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Does anyone still make pure nickel rounds with silks?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Treadstone71, Feb 1, 2014.


  1. Treadstone71

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    Ok, I just brought home a new addition to the family, a 2008 Fender US Standard P that was lost and forgotten at the back of the racks at my local music shop.

    How neglected you say? Well, five years later it still has the original Fender strings with the grey silk ends. Yes, the old Fender strings that still had silks. The sales guy and I started talking, and yes, I know Fender now outsources through D'Addario, and neither still makes strings with silk ends. He became curious and started opening unsealed packs to see if anyone still makes rounds with silks. None we could find had any. None.

    So long story short, these rusty, ready-to-fail-on-me rounds have to come off, and I would love to get pure-nickel rounds with silk ends. Have you folks a source for ones you like?

    I'd like to put in the wrench-time with this fine lady, and I'd love to be able to put something similar to the Fender 7150s on it, but with silks.

    Thanks all in advance!
     
  2. Gorn Captain

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    I'm fairly sure dr hellborgs and the fenders are the only pure nickel rounds and neither have silks. I think daddario half rounds have a pure nickel wrap and I believe they have silks.
     
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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  4. Treadstone71

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    Thank you both...I've never dealt with BassStringsOnline, but I've read good stuff here.

    I'll give Jason a holler.
     
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  6. eddiemac

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    Aren't GHS Bass Boomers nickel and wrapped in red silk?
     
  7. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Those are nickel plated steels. The OP wants pure nickel.
     
  8. eddiemac

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  9. TrevorOfDoom

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    Thomastick SuperAlloys.
    Nickel wrap on a nickel core, red silk ends.

    Done.
     
  10. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky Nickels have blue silk ends.
     
  11. Gorn Captain

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    I don't think either of these are pure nickel.
     
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Pure Nickel with Silk Ends?

    Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Rounds (Green Silk)

    Thats really it for "Pure Nickel" with Silk.

    Fender Pure Nickel = No Silks
    DR Hellborg = No Silk (no windings around the tuning posts either ha!

    Pure nickel is expensive. For a while the amount of nickel in a "$0.05" Nickel was actually worth $0.12!.

    Now if you went with Nickel Iron alloy you can get silk.
     
  13. TrevorOfDoom

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    The SuperAlloy is a nickel alloy wrap on a nickel alloy core. All the others mentioned have steel cores.
    Fender pure Nickel: steel core
    DR Hellborgs: steel core
    Thomastik Jazz Rounds: steel core

    The closest OP can get to pure nickel is the SuperAlloys.
     
  14. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

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    Rather, let me take that back:
    For nickel wrap on nickel core, it's the SuperAlloys or nothing.
    For nickel wrap on steel core, there are a few more options.
     
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    None of them have silks though.
     
  16. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Sorry but pretty much all bass strings are going to have some kind of steel core. T-I Super Alloy's have a hex steel core.

    Nickel is not responsive to magnets, and way to soft to use as a core wire.
     
  17. Treadstone71

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    Wow, thank you for all the replies.

    Sorry, for clarity, I really like the vintage tone of the Fender "pure nickel" 7150s...if I could get that sound in a nickel wrap (with silks) I'd definitely pick up a pack to try.

    Eddie - I've had boomers before, and they're a bit too bright for me.

    Trevor, thank you. If the TI Superalloys have silks I'll pick up a pack.

    I might even pick up a set of the Sadowskys if I could find them.
     
  18. Gorn Captain

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  19. Treadstone71

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    Well, that's another reason to order through Jason. Thanks!
     
  20. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Sadowskys are waaaaaaaaay brighter than Boomers though. Im not sure of a roundwound less bright than Boomers.
     
  21. maturanesa

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    this sets have yellow silk

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