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Labella Nickel Plated rounds vs DR Nickel Lo-Riders

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Arthur U. Poon, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I'm looking for input from the folks who've tried both LaBella's Nickel Plated Series Rounds, and DR Nickel Lo-Riders. In particular, I'd like to know about differences in tone, string tension, and lifespan.

    I'm looking for Nickel roundwounds that have a longer lifespan than D'Addario XL's, which is the brand that I'm most accustomed to. I especially like their tension.

    The more midrangey the tone, the better for me. So, if either brand sounds mid-scooped, please let me know. I also like a higher string tension for my plucking hand.

    I currently have a set of Fodera Nickel roundwounds on my bass, IMO they're a great string, but their round cores still feel weird for my fretting hand.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Just an update to my inquiries. I plan on buying a set of DR Nickel Lo-Riders to put on my 6er next. I've never tried them before, and the majority of reviews about them online I've read are favorable.

    I've tried the LaBella's years back, when they were called "Slappers". I ordered some 4-string sets with single B-strings from Imperial Guitars at a crazy low price. Unfortunately, the B-strings are tapered, - which I'm not a fan of. I still have the sets stashed in my house somewhere...:wacky:

    I tried a set of the Slappers on my MM Sterling, and as I recall, they didn't seem much different than my usual favorites, D'Addario XL's or GHS Boomers.

    My plan, once I find them at the house, is to order single B-strings and C-strings from
    BSO, and give 'em a whirl on my bass.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2016
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