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DR Strings Electric Bass - Sunbeams™ Nickel Plated on Round Cores Medium, .045-.105, NMR-45

DR Strings Electric Bass - Sunbeams™ Nickel Plated on Round Cores Medium, .045-.105, NMR-45
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By darnellbass
Feel great, bad mids.
December 8, 2019
Great on a Precision or neck p.u. Not a Jazz bass string where you want an articulate sound. Mids are 'scooped'. Feel super nice though.
ProsFeel Tension is a bit lower
ConsMids suck. Inflated sound.
By Bob
DR Sunbeams
March 18, 2017
I put these on a Fender Tony Franklin fretless bass after taking off some flatwounds that I had put on. I like flatwounds on my fretted P bass but they were too stiff and restrictive on my fretless. These feel and sound just like the strings that came on the bass when new and really make this bass come alive. For some reason they buzz much less than the flatwounds did on the fretless which is kind of odd to me, but hey I'll take it. To sum up I highly recommend these if you're a fretless player looking for some good sounding round wounds that won't eat up your neck.
By Craig
DR Sunbeams
September 1, 2011
DR offers great string all the time, after playing the Fats, Hi's i decided to give the Sun Beams a try, by far the best sounding and feeling strings I've ever played, i only play and trust DR.
By Android E.
In tune and flexible!
February 26, 2011
These don't sound all that different than a standard nickel roundwound. Which is great, I like nickel roundwounds. Where they shine is in a lack of inharmonicity - that is, out-of-tune-ness on the thick strings up the neck. I think this is due to the round core, which makes the string less stiff as well. If you are a four string player and like to use the E string up the neck, especially on fretless where you are dialed into intonation, the lack of inharmonicity is golden. Plus, who wouldn't want a more flexible string? They also have less buzz on a fretless neck, which annoys me on hex core strings.
By Trab S.
Not as good as Hi-Beams
June 9, 2010
Well these actually slightly disappointed me. I really liked them once strung up but after 7 songs in a live set they lost their crispness. They now have a smooth mellow tone but for the value I would have been just as happy with a set of Boomers. I have a set of Hi Beams on a 5 string and those strings are awesome. I won't knock DR but I wasn't completely happy with the Sunbeams for the money. If you like a smooth tone without a lot of brightness, but still clear mids, these might work for you.
By Mike F.
April 6, 2010
Great strings. Recomended by one of your
By Gary
Bass Strings
April 2, 2010
I was told by DR that I could use these strings on a fretless bass even though they are round wound. I didn't like the intonation on the bass with the strings even though the setup was perfectly tuned (harmonics). I switched the strings to my fretted bass and they absolutely sing. I've used other DR strings and after years of using all other strings, I exclusively use DR strings. One star taken away for these strings for not being bass friendly on my fretless.
January 17, 2010
Using them on my Fender American Jazz Deluxe Basses. I love these strings! I was a roundwound player that switched to flatwounds for their more mellow vintage sound. ( play classic rock). Flatwounds are, of course, stiff and can be dead sounding. I tried these and dig them. They are flexible and allow all sorts of gymnastics and have good sustain, but are not overly bright and ringy.
January 2, 2010
The Sunbeams sounded great on fretless bass as reported, but don't last. The initial high output and detail in the sonic spectrum dies after about four plays on them. Pity because they feel great- very flexible. On my vintage jazz bass, they sounded too quiet.
By freebebop
November 17, 2009
Definitely great ! ( on a Buzz Pedulla)






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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