nickle vs stainless

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by yor123, Sep 13, 2001.

  1. yor123

    yor123 Guest

    Mar 29, 2001
    New Orleans
    I have never tried stainless strings. Guess I am wary of the "rough" feel that they are described to have. Only have played nickel round wounds-Fender Superbass 45-110 taperwounds on a MIA Jazz. I like the tension of these but hate the way they interact with the frets when I play un-amped. I find them "harsh"-kinda like two hard metals clanking together. I was wondering if stainless strings were "softer" against the fret than nickel? Maybe coated strings like Elixir would be better? I like to slap, so flats are not an option. Any suggestions?

    Not to sound ungrateful, but before someone responds with " its your technique" or "you action is too low" or "your neck is too flat"-I am not referring to fret buzz or string banging. I can control the string noise with proper muting and a light touch. The "harsh" sound that I am referring to is unmutable. I have even stuffed a towel under the strings at the nut or the bridge to fully mute them and I still can get this metallic sound. It must be related to the properties of the metals. If you took two lead pipes and banged them together you would expect a different sound than if you banged two brass or cast iron ones. Understand?
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Stainless steel is harder, so you may get a "harder" sound. Nickels are reputed to be "warmer", but different brands and types sound different.

    This is probably not too helpful, but I'm not sure what sound you have that you don't like, or what sound you're looking for.
  3. seamus

    seamus Guest

    Feb 8, 2001
    I only play stainless myself, but the metallic sound you describe would be more emphasized with stainless strings than if you used nickel. Maybe the coated Elixirs you mentioned would be worth a try.
  4. yor123

    yor123 Guest

    Mar 29, 2001
    New Orleans
    Thanks for the thoughts. I think I am either going to try elixirs or add a fretless to my gear. You know, get rid of the frets and and noise goes with them.
  5. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    If stuffing a towel under the strings even occurred to you, you may seriously be a candidate for ..... (ominous orchestral accent)..


    (thunder, lightning, woman screans)

    Of course, I happen to love the other two options mentioned -- fretless and Elixirs (I use them BOTH) -- and I highly recommend you do those things TOO. But try the flats on your fretted.