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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by chris h, Jun 20, 2002.


  1. chris h

    chris h Guest

    Jun 16, 2002
    Oxford, England
    What string materiel do you prefer? Ive tried stainless and nickel roundwounds and think they both sound great but really cant decide which last longer.

    I play fingerstyle 50% of the time, slap pop and tap the rest, for about 2 hours a day. All types seem to last about a month!

    If I specify:
    DR HIGH BEAMS (STAINLESS) and
    DR LOW RIDERS (NICKEL)

    I would like to hear what you think of these two types (I specified just two for simplicity). Also what are your thoughts on gague? im using .035 .095 (4 string) Elites at the mo, and find smaller guage more 'pliable' and nicer to slap.

    Thankyou for your comments and help.
     
  2. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Nov 9, 2001
    California
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Stainless steel roundwounds are brutal on frets.

    End of story. Won't use them.
     
  3. Ditto. I like the sound of SS on my P-bass though, but never for my J.
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The fretwear of stainless steels is way overrated.

    I use stainless steels exclusively and do a lot of slapping.

    I bought my main bass used 10 years ago and had a fretjob after 6. The frets are still ok and a new fretjob can wait another couple of years.

    YMMV, of course, but the difference between stainless and nickels is not THAT huge.
    Most nickels are nickel-coated steels btw.