Dean Markley spec mess
Can somebody give an update on the base specs on Dean Markley strings?
They have a set named "roundcore" which obviously is round core, and probably nickel plated steel (nps).
Then there is "super round" which according to BSO are round core and stainless steel (ss).
They have the "blue steel" (cyro treated) in both ss and nps, presumably with a hex core?
The "nickelsteel" (on guitar my favorites except for the gauge choices) and obviously nps and presumably hex core?
There there is "helix" (their twisted thing) in both nps and ss, is that hex core?
Finally the SR2000s which are tapered at the bridge and sound-wise obviously SS.
Or as a table:
I really don't like these puzzles. One of the strongest reasons why I often end up with DR is that they clearly state what you get. (except DR has messy naming)
You're correct on the round-cores, also, NPS are round-core,
and Helix are hex-core, side-to-side compression wound.
Don't know about the others.
Everything hex except for the nps round core.
Super rounds are discontinued
On their site they have some incorrect gauges for what is actually in the sets. Specifically on the helix light sets
Beams = round core.
Riders = hex core.
ExtraLife= round core.
Can't get much simpler :)
Pretty much everyone just makes hex core...
DR - Hi-Beams / SunBeams / NEON and Extra Life
Dean Markley NPS Round Core
Fodera Stainless Steel or Nickel
__ _____ = New set coming soon
Thomastik-Infeld = Jazz Flats / Jazz Rounds
For hex cores they use the same name for ss and nps, lo-riders. You can see people on this very forum mix them up all the time, but of course there is a large difference.
Besides, there really is nothing "lo" about strings that have a hex core and SS windings.
They are called Lo Riders because you can lower them way down on the fretboard without buzzing...like a Low Rider on the road! This is because of the hex core, which all 'Riders' have.
Yeah perhaps it could be simpler :)
I want to slap somebody in there silly :)
Did anybody try the Nickelsteel?
As mentioned in the other thread, I think I won't explore regular nickel plated steel wound strings anymore. However, I wonder whether Dean Markley's Nickelsteel are really just vanilla nps-on-hex or something special?
I'd like to try them because Mike Mills is said to use them, but if they sound just like all the other nps-on-hex there is no point.
Believe it or not the nickel steels are on their best seller lists. I don't sell that many of them but over the last few days some have been selling.
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