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DR Strings Bass Long Necks Tapered Stainless Steel Hex Core Compression Wound, .045 - .125, TMH5-45

DR Strings Bass Long Necks Tapered Stainless Steel Hex Core Compression Wound, .045 - .125, TMH5-45
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By TobiVI
Buffalo, NY
Great tone and feel .. but not for everybody.
June 21, 2022
I play Warwicks, Zons, Tobias, and Laklands, all 5 strings. I like taper-core strings with relatively high tension. I used to use Dean Markley SR steels on the Tobias basses (recommeded to me by Jimmy Haslip), which were amazing strings but I got too many dead and/r loose-wrap strings so I changed to Pedulla steels, which are even better. I use Pedulla steels (45-128, out of production but I bought out all they had before they closed) on the Warwicks and Tobias, TI flats on the Zon and Sadowski Black Label (45-130) on the Laklands. Each set up perfectly and sound fantastic on their respective basses but each have a very specific voice ... which means I need to bring multiple basses to gigs to cover the complete setlist well. I want to go down to one that would cover 90% of the tones I needed.

I tried a set of Long Necks (45-130) on a Warwick Streamer LX. I was really surprised how good they sounded right out of the box with the EQ flat. A little more fat bottom than the Pedullas without being flabby and just a little less zing than most steel strings. I throttled back the high end EQ and got damn close to the R&B tone I need, and could also get the original Warwick tone for the DMB and other modern bass tunes tunes by putting high back in. The B string is very growly and tight but also has a lot of classic rock thump without getting flabby if I add a little low end on the bass EQ. The focus and clarity of fundamentals are great, and the notes are very even and 'bass sounding' across all strings, including the 1st string, which most sets do not give me. I see the 130 gauge string is out of production, and the sets now include a 125 instead. I still have 3 sets of TMH5-130, so I have not tried the 125 string to see if it affects some of the low-end punch I have with the 130.

Now, for the cons .... the strings are very tight and have higher tension than even the Sadowski Blacks, which took some getting use to. But the end result is much better string response on slapping and fast staccato passages. You can also drop your action a bit, if that's your goal, without fret rattle because of the extra tension. Sound wise, they come really close to a classic R&B and disco tone with the treble rolled almost completely off even on a maple/bubinga/wenge Warwick, but if you dig in they can still become quite detailed on the high end even with the treble rolled down. Good for versatility if you can control your right hand technique. With the treble dialed up, they can get really bright especially if you have horn tweeters in your bass cabs. Not as bright as High Beams or Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Brights, but pretty damn bright! Use the highs sparingly! So if you like the 3-year-old LaBella or Roto sound, these are not the strings for you!

Hope this helps! :-)
  • - Great clarity and focused fundamentals
  • - Even string-to-string tone and volume
  • - Smoother feel than most steel strings
  • - Excellent articulation
  • - Seem to sound new longer than other steel strings I have used
  • - Higher tension than most other steel strings
  • - High end can get very bright
  • - No silk wrap to help protect tuning pegs
By 5string
Tucson AZ
Long lasting
November 2, 2021
These bass strings are well balanced and long lasting.
  • Keeps that new string sound for a long time.
  • Pricey and hard on frets.
By Tommy
Los Angeles
Do Not Buy
October 26, 2021
These are some of the worst strings I have ever purchased, and they were not cheap. They do not stay in tune, and the definition you'd think you would get with a tapered string is terrible. I have used other DR strings, and they were ok, but these are bad strings
I used these on a Marleaux Constant Custom Bass.
  • None
  • Will not stay in tune, and. no definition in the lower notes on the E, and B string
By KenK
Nice strings!
February 8, 2017
I've been trying out new strings again to fit a 35" Lakland strung through the body (specifically a 55-01 or 55-02, but generally includes 55-14, 55-94, 55-60, 55-64, and anything with their 22-fret 5 string neck). These fit perfectly over the bridge saddles and the nut, not too long and not too short. The A, E, and B strings are all tapered. The lower strings have a lot of definition and the tone is well matched with the D and G (that are not tapered). Feel is great, just like all DR products. Only wish they were round core, but they don't sound like a hex core. I've used DR strings for many years on my 4 stringers (Sunbeams, Legend Flats, High Beams, more recently Pure Blues). I think I've found a new favorite for my 5-string Laklands.
By DaveY
DR Long Necks TMH5-45
April 10, 2010
Using these strings on an American Standard Jazz Bass V. I really like the tapered design, especially on the low B which helps with the note definition. Low end is beefy, and the top end is very smooth, not harsh at all. If you're looking for an aggressive sound, these are not the strings for you. Even though they are stainless steel, they are much more laid back in sound than most SS strings.

These strings fit well with the Fender through-body bridges that are on the U.S. instruments.






1st G

Stainless Steel Taper Core



2nd D

Stainless Steel Taper Core



3rd A

Stainless Steel Taper Core



4th E

Stainless Steel Taper Core



5th B

Stainless Steel Taper Core




Hi-Beam Taper-Core

"Contemporary bass players, as well as bass makers, who demand a taper core string to enable modern bass playing techniques, will be delighted by the superior performance Hi-Beam taper core bass strings deliver. Today's 4, 5, and 6 string bass players searching for increased stability in the lower registers will find great clarity and definition with DR's tapered bass strings. DR taper-cores use a single wrap around the core as the narrow winding passes over the bridge.

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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