New DR Black Beauty Bass Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by rsautrey, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. rsautrey

    rsautrey Inactive

    Jul 27, 2000
    For all you DR string lovers out there, here is the latest on some new strings that are available from DR Strings.

    DR has entered the coated string market with the new "Black Beauty" bass sets. These are black coated and have the same specs as "Hi-Beams" which are stainless steel round core roundwounds. has them available in 4 string 105-45 and 5 string 125-45.

    The second new string is also black coated but these are Bootsy Collins signature sets called "Bootzillas". These are also stainless steel round core roundwounds but the steel used in the wrap wire is european and not domestic like the steel DR uses for other sets. has them available in 4 string 105-45 or 110-50 and 5 string 125-45.

    Tony at DR tells me that the difference between the two sonically is that the Black Beauties are bright like Hi-Beams and the Bootzillas are a little warmer with a deeper low end, kind of like Lo-Riders I would guess. The ads for the Bootzillas and description of them calls them "crunchy" due to the more expensive stainless steel used, whatever that means.

    If anyone gets to try either one of these strings please post a review of them. I want to try 'em but I still have two sets of stainless Lo-Riders to kill first (which will probably take awhile!!)

  2. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    good info! I don't think I'll be venturing into the world of coated strings, but I am always interested to hear what DR is up to...

  3. Mmmm black coated staniless' The jaco sound without finger death, or fretboard abuse. Unless you have an ebony board, like I do:D
  4. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine coated strings take longer to go dead or something? Can they be cleaned in similar ways to normal strings?
  5. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Coated meaning with a polymer, like Elixirs?

    Hmm - if so, I'm gonna check them Hi-Beams out on my fretless!! The Elixirs work better for fretted, I've found.
  6. rsautrey

    rsautrey Inactive

    Jul 27, 2000
    Yes coated like Elixir but the DRs have a coated wrap wire rather than a coating around the finished string like Elixirs. Also...keep in mind that these are black which might turn some of you off.
  7. Could anyone give me a link to where I could buy the black high beams? (The Black Beauty set)
  8. Thanks!
  9. Bunyo


    Jan 6, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I play on them. I have 2nd pair already. Usually strings ( lo rider) wear out after 2 weeks of my playing. I was playing almost 3 months on BB and they still had lots of tone, but unfortunately E string broke down. Need to mention that I pley very strong, without mercy. I very like tone of these Beauties.
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    +1 for Black Beauties. Truly magical strings. I've been around the block and back, and I'm completely sold in DR strings in general. I just can't get other strings to do what DR's can do. Honorable metion to Curt Mangan though, I still keep them on my G&L, a 5 string set costs about $15 less than DR.

    +2 for reviving an 8 year old thread!!
  11. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Wow, resurected old post. Since original post the black beauties coating has changed to the same coating used on the new DR Neons. Substantial diff since the new coating doesnt wear off anywhere near as fast as the original one did with pick playing.
  12. Bunyo


    Jan 6, 2009
    Chicago, IL

    Sorry for that. Didnt realized it at first.
  13. Fangofdoom


    Aug 20, 2010
    I play really strong too and with a pick. I'm a new bassplayer (played guitar for 5 years and switch to bass 1 year ago) and I would like to know if the heavy or heavy taper DR strings could help. Thank you and sorry for my bad english