Wednesday, 10 March 2010
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I currently use DR Black Beauties on my Peavey bass. I'm about to purchase a used AB1 5-string with a natural finish and black hardware, and I'd love to put black strings on it also. Since I've never had a Dingwall, I'm not sure what kinds of limitations the fanned fret design imposes on string choice. Would the Black Beauties work? Or are there other alternatives that come in black that would work better? Any insight would be appreciated...
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[quote="DaveC":9gxa47vu]I currently use DR Black Beauties on my Peavey bass. I'm about to purchase a used AB1 5-string with a natural finish and black hardware, and I'd love to put black strings on it also. Since I've never had a Dingwall, I'm not sure what kinds of limitations the fanned fret design imposes on string choice. Would the Black Beauties work? Or are there other alternatives that come in black that would work better? Any insight would be appreciated...[/quote:9gxa47vu] Not sure if you like tapewounds but La Bella has agreed to make some Tapewound proto's that should be ready soon.
12 years ago
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No other options for black strings on my AB1?
11 years ago
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Anyone aware of any options for black strings for my AB1 besides the tapewounds referred to above?
11 years ago
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We're considering doing a run of coated strings in black.
11 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1kjs98cz]We're considering doing a run of coated strings in black.[/quote:1kjs98cz] Great news! Please keep me informed...
11 years ago
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Sign me up!
11 years ago
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[quote="Tyler":whxvjhkk]Sign me up![/quote:whxvjhkk] Me as well, I'll take four sets right away.
11 years ago
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ME TOO!
11 years ago
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11 years ago
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I have 1 set of DR black beauties 5 strings, the length of the set does not fit the Combustion, So If Dingwall decided to make a black coated strings, I will try it for sure!
11 years ago
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Has anyone noticed increased electrical noise when using coated strings? The coatings are an insulator meaning you are no longer grounding your strings.
11 years ago
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Not such problem to report, Sheldon, the Ernie Ball bass coated strings I tried didn't have any issue with grounding noise however I have never bought them again because I personally hated how they felt under the fingers, they were too coarse and lacked real feel of normal strings. I am willing to try your own but I am not holding my breath because it appears coated strings are not for me.
11 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3led0yk5]Has anyone noticed increased electrical noise when using coated strings? The coatings are an insulator meaning you are no longer grounding your strings.[/quote:3led0yk5] I had a Peavey Grind 4 w/DR Blacks on it. I never noticed any noise. Re:[quote="Grand Wazoo":3led0yk5]however I have never bought them again because I personally hated how they felt under the fingers, they were too coarse and lacked real feel of normal strings. [/quote:3led0yk5] I have to agree I prefer the feel of the steel (or the nickle). I LOVED the look, but personally felt a little "detached" when I played that bass.
11 years ago
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I have no idea if this would work for strings or have any impact on tone etc. Has anyone ever thought of gun bluing on steel strings? [url:31wu69wb]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluing_(steel)[/url:31wu69wb]
11 years ago
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Huh, I never thought about that. Your talking about that cold blue stuff? I don't know about that, but I know stainless doesn't take to hot blueing very well at all. That might be a problem, but an interesting experiment with my old strings. 8) Next time I'm in Wholesale Sports, I'll pick some up and see how it works, and will write an in-depth thread on it.
11 years ago
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Bluing is a controlled rusting process. We use it on some parts in the shop. I have vague memories of trying it on stainless and it not working.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":35ggxbh5]We're considering doing a run of coated strings in black.[/quote:35ggxbh5] I would definitely get some sets of these strings.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1px6mbr1]Has anyone noticed increased electrical noise when using coated strings? The coatings are an insulator meaning you are no longer grounding your strings.[/quote:1px6mbr1] I've used the DR Black Beauties and Black Diamond coated strings on multiple basses. I didn't notice electrical noise with either set. I thought the Black Diamonds felt the best. They felt like real strings and had a great tone to them. I thought the DRs were good, but not as good as the Black Diamonds. You should get a set of the Black Diamonds and try them out for yourself. If you make some Dingwall Black coated strings, I'll definitely buy a few sets.
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We have sample sets enroute to us now. The coating does act as an insulator so the strings will no longer be grounded via your fingers. This will affect some basses more than others depending on the vintage and style of shielding. This can be tested ahead of time by listening to the background noise when you're touching the strings and when you're not.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":32sian4r]We have sample sets enroute to us now. The coating does act as an insulator so the strings will no longer be grounded via your fingers. This will affect some basses more than others depending on the vintage and style of shielding. This can be tested ahead of time by listening to the background noise when you're touching the strings and when you're not.[/quote:32sian4r] I have a couple of basses strung up with some black coated strings. I'll try this the next time I get a chance and see what the result is. Good tip!
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