Nickel question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Dan1099, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    I while ago, i threw a set of D'Addario XLs on my bass, and, while I liked the tone, they were turning my fingers black from playing them. Any idea why they were doing that? Are all nickels this way, or just the XLs? Or was it just a fluke?
  2. WesW

    WesW <>< Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2002
    St Joe Beach, FL
    I've had that happen with a couple different kinds of nickel strings. :)
  3. I've had this too, with flats.

    Give it some time to wear in/off before making a decision to off the strings.

    I wipe my strings (TI Flats) down after each gig, and have used alcohol butt wipes on them occasionally to get the finger oil off the exterior.
  4. bluemonk


    Dec 17, 2002
    This often happens with a new set of nickel flats. Rub them down with a soft cloth (even before you put them on and then after, too). It doesn't take long to wear off.