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DR Strings Electric Bass - Sunbeams Nickel Plated on Round Cores Medium Lite, .045-.100, NMLR-45

DR Strings Electric Bass - Sunbeams Nickel Plated on Round Cores Medium Lite, .045-.100, NMLR-45
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By Jodie H.
DR Sunbeams
August 15, 2011
I like the long lasting nature of these strings. Of all the brands I've tried on my Fretless Bass I like the softer feel of the nickel as well as the tension. They don't eat up my finger board.
By justin f.
bass strings
March 12, 2011
The G string is bright sounding on my fretless without the wear and tear of steel.
By Don P.
Try them for yourself,.....
September 1, 2010
With three previous reviews logged I suspect I've said all that needs to be said about this particular string set. Only one additional commendation comes to mind.... they hold tuning very well. Using a strobe tuner and having set up the strings for intonation to an extremely accurate level, I find that they are needing almost no 'tweaking' or adjustments. Note that I don't use funk or slap bass technique, so I cannot comment on how they would perform under that style. I use finger picking or a hard plastic pick for strong attack on certain songs. The string tuning holds well.
By Don P.
Sunbeams - these are so worth the money
August 14, 2010
Looks like I need to find a new list of superlatives to apply to the Sunbeam strings. I specifically use the NMLR-45's on both my Schecter Diamond Elite-4 and Peavey Cirrus (vintage 1987). I am convinced beyond question that this is the ONLY string I'll continue to purchase and use on my two primary basses as I continue to perform and record. Even tone across the strings and frets, smooth but with a touch of 'growl' due, I suspect, to the round core and flex in the outer wrap. They hold tune, are NOT high tension (so they don't mess with your neck adjust), and ring true. Every once in awhile you find a product you like so much you're just committed to it...... that's the way I feel about these strings.
By Don P.
Consistency of performance
July 15, 2010
In the past months I've focused on the DR Sunbeam med-lite set and played these strings exclusively. Every set I've ordered, installed, and played has performed consistently well. Not so with some other brands over the years. I don't believe you can spend more and get a better-performing string. One thing to note....a player MUST crimp the strings before cutting to length as per the instructions printed inside the box. If you don't, you will definitely be unhappy with the results.
By Don P.
Product Review - Sunbeams - NMLR45
June 20, 2010
As a seasoned player over many decades I've had an opportunity to try quite a number of different string sets by various manufacturers. The current set of Sunbeams is as good, if not better in some ways, as any set I've ever used. I like their feel,...they don't put an extreme amount of tension on the neck so no adjustments needed,...and they ring/sustain very well. Based on price, quality of sound, and technical performance I have to rate these as 5 stars of 5.
By DaveY
Sunbeams? Nickel Plated on Round Cores Medium Lite, .045-.100, NMLR-45
June 2, 2010
Great strings overall. Much less aggressive than the Marcus Miller set I just had on my bass.
By Ray S.
DR Sunbeams
February 23, 2010
These really sound rich and full on my jazz bass. Great vintage sound with plenty of growl but it'll nail bright modern sounds as well. My new favorite.
dr sunbeams
October 10, 2009
My favorite string on the planet!such warm tone and ease of playing! The name says it all! SUN BEAMS!!!






1st G

Nickel Plated on Round Core



2nd D

Nickel Plated on Round Core



3rd A

Nickel Plated on Round Core



4th E

Nickel Plated on Round Core





"SUNBEAMS are another step forward on a continuing path for players who continually seek to upgrade their skills and tools to achieve greater musical satisfaction. SUNBEAMS are a step forward for the traditional player, as well as the advanced exponent of fretless bass, both of whom want brightness and warmth. SUNBEAMS feature the easily recognizable feel and flexibility of DR round core construction, with nickel warmth, softness of feel, and increased response to magnetic pickups due to the sensitive magnetic content (compared with stainless steel) of the nickel plated wrap wire. Tony Franklin says "SUNBEAMS amaze me… I love them on my fretless."

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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