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Long lasting nickels???

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Kenova, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Kenova


    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Do you know any?
  2. DR Sunbeams, I've had them on for at least 6 months now and I have NEVER had to boost the treble to compensate for "string death." Longest lasting nickels I've used yet.
  3. Love = Zon Ultrasonic Nickels
  4. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Sunbeams and Lo-Riders last for at least 6 months.
  5. Kenova


    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Thnx guys...
    Now I have GHS Boomers and they are ****!!! They lost their zing in less than a month!!!! I am very disapointed with them!!! :spit:
  6. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    lost the zing in less then a month? depend on how often do you play, but let assume you're weekend gig player, 4 shows and at least that many rehearsals makes a good score for nickels. plus, are they just lost "the zing" or are they dead? because, personally, I love them to loose the zing. GHS boomers nickels are nice one for me...but,yes you may like Sunbeams.:bassist:
  7. korybaugus


    Sep 27, 2009
    San Francisco
    TI Powerbass. They cost quite a bit, but last longer than any other nickel string I've found.
  8. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    My perspiration off my hands "eats" nickel. I even had to change out the nickel silver covers of a pair of Gibson humbuckers back to the chrome covers on a Les Paul I used to have. The only strings that have not deteriorated on me are GHS Progressives. They have a tad more iron in the mix, a great round tone with authority and presence, and are the only strings that will last more than one gig for me. I've used them on my Rickenbacker 4002 since the mid-90's, after trying just about every other conventional nickel plated string out there at the time.
  9. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    I've been pretty religious about cleaning my strings right after playing with a gadget called The String Cleaner, and find my nickels stay alive if not zinging much longer than they had in the past. FWIW the last couple of nickel sets I used were GHS Boomers and D'Addario XL's.
  10. Kenova


    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)

    Sorry I wanted to say that they are dead... few other people sugested me DR sunbeams too. I might try them! :bassist:
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    DR Sunbeams or Dunlops for sure.
  12. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    I used to use the Fender 8250 NPS strings with the taperwound E string, they seemed to last for a while. I've heard that Fender changed their strings recently so I don't know how the new 8250s measure up. Also, I clean my strings after each use by wiping them down, using fast fret, and wiping them down again.
  13. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    wow,.. are we supposed to clean our strings?!!! if i have to work that hard...
    i prefer my strings greasy. so much easier to play. i wipe brand new strings off before the R&R. then i rub the oil from my face on to both hands and... BAM!!!
    oh yeah,.. i use Roto nickels and they last as long as i want. 6 months to a year and i play everyday. gl.

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