DR Strings BKB-45 Black Beauties Coated Steel Medium Bass Strings

.045-.105 Bass Strings, Extra-Life Black Beauties with Thin Black Coating - Medium (45, 65, 85, 105)
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Coated Bass Strings For Extended Life!

Since 1989, DR has been committed to crafting hand made, superb-quality instrument strings. By blending the best of old-fashioned handmade craftsmanship with cutting edge materials or string coatings, DR continues to push the boundaries of the string-making process. That commitment to quality is what has brought countless top-flight bassists and guitarists to string-up with DRs — from U2's Adam Clayton to Phish's Trey Anastasio and everywhere outside and in between. For reliable tone — acoustic or electric — you can rely on the handcrafted strings from DR.

With the DR Extra-Life Black Beauties bass strings, you'll snag the signature crisp tone, clarity, and volume of DR's traditional handmade strings. Yet, you'll get the added bonus of DR's super-thin coating on the plain strings and on the wrap wire, which extends the life of your favorite strings. And, just as the name suggests, DR's Extra-Life Black Beauties sport a stealth-style black coating.

DR Extra-Life Black Beauties Bass Strings Features at a Glance:
  • Medium gauge
  • .045, .065, .085, .105
  • Hand-made with black polymer coat
For super-sleek strings with a crisp and expressive tone, check out DR Extra-Life Black Beauties bass strings!

Tech Specs

Guitar Type 4-string Long-scale Bass
Number of Sets 1
Coated Yes (K3 Coating)
Gauges .045, .065, .085, .105
Winding Type Round Wound
Core Material Steel
Winding Material Coated Steel (Black)
Manufacturer Part Number BKB-45

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New Favorite Strings for bass

Asked Sean for Elixers on a new Jazz Bass last year. They were out so He recommended the Black Beauties and I said go ahead. Best decision I ever made. Have played Elixers for ever it seems but these are punchier and seem "tighter" for longer than the Elixers were. They also look amazing on my bass. DR all the way now.Might sound vain but just chose a new acoustic base based on which would look best with Black Beauties :)

Punchy, Cool Looking

This was my first foray into the world of coated strings for bass. For my P bass, I was going to go with Elixers, which I know are great, but I figured I'd take a crack at these since they were like $10.00 cheaper. Good move. They have great punch through my Little Mark II head (with Epifani 2x10 cabinet). Strong bottom end, made even strong when I play through my Aphex Exciter/Big Bottom. We'll see how they last, but boy, my first impression was so good that I bought a set for my Jazz, too.


Great strings, and they look great too on my new Blacktop P bass! They're like butter across your fingers or pick and may have opened me up to roundwound strings as previously I swore by flatwound.If you're in my previous position where you're not a fan of roundwound or have no interest in them, I highly recommend giving these a try before you stick to heavily to that idea, as these strings are just a delight to play.
Music background: Performing Musician.
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