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DR Strings Bass Guitar Fat Beam Stainless Steel, .040 - .100, FB-40

DR Strings Bass Guitar Fat Beam Stainless Steel, .040 - .100, FB-40
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By Al F.
I like these strings!
October 17, 2015
Lately I've been trying strings to find something that sounded good after replacing my J pickups with DiMarzio Area J pickups (DP249 set). DR FatBeams are my favorite so far, so I tried the lighter gauge out of curiosity. To me, these have even a better tone. Maybe there is a slight loss of lows, not sure what it is, but when I practice bass chords, the E string sounds less muddy - sounds clearer. I had to use a temporary shim under the A string, I guess I filed the nut too low there, though I did set it up for another kind of string, .045 - .105 gauge. Now it sounds great, so if I decide these are keepers, I'll replace the nut again and set it up for these babies.

I don't really do "slap", but am trying to learn how, but what little I can do is much easier with this lighter gauge. If you do slap, I would recommend this gauge. Sounds good, too, the thumb slap sounds good higher up the fingerboard than with the heavier gauge. And the "pop" works higher up there too.

If this matters, the bass is a Squier VM Jazz, with DiMarzio Area J DP249 set. I previously liked D'Addario ProSteels, but with the new pickups they sounded tinny to me. The Fatties have more mids, so I hear, that must be the secret to getting a good tone (on this bass, anyway).
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