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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HMZ, Jan 5, 2004.
What do you prefer nickel or stainless round wound strings.
I'm mostly a nickel guy, but I recently had a bass that sounded best with LaBella Hard Rockin' Steels. On my P-bass, nickels sound very good; warm and thumpy.
Nickels never seem to do it for me, so I keep using stainless steels (Pyramid Pyrasound .035-.095). Yummy tone.
I only use nickel. SS is too bright and zingy for me.
I definitely prefer the feel of nickels, although I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard getting used to steels if I made the effort. Haven't found a reason to change yet.
I like the sound of steel but I like the feel of nickel. Easer on the fingers too.
I need angry stainless steel strings.
What HMZ said!
nickels feel smooth and silky under the finger tips, and dont rip 'em up half as bad as steel strings do.
tonally, i prefer the smoother sweeter tone of the nickels. but it should be a nice set of nickels. cant stand D'Addario. kinda too zingy. lots of high end if you like that in your sound.
i was a long time LaBella Slappers user, but recently really dug this new set of prototype Sadowsky nickel strings that Roger put on my reverse PJ bass. compared to most strings both steel and nickel, these Sadowsky nickels seem to have a cool lower mid grunt! really impressive. my new fav string. hopefully, he'll put them into production soon.
Cool Joker, thanks
That's what is being installed on my new PJ/4 soon to be done in March....
Nickel love the feel.
I can't stand stainless steel strings. It doesn't seem like the string material would make a huge difference in feel, so long as it's metal, but those stainless steels really tear up my fingers.
Nickel for me. Doesn't chew up your frets as fast as steel.
To me the sound was more important than my fingers. My fingers have adjusted and ss strings does not bother me one bit or eat the frets on my basses. Nickels to me have a nice range of sound but lack that bite that I soo love in the live mix. That's why I play DR lowriders. This is just me speaking and I spent a fortune on strings trying them out but to me they have all great features of nickel and low end, but have that bite. If I were to play nickels it would be D'addario Slowwounds hands down.
I have Warwick Red Label Stainless steels on my Godin. The tone is really nice. I havent had em long enough to comment on durability and lifespan though.
Which D'Addario's dont you like? I'm using Slowounds, which imo aren't bright at all. If anything they're the warmest nickel round I've found.
I've been using Stainless steels for quite some time now and I've been considering switching to nickels, mainly because of the "clackiness" that I'm getting now.
Is my assumpting that nickels will remedy this correct?
Not in my experience. Clackiness comes from right hand technique in my experience. I personally like both SS and Nickel, but prefer Stainless. They last long and have great clarity.
Exactly, nailed it man. I do use DR Nickel Lo RIders on my Fretless though.