I feel no differance. (DR content)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mike M., Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    I've been wanting to try some DR Lo-Riders for a while but stayed away because some folks here have found them to have too much tension due to the hex core.

    Well, what the hell? No guts no glory, right? I have a set of Fat Beams (round core) on my Jazz bass and thought it would be interesting to see how the two sets differed in terms of feel. Bought the SS Lo-Riders today, put them on my Squire Affinity P bass and.......I feel NO differance what so ever in terms of tension between the two sets. Looked at the package to be sure I didn't screw up! Nope...says Lo-Rider and hex core right there.

    I'm very, very surprised by this. I've got a set of GHS Boomers on my MIJ bass and in terms of feel the Boomers have more tension than the Lo-Riders.

    I was really expecting something very differant. Fact is, I really wanted to feel a differance but the tension from both sets feels identical!

    A packing error on DR's part, perhaps? That's the only thing I can think of.
  2. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Did you perchance get the light set instead of medium? Thats what Id be tempted to pick as similiar tension to dr neons medium gaiuge set. if I was gonna try them again.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    I've never understood why people think LoRiders are high tension strings. Their tension is about like any other hex core string, except they feel and sound better than most.
  4. So... the Lo Riders don't have tension similar to Rotosound 66?

    If so, then that's quite disappointing!
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Interesting... :meh:

    In my experience, there is a difference in tension between the two makes. It's that the difference is subtle.

    BTW, I'm not claiming that Lo-Riders are high-tension strings per se. Just that they have more tension than Fat Beams.

  6. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Well, the package says MLH-45 45 65 80 100. According the DR's site this is the Medium Lite set. I normally use an 85 and a 105 and while I saw the 80 and the 100 on the box I thought it can't make that much differance. Besides, these Lo-Riders were the only ones in the store.

    But still, the 45 and 65 is what I use and again, being hex core I thouht these were going to have as much tension as say, GHS Pressure Wounds. Now those are some high tension strings!

    I again compared the Lo-Riders on the P to the Fat Beams on my J and again, I feel no differance in tension between the two sets on any of the strings.
  7. Pretty much same tension but less wear-down of fingers and frets so that's why I switched from Rotosound to DR Lo-Riders.
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    They are very close. I think Roosounds are a bit tighter, but that could just be me and it's been a while since I had Roto's. But I remember the higher tension is one thing I didn't like about them.