Bass players demand consistency, durability, and versatility from their strings. Dunlop delivers. Dunlop bass guitar strings offer traditionalists, slappers, and pick-wielding rockers cutting midrange, wide bottom end and a growl that will cut through any band. Carefully selected core-to-wrap ratios yield a low-tension steel string with an extremely long life, and minimal break-in time. Each set is exceptionally well balanced from string-to-string, and provides an amazing amount of dynamic range.
DBN2025 Medium w/.130
String gauges: 45-65-85-105-130
Warm and harmonically rich tone
Smooth tactile feel
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Hello my fellow bassists,In the late 80's when I first picked up my axe, I was complaining that we low enders didn't have enough options in terms of basses, amps, hardware, strings etc. Now, nearly a decade past the millennium, the pendulum has swung and we have soooooo many options that I often find myself with a headache from reading the endless number of articles and online posts. Discussing the infinite pairings and permutations concerning everything from wood choice to preamps.Amidst this plethora of choices, when one finds something they really dig, they should shout it from the mountaintop. Which is exactly what I'm going to about Dunlops new nickel plated bass strings. (5 string version 45-130) They have everything I'm looking for in a string and more. The first thing about them I really dig is the fact that they're nickel but they sound like steels. I can still get the growl and response I want without having to tear up my hands are my fretboard in the process. The tone is lovely, basically right out of the package as well, which is also rare for most strings. In my experience, most strings have a little "crispiness" that doesn't dissipate until after a couple of plays. Not the case with the Dunlops. The aforementioned growl and response are musical, not the harsh and brittle kind you can get with some strings. The musicality and beauty of these strings also lie in their versatility. My main gig is with a loud rock band (I'm competing with two Mesa Boogie 4x12's ) so I need a string that can cut, but we also have a number of tunes where it's about richness and a round bottom (isn't it always?) and the Dunlop Nickels deliver beautifully. I'm also playing a Spector Euro Neck Thru with the Tone Pump Preamp and EMG DC's. Anyone out there familiar with this Spector set up will know that a string that can help keep it under control, maintaining an even and well rounded sound is a keeper. It's taken me 20 years to find a string with these qualities and finally I'm home. I've been a DR guy for years and these are a tad better. Tonally, they both deliver, but the steel sound in a nickel package gives the Dunlops the edge. A final couple of facts that put put Dunlop Nickels ahead of DR and the rest of the string market deals with something of which we're all quite cognizant - economics. The price points for the Dunlops is phenomenal. Way more bang for the buck than the majority of its rivals. Also relating to dollars and sense is the fact that these strings are crazily long lasting. The science says it's due to the selected core to wrap ratios that produce this low tensions string. Whatever that means technically, to a layman such as myself, it translates into, "They last a helluva long time = longer life = more money in my pocket!" Not to mention the fact that I hate changing strings. Can any of y'all relate to that?Out of the box, I thought these strings would be good because Dunlop has always made quality products. A few tunes into my first show with them, I had changed my string allegiance. THAT, I was not expecting. It would be well worth it for all of you to at least give them a try. I think you'll be as pleased as I've been.
Dunlop Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings - Medium 5-String with 130