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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Jul 19, 2005.
Seen a few basses here and there which have sparked my curiosity.
Likely DR Black Beauties, or else Black Diamond Electric Blacks.
they could also be Black nylon tapewounds...
I was thinking I had heard they were called Black Beauties.
Just did a search and it says they are coated to protect from the elements of sweaty hands and such......is there any other difference?
They're coated, similarly to Elixirs. They generally keep a brigher, newer tone much longer than non-coated strings. Some downsides are that once the coated starts to flake, your tone gets kinda choked, and for some people, the slicker feel isn't for them. I personally like coated, but you may not.
I just wanted to mention that the Black Beauties DON'T feel like Elixirs to me. They just felt like strings, and the tone didn't change at all as the coating came off, which it did slowly. Black Beauties, are, IMO a much better product, the more so because they're based on a much better string. The difference I notice is that they retain their "new" sound and feel much longer than a regular string, or other coated strings.
how long did they last before they started flaking?
i just ordered me a pair, so hopefully I'll like them.
I just got a set of Black Beauties today. They feel pretty different to me, but then again I generally use Ernie Ball strings (or Fender flats.. flame me, but the Fenders are actually really nice).
IMO, The Black Beauties have kind of a plastic feel to the touch, but when you play them they are like butter. The .105-.045 set of Black Beauties feel less tense than a .100-.45 set of EB's. They play easy and the tone is great.
I am not overly thrilled with the way they look on my bass.. my wife says it kinda looks like a Fisher-Price bass now... but I don't play to look cool. I'd definitely recommend them on tone (a touch on the bright side), playability (you can slide the whole fretboard with ease) and feel (once you get used to them). They still feel less unnatural than Elixirs, and that is a good thing. And they sound better for quite a few pennies less ($28 at the local shop, probably less online).
I recommend them, if you don't mind the look.
EDIT: So these comments were with the practice rig. I plugged into my Ashdown rig and honestly..... These are the best sounding strings I've used. I think I might have found my new "regulars"... Sorry Ernie
Got me a set the other day also. I really like them so far! They do have a lot less tension which I like because the bass i had them on the action is high so it worked out perfectly.
Nylon Tapewounds + Fretless = amazing tone and looks.
Forgive my total ignorance about nylon strings, but how do they work with regular electric pickups? Do they have a steel core? And who makes them? Thanks for any info, Bob
To work with inductive pickups they would have to have metal in them.
Plastic polymers have a distinctive non effect on magnetic fields. Unless of course all laws of the universe changed and I wasn't informed.
Yes, steel core. RotoSound is the mos prominent make that I know of, though fender makes them too.
Do they have a hex core or a round core? and are the wraps under the coating Stainless or nickel.
La Bella has a nylon tapewound too..
DR Black Beauties, Red Devils, Peacock Blues, and soon to be released Silver Stars all have a ROUND core, just like DR Hi-Beams. These strings are coated versions of the Hi-Beams that happen to have color. So they are a stainless steel roundwound on a round core with a coating on them.
Thanks Rsautrey for the reply the DR websight didn't have that info last time I looked. Tim
A long time ago (maybe 20 years or so) I had a black set made by Kaman.They were nickel roundwounds (as I recall) and the black surface treatement-not very stable-went off in a couple of months.
Lately,I heard that Kaman went down and they were bought by some other major US company.
I have a set of GHS Black Nylon Tapewounds on my Jazz, and the tone is *amazing*, with plenty of p-like thump. I highly recommend them. Much better than either the Fender or Labella tapewounds that sound really bright.
Just an update. I put the black beauties on my Ibanez TR600 and they sound amazing! I really like the feel and tension they have.