lytes won't sound too weak in the music I play. One of my bands is kind of heavy, Slipknotish - Mudvaynish - something, but apart from that I like playing less aggressive music. Have anyone tried both standard and lyte sets of High Beams? Can you help me make a decision? I play a six striger if it changes anything. :)

    Thanks for your responses. :bassist:
  2. JimmyT


    Nov 28, 2004
    I've got to help a fellow countryman ! (I'm mostly Polish) :) I can only speak from a 4 string perspective. I have used .40 - .100 DR high beams for years and recently am experimenting with different gauges the last few weeks, and trying the MM Fatbeams as well. The heavier gauges will definitely give you a thicker bottom end and overall roundness to your tone but with less give to the strings. So, it depends upon your touch. If you have an aggressive attack, I would go with the heavier gauge. If you have a lighter touch, play chords and like to slap, go with the lighter. The fatbeams are my new favorite - less bright, and the perfect tension for the R&B, finger funk I'm playing mostly now. When I went back to the .40-.100 yesterday, the strings felt too light, harder to control and sounded much thinner to me. I think I'm going to stick with the .45 - .105 fatbeams.

    Just my opinion - hope it helps.
  3. Light gauge HI-Beams can be a little too floppy for me too. The mediums are just right.
  4. Meehaw


    Jun 11, 2003
    Gdynia, Poland
    Medium it is. :)

    They will be lighter than my D'Addarios either way.

    Thanks for your help! :)