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DR Strings Electric Bass - Lo-Riders Nickel Plated Lite, .040-.100, NLH-40

DR Strings Electric Bass - Lo-Riders Nickel Plated Lite, .040-.100, NLH-40
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By Tommy S.
Nickel Lo-Riders {Bass} 40-60-80-100's
February 15, 2012
I bought these for an SX Jazz Bass URSA PRO - $189 bass. I originally put Hi-Beam 45-105's on it and it sounded great. I thought for a Jazz bass it lacked some warmth, so I bought the Nickel Lo-Riders but in a gauge down 40-60-80-100's. Typically I never liked anything but medium strings but after installing these and a minor setup adjustment I was pleasantly shocked!!

First, you don't have to work to get the sound to come out, it pours out effortlessly. Second, they feel awesome, are easier to play and have this loud, warm, midrangey sound that makes a jazz bass famous! I think the lighter gauge actually did the bass justice and gave it a jazzier tone, but the lows on the A and E strings are still there when you want them AND the growl remains! They are a lot like the steel Lo-Riders but warmer. Comparing the three - the steel Hi-beams were bright like a mirror, Steel Lo- Riders bright like a light, and these are bright like liquid glass!! Different steels on each string, and one is nickel coated so it adds a mid range warmth the others can't. Difference between Nickel Lo-Riders and Sunbeams are Sunbeams are bright and mid range zingy, and Nickel Lo-Riders are bright and mid range syrupy. That's the best I can put it. The light gauge is awesome in these strings though and you don't lose the lows ! Try'em you'll like 'em !
By William M.
lo-riders -40's ....
October 7, 2009
As I have stated, I love these strings because they allow me to let the music come through me; I can get out of my own way without worrying about my fingers hitting the strings in a way that might produce any unwanted dissonance.






1st G

Nickel Plated



2nd E

Nickel Plated



3rd A

Nickel Plated



4th E

Nickel Plated




"Lo-Riders" NickelsÔ

"Lo-Riders nickel-plated bass strings are based upon hexagonal cores, wound with nickel-plated steel, specifically designed for a softer feel and a traditional warm nickel sound. These bass strings are even, long lasting, and lound… with a mid-range growl. An excellent string for fretless basses… "Lo-Riders Love to Funk."

DR Strings

"From the first handmade strings DR made for Marcus Miller and Jeff Healey (both of whom have played DR's for over six years), to our latest development, the remarkable ZEBRA electric-acoustic strings, DR HandMade Strings approaches sound and string design differently from other makers… we are all players. The secret to the way we make DR strings is the word "slow." No other company we know makes strings one at a time, so very slowly and carefully. Quality of sound is paramount… along with the highest possible specifications for materials. Longevity and durability are our next concerns. We are NOT a high speed, mass production company. We have an elaborate quality control system.

For a relatively new company, we have been embraced by a surprising number of "Legends and Masters" of guitar and bass. A partial list of DR endorsees includes Sting, Marcus Miller, Jeff Healey, Adam Clayton of U2, Warren Haynes of GOV'T MULE and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, Jonas Hellborg, Bo Diddley, "Skunk" Baxter, Victor Bailey, Steve Kaufman, Percy Jones, Darryl Jones of THE ROLLING STONES, Rick Derringer, Mick Karnes, Andreas Kisser, Max Cavalera, & Paulo Jr. of SEPULTURA, Birelli Legren, Trey Anastasio and Mick Gordon of PHISH, SMASHING PUMPKINS, Gary Tallent, Tony Franklin, Ty Tabor & Doug Pinnock of KING'S X, Dimebag Darrell of PANTERA, Scott Ian, Paul Crook, & Frank Bello of ANTHRAX, Stefan Lessard with THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, Peter Rowan, Shawn Lane, Paul Pesco Matt Freeman with RANCID, Per Gessle of ROXETTE, Sharlee D'Angelo of MERCYFUL FATE, and VERUCA SALT.

DR Strings are made with more metal than one realizes at first. By way of example, before a .042 gauge DR string is carefully wound, core wire and wrap wire that total .043 are prepared. After a process we call "Compression-Winding", a DR string that gauges a .042 is produced.

The ratios and principles of "TITE-FIT" / "Compression-Winding" are used for the specifications and manufacture of all DR strings. At DR we craft our strings at tension. The following is one example of how the DR wrap/ratio formula works… in this case for .042's. Core wire is .016, wrap wire is .0135 x 2 (top and bottom covers). Total material gauges .043 before winding and .042 after winding."




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