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Stainless Steel alloy has an inherent bright and cutting timbre to it. It gives a Bass String an unforgettable “stainless” tone. Something you need to play to really understand. Blue Steel Bass is a Stainless string. So if you’ve played them, you are close to knowing what Helix SS Bass would basically sound like.
However, Helix goes a few steps further in the patent pending way it is designed and constructed. Just like the NPS Helix Bass, Helix SS Bass features the Hyper Elliptical Windings (compressed from side to side), which gives Helix more Mass and Tone, as well as extended life. This Hyper Elliptical winding is what gives Helix its special feel—a more relaxed feel, with a lot less squeak and sliding noises than normal strings.
Give both Helix SS and NPS a workout and see which alloy is for you. You may end up using one Helix Bass string on one of your basses and the other on your other bass. Many players do that, to get the widest variation of tones possible for more freedom to have exactly what they want for a certain song. Try them. That is the real test. Enjoy!!
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