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Nickel or Stainless

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by markman, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. markman


    Dec 19, 2003
    How can I tell if the roundwounds on my bass are nickel or staniless?
  2. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    Nickel, or more commonly nickelplated steel, has a very shiny silver appearance. It is usually smoother feeiling and sounding than stainless steel. Stainless steel is a darker gray color. It is rougher in feel and sound (more high end response) and IMO lasts longer overall than nickel/nickelplated strings.
  3. Isn't it the opposite in color? You are right on with everything else, but I'm positive that steels are the bright, shiny metalic ones and nickels are dark grey.
  4. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    Nope. Stainless steel is the darker gray metal.
  5. relayer66


    Oct 10, 2002
    Zushi, Japan
    SS is darker and rougher feeling.
  6. Ok then, I'm convinced, but that must've meant that the round-wounds that I got with my current bass must have been really old. Or they could have been ever older steels that completely lost all brightness, but I doubt it because it had great intonation still. I dunno.