Product Reviews for DR Strings Bass Jonas Hellborg Signature Pure Nickel Single Wrap, .040 - .100, UFO-40
DR Strings Bass Jonas Hellborg Signature Pure Nickel Single Wrap, .040 - .100, UFO-40Bassist in NashvilleFebruary 25, 2010I didn't fully appreciate these strings until I used them in a live band setting. The additional clarity they bring to the fundamental is a true statement. I have looked very specifically for a pure nickel string on a round core, and the field is pretty slim. I love the Thomastik Jazz Flats, but the Jazz Rounds were a bit too light in tension and a touch too warm for my roundwound preferences. The tension on the Hellborgs is more similar to a 45-105 set despite their 40-100 gauge, since I think they must have a different core size or something to make them work with the single winding process. I usually prefer medium-light sets for my bass. As reference, I use a bass made from Warmoth parts: dinky J alder body, ebony board, 34" scale, Schaller hardware, Hipshot D-Tuner, with EMG J's circa 1999 wired Vol-Vol-Tone, powered by a Duracell ProCell 9V. Once the initial break in period (which takes slightly longer to settle than other DRs) passed, the tone remained very consistent for me. I kept the first set on for nearly a year, and only changed them because they were having some intonation problems after much use. But the tone stayed great. These strings are not for everyone, as they are a very unique animal. These strings will give you less complex harmonics, and will have a more even response across the lows to highs. Something worth mentioning is that the E string will sound a tad blurrier (but heftier) than other E strings (with multiple windings) past about the 15th fret. I like to play in the middle of my neck and high up on lower strings for added body in the higher notes. It is just the nature of the string winding, and not good or bad per se, just something to be aware of. Personally, I wish they would develop a low B for this. They likely would have to stop the thick winding before the bridge and wind a smaller diameter wrap, but would love to see DR come out with it. These strings are definitely worth a try if you are looking for a nickel-tone string that supports well in a band setting.