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The Definitive DR Strings Poll

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by GK Growl, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Hi Beams

    14 vote(s)
  2. Sunbeams

    21 vote(s)
  3. FatBeams

    13 vote(s)
  4. Lo Riders stainless steel

    10 vote(s)
  5. Lo Riders nickelplated steel

    7 vote(s)
  6. Long Necks

    1 vote(s)
  7. Color Coated nickelplated steel (includes Neon and standard colors)

    6 vote(s)
  8. Dragonskins Coated stainless steel

    3 vote(s)
  9. Bootzillas Coated stainless steel

    0 vote(s)
  10. Jonas Hellborg pure nickel

    0 vote(s)
  11. Flatwound/Legend Flats

    1 vote(s)
  1. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    As the title says (though maybe not definitive but close enough), DR string users - cast your vote for your preferred type. My guess is that Hi Beams, Fatbeams, Sunbeams, and the Color Coated varieties will fight for the top spot. I know there is a ton of DR threads but I thought maybe we could have a snapshot of everyone's opinion. My vote is for Hi Beams.

    Edit: I realize that I left the DDTs off the list. Doh!
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Steel Loriders win.
  3. I'm not a DR user currently, but the Nickel Lo-Riders 40-100 is on top of my list for my next bass (either Fender P or J).
  4. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    Any of the first 3 are awesome.
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Any of the Round Core strings stand out the most as they are one of only 5 brands that make Round Core Round Wound strings...
  6. Who are the other four? I mean, which are the other four brands?
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Fodera - Stainless and Nickel Plated Steel strings

    Dean Markley - NPS Super Rounds / Stainless Super Rounds

    Thomastik-Infeld - Jazz Rounds (Round Core wrapped in silk w/ Pure Nickel outer wrapping)

    R.Cocco are said to be a mix of both Round and Hex depending on the gauge, but honestly I never checked.

    While at NAMM I found a Korean company that supposedly makes their own strings that had a round core variety...

    I believe Pyramid makes Round Core electric rounds strings as well.

    Pretty much everything else out there is Hex core. Much easier to manufacturer, less user difficulty during installation (resulting in less "bad" strings), and lower cost of materials.
  8. Thanks for the info.

    One thing I don't quite understand is how the hex core translates to "less user difficulty during installation"?
  9. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    With hex-core strings the core bites into the windings. This makes the string more rigid while it also gives the windings something to grip on to.

    With round core strings the windings do not grab onto the core as much so during installation if not properly installed (bending and crimping) the outer windings can break free from the core. This will make the string either sound dead or just totally break. With round core strings it is most important that the full winding does not go around the tuning posts...

    now the same problems can happen with hex core, but it is easier with round core strings...
  10. Got it, thanks. It makes sense now.
  11. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    Sunbeams all the way
  12. awamori


    Dec 10, 2009
    It's a tossup between the three roundcore strings for me.
  13. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Lo-Riders now after 30 yrs of Roto's
  14. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Fatbeams for me.
  15. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    Hi Beams, Fat Beams, Lo Riders (nickel and ss), Sunbeams....all amazing strings IMO/IME. I've gone through countless sets of various DRs, and have yet to encounter a problem.

    Status also makes round core rounds btw, Hot Wires.
  16. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    Silver Stars and Black Beauties #1 Sunbeams #2.
  17. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    Dragon skins, fat-beams,sunbeams.... Fingerstyle in straight jazz
  18. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    Wow, 57 votes so far and it looks like Sunbeams are kicking arse! I surprised the colored/coated varieties haven't ranked higher and I'm surprised the nickelplated Lo Riders haven't ranked higher as well.

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