I can't stand the feel of stainless steel

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by godspeed68, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. Stainless Steel

    62 vote(s)
  2. Nickel

    71 vote(s)
  3. Other (specify in thread)

    14 vote(s)
  1. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i like music. a lot. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
  2. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I once tried stainless steel strings on one of my guitars, and hated the feel, so they didn't stay on very long.
    But tried them on my short scale bass--and they sounded and felt great.
    If I find them again for short scale basses I will buy them.
  3. bThumper38

    bThumper38 brian ebert Supporting Member

    Agreed 100%, Nickels, or Gold Maxima's for me,
  4. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    Endorsing Artist: Dark Horse strings
    Nickel rounds, stainless flats.
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  6. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I like them. I also like flats. Maybe I'm just not picky.
  8. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    I can get used to any. If I use SS for a while, it becomes the new normal. If I use nickel for awhile and then move to SS, it feels rough for a couple days. I choose strings based largely on tone, whether its any rounds or flats.
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  9. mmbongo

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

    I don't always use steels, but when I do I use DR Dragon Skins...because they don't feel like steels.

    Actually I lied. I use steels every day because I have 3 basses that wear nothing but Dragon Skins :)
    Linnin likes this.
  10. Tomorrow


    Jun 7, 2013
    Cobalts for me. They're expensive, but I love 'em.
  11. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Some steels are easier on the fingers than others. Labella hard rockin. Right now I'm using Dean Markley SR2000's which are great. Very soft.
  12. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    playing bass since 2005
    depends which make you're getting
  13. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    I've used nothing but steel roto 66s the past couple years. They don't feel rough at all to me. But that also lets know how big the callouses on my fingers are.
  14. I like rotosounds too, not just the tone but the rough texture helps your fingers grip the string when your hands get sweaty on stage!
  15. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    An often overlooked SS string is the Labella Deep Talkin rounds. They feel almost nothing like SS...much closer to nickel actually. The sound is also much warmer than just about any other SS set I've tried. Basically they have all of the positive aspects of SS, minus the rough feel. They are also very unique in their construction, using multiple wraps around a smaller core wire. The feel is amazing with the perfect amount of flex...not floppy at all but not to stiff either. I'd recommend them for players that like to have rounds with low action with minimal fret buzz. I'm a nickel guy all the way, but if I had a third P bass, it would be wearing these without question.
  16. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I like stainless and nickel but I prefer SS tone on the majority of my basses.
  17. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    playing bass since 2005
    lo riders are a comfy ss string, and sound really beefy and not overly bright for ss
  18. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I prefer nickel, for feel and sound, but have no problem with other materials.
    There's nickel, steel, phosphor-bronze and nylon-wrapped strings on my basses.
  19. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Absolutely hate steel, it shreds my fingers. Nickel is so comfy in comparison.
    I really like the nickel steel mix you find on Circle K strings.
  20. CraigTB

    CraigTB Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    Don't like steel, like nickel. Since I love the feel of tapewounds, I put on DR black beauties the other day to see if the coating gave at all the same sort of feel.

    They kind of do, and I like the strings quite a bit. Only problem now is they made my bass buzzy, since my pole pieces aren't grounded, and touching the strings no longer grounds me. Argghhh it's always something....
  21. Turkeypills

    Turkeypills Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    St. Louis

    I use stainless exclusively because I hate the smooth almost "sticky" feel of nickels and they make my fingers smell bad.

    Also I think nickels sound best right out of the box, but I have yet to experience a set of nickels that didn't sound like crap one WEEK out of the box. Steels are a little harsh to me when fresh, but broken in steels are where its at.