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Anyone tried Dean Markley Helix HD Nikki Sixx SS strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by IGotGas, Nov 19, 2013.


  1. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    I hate changing strings on my go to basses!

    I have an Ibanez SR 900 that absolutely kills it as a rock bass! If I have to play anything heavy from the 70's, this bass just has it. I bought it used for my son a little over a year ago. Used clearance at GC here in Baton Rouge for $174.00. It has what appears to be a cigaret burn between the pickups, the pots feel like someone might have spilled some maple syrup on them at some point, the strings awe well worn, but man she just has it! Oh how I wish she were a five string!

    Anyway, I broke the D string last week while playing live. I've no idea what she's strung with (probably Elixers like many other Ibby's), so I'm thinking about what to grace her neck with. I tend to over think / complicate / never leave well enough alone when it comes toner stringing my basses. I was just perusing Bass Strings Online, reading about different strings. I found these:

    http://www.bassstringsonline.com/De...s-Steel-Bass-Strings--4-String-Set_p_987.html

    I know there tends to be a lot of snake oil hype in string advertising, but the description of the string fits what I'm looking for (a round wound that doesn't make so much noise from my fretting hand [I know, I know...technique]). I'm sorta hoping these will be rounds that sound a little more broken in when new. Any experience with these strings??
     
  2. christle

    christle Supporting Member

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    I use the SS 5-string set on my SR1205e and they sound great. The band loves that bass since I put those strings on. To me they feel and sound much better than Elixirs. I am going to put a set on my SR505.
     
  3. Tunaman

    Tunaman Supporting Member

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    I used the Helix SS strings... freaking awesome. Need a neck thru or 35" scale for the low B though, Doesnt fit too well on my EBMMs
     
  4. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    From what I've read they definitely sound like what I'm looking for. I want a bit lower tonality with WAY less finger noise.
     
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  6. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!! Supporting Member

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    I have looked into these strings as well, not so much the signature set, but Helix's in general. What I have gleaned is that they appear to be a pressurewound string, like what a few other manufacturers have, GHS comes to mind. I am warming up to using a pressurewound that are just stainless steel (no nickel). I was wondering if I am correct in attributing "pressurewound" to these strings? I reckon that for the price, they should be worth a shot. BSO has them for about $20 bucks for a 4-set...why not?


    FWIW, I still like my existing set of flats :bag:
     
  7. JustForSport

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    From what I've gathered, these are pressure-wound for side to side, like Fodera's (makes the outer windings closer together, as in more per linear inch).
    GHS are pressure-wound from 'outside to inside', equaling less wraps per linear inch, but a smoother surface on the outside.
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  8. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

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    Fodera nickel strings.....sound broken in pretty quick and no finger noise at all for rounds. warm full sound but still kinda bright....great strings.
     
  9. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    I'm going to buy some of those too then!
     
  10. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    Our Pressurewounds have the wrap wire run through a set of rollers (also called "rollerwound") as it's being wound. That "may" give you slightly less wraps per linear inch (since the wrap wire is essentially an oval shape), but it's so slight that the difference in tension and feel is minimal compared to a roundwound string made with the same materials.

    But yes, the rollerwound process results in a smoother feel on the fingers.
     
  11. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    Will that process, at least on theory, reduce fretting hand noise?
     
  12. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    Yes. Because your fingers are running/sliding across a smoother surface with less defined ridges, there will be less finger noise. Not as much as a flatwound, but less than a round.
     
  13. grendle

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    I just got a set a few weeks ago. Their a less aggressive blue steel set IMO. Smoother feel, and just a little less zing. I like em so far and I'm a blue steel / roto guy. I'm digging the nikki set as well for the gauge. The 110 is about perfect for me in dropped c#.
     
  14. Toptube

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    Bluesteels on my Jaguar sounded noticeably more scooped to me, than these do. Although the helix are very rich in mid and low mid, so it could just be that the Bluesteels were even rather than scooped. It's honestly been awhile since I've had blue steels on the Jaguar.
     
  15. grendle

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    I would agree with that. The Nikki's are more balanced than blues. Their not as mid present as cobalts, but defiantly more even than blues. I like em so far
     
  16. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    I'm going to buy both the Ghs pressurewounds and the Nikki's and run them on my tour basses for the spring.
     
  17. Jon Moody

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    Tonewise, I find our Pressurewounds new to sound like a worn-in set of nickels, due to the nickel-iron wraps used. Once they break it, the tone doesn't change a whole lot at all.

    This should give you a good idea, allowing you to A/B the new/worn in sound.

    GHS Strings - Pressurewounds Demo
     
  18. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    Wow!! This really nails it for me!! Thanks so much for doing all of this!!
     

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