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Which DR for my Stingray

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by rolleharris, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. rolleharris


    Nov 10, 2002
    Falun Sweden
    Have never tried DR strings before and now its the time. Going into the studio next week to record with a metalband. I have been using Daddario for years. I am thinking about Loriders. Anyone got any other suggestions?
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I've never been a fan. I've tried lowriders, hibeams, black beauties....Never liked the finger feel on any of them. And they're not exactly cheap. I've never had a set of D'Addarios I didn't like.
  3. dalo

    dalo Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    I use Nickel Low Riders on my Stingray and love the sound. I play funk though, so I dunno about what would work best for metal.
  4. rolleharris


    Nov 10, 2002
    Falun Sweden
    Tnks fpr the replies. I have tried Prosteels before so maybe SS Lo Riders?
  5. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    If you're recording a metal album, get Ernie Ball Cobalts. I have them on both of my stingrays and they CUT through the mix. Much better than DR fat beams, hi beams, or low riders that ive tried in the past
  6. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    The go to string on my rays is Dr Black Beauties. They tame the top end sizzle of the ray without losing clarity punch or low end.
  7. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    Fat Beams sounded great on my SR4 and SR5.
  8. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    I disagree on a SR5. The B string in DR sets are tapered too long at the top so the thick of the B ends up winding around the post leaving it kinda dull.
  9. woody357

    woody357 Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2005
    No DRs on a MM, stick with Ernie Ball Slinkys
  10. Funny thing: I actually switched from SS Lo-Riders to Pro Steels, and so far I am loving them. Both great strings. The SS LRs have more mids. If you liked the Pro Steels, then the Lo Ridrs would be a logical choice.
  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    What DRs are best for metal? Hmmm...

    If ya never used em before I'd suggest sticking with dadarrios. I went from them to DRs and hated the DRs. There's a big difference with some of them, especially the black beauties. I got a great amazon deal on some sunbeams and don't hate them, but I don't think they're what everyone on TB makes them out to be. I'd never buy em for the retail price. I like dadarrios more.
  12. rjhilliard

    rjhilliard Guest

    Oct 26, 2007
    I use Sunbeams and I am very happy with the way they sound on my SR5
  13. Been using Hi Beams on Stingrays for 10+ years and love them. I have tried other DR strings, but came back to Hi Beams. They feel and sound the best to me.
  14. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    On my MM, I use Black Beauties. Love the sound. FWIW, I aim for a classic hard rock sound...
  15. woody357

    woody357 Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2005
    I've tried most of the DR strings on my Bongo, but always come back to the Slinkys! They just make my bass sound great to me! I tries to like the DR strings but they just didn't do it for me!!
  16. liveburning274

    liveburning274 Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    I am loving my DR Nickle Lo-Riders on my Sterling right now...they have mellowed out to such a great feeling and sounding string after some good quality playing time.
  17. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    i use sunbeams on all my basses
    right tension
    right gauge
    right amount of brightness for me
    for metal i would try the EB cobalts-very bright, metallic
  18. bluestarbass


    Jul 31, 2007
    I've played low riders and hi beams on a stingray for metal. They both sounded great. Hi beams are def brighter, though.
  19. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I would think that too short a taper would cause the thick part of the B to wrap?
  20. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    What he said! Get Ernie ball SS's or Cobalts
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