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DR Strings Acoustic Guitar - Sunbeam Custom Light, .011-.050, RCA-11

DR Strings Acoustic Guitar - Sunbeam Custom Light, .011-.050, RCA-11
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By Richard R.
DR Sunbeams 11-50
January 9, 2018
This is the 4th set of strings That are being auditioned on my Taylor 12 Fret 812 DLX. So far, these are my favorite. They are comfortable and satisfying to hear acoustically, They have the robust tone and responsiveness of the Elixir 13-53 HD that are recommended by Taylor, but without so much of the tension. I can dig in and get a linear change in volume unlike with some of the other lighter gauged strings. They are somewhat smoother feeling with less finger noise than other round wounds. You can retain the airy highs translating less of the HF noise when amplified either mic'd or using a pickup. I like them a lot. Six more sets to try; so many strings, so little time.
By Kevin P.
DR Sunbeams
September 10, 2013
These are really very good strings. Admittedly there are some top quality sounding strings available today, but it depends what you are looking for. These provide low tension, great sustain, wonderful depth and acoustic brilliance. If this is what you need, then these supply exactly that. I look for low tension strings that are comparable for finger style work; these among others do the job admirably. These are "Round Wound" so do read the fitting instructions.
By stevenc
DR Sunbeam strings
November 25, 2012
Best strings ever on my Martin 018 -even better than the DR Rare strings. Richer, deeper, fuller, louder, not at all tinny. And soft feeling. Make a little guitar big!
By Andy
October 20, 2011
I LOVE those Sunbeams. I've been playing for 43 years and I've tried DOZENS of different strings. I regularly use DR Rare on my Breedlove, but these were my first Sunbeams. WOW! Those are really great strings. Seriously...very even tone across the strings, bright and clear w/o being "jangly", GREAT sustain, good feel. They get and stay in tune easily. Will be curious to see how long they sound fresh. I'll be buying MORE of those.
By freebebop
November 17, 2009
With these strings, I fall in love again with my Santa Cruz OM - a lot more playability and a sweet sound (far better than elixir nano!).






1st E

Plain Steel  



2nd B

Plain Steel  



3rd G

Phosphor Bronze



4th D

Phosphor Bronze



5th A

Phosphor Bronze



6th E

Phosphor Bronze





" ' SUNBEAM' phosphor bronze strings are handwound upon round cores which give a terrific result… wonderful sustain…remarkable sustain. The tone does not seem to decay as do other phosphor bronze strings, which we think of as decaying in a curve. The 'SUNBEAM' phosphors seem to sustain in a straight line, until the sound 'falls off.' The 'SUNBEAM' phosphors are also musically bright, and rich sounding. Additionally, they are very flexible… more so than any other string we have played.

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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