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Sunbeam Nickels vs Dunlop Super Bright Nickels?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bassworship1, Apr 3, 2017.


  1. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I wanted to hear from users who have tried both what are the differences and similarities if any? What is the better string for the price?
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Sunbeams = Warm, mellow, laid back.

    SuperBrights = Crispy, crunchy, lively.

    Both are great, just depends on what you want.
     
  3. xroads

    xroads

    Nov 6, 2012
    Agree - Dunlops also have a little more tension. I switched to Dunlops on my Jazz Bass, they have a little more
    zing.
     
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  4. jcerio

    jcerio Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    I've found that for my purposes Dunlop Super Bright Nickels can't be beat. Especially for the difference in price. I disagree about the tension, however. They seem to me to be more flexible than the DR. The Dunlops are a bit less warm than the Sunbeams, but once they age a few weeks the difference is less than you might think. In any case, there isn't anything in the Super Brights that can't be tamed by rolling off the tone slightly. I only wish they made a .045 - .130 set. Right now I buy a .045 - .100 set and add the .130 separately.
     
  5. Have you ever thought of spending a couple of extra dollars to get the 6-string set, 30-45-65-85-105-130, which is still under $20 USD @BSO?

    Dunlop Super Bright Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings - 6 String Set
     
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  6. This is what I do - it ends up being CHEAPER than buying the 4 string set and an individual B string. At the end of the year I give away a batch of C strings :)
     
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  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    I'll bug them again about availability of other options.
     
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  8. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Wantage, New Jersey

    Agreed. Super Brights settle in nicely while keeping a ton of character. More flexible than DR's for sure.
     
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  9. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    They are definitely similar. For my tastes, I need to give the Super Brights at least a couple of weeks to settle down, but the Sunbeams are great out of the box. If you play a high C string, I think the Super Bright C is a little fatter; the Sunbeam C is thin. I'd also give Super Brights the edge on their B string. But on the E through G strings, the Sunbeams can't be beat (at least as far as strings I've tried) for that perfect balance of warmth and crispness. You do have to pay a premium for that though--Sunbeams are typically quite a bit more expensive than Super Brights. I'm generally willing to pay that premium, but the Super Brights are a very good string at any price.
     
  10. jcerio

    jcerio Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    @SLaPiNFuNK How about bugging them for a tapered B string too?
     
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Sure I'll ask
     
  12. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    For my Warrior basses I have to say I'm liking the Dunlop SB Nickels better than any string I've tried so far. I haven't played them enough to know how they will break in and sound but the new out of pack sound is really nice. Better so than Fodera and Sunbeams I've tried on them. Really love the price lol.
     
  13. chanson

    chanson Supporting Member

    I've read conflicting opinions on whether Sunbeams or Super Bright Nickels have more tension..anyone else have any opinions on that?
     
  14. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC/JAM USA: Distributor of Ashdown amplification
    tension or stiffness? They are both very similar in the stiffness department even though Sunbeams are round core and Dunlops are hex.
     
  15. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Jul 20, 2005
    I must be on a different planet than most TB people, because I feel that Sunbeams are MUCH stiffer than Dunlop Super Bright Nickels. In fact, I think they're stiffer than DR Pure Blues or Hi-Beams.
     
  16. FirewalZ

    FirewalZ

    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    I use both...often. I prefer the Sunbeams on P bass's and my Stingray, SB's on a Jazz. They are both great strings, just different use case's. Sunbeams are warmer, a bit tighter lows, punchy low/mids, and can tame aggressive mids and highs....which is why i like them on P's and Ray's. SB's have an upper mid bump and a crunch to them, which i why they seem to fit J's well....or other scooped bass's. SB's are a tad more flexible and lower tension than Sunbeams. For me the SB's are a string used for a specific purpose or nitch, while the Sunbeams are more all purpose and are my standard go-to string.
     
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