Please tell me how D'Addario nickel wound strings sound

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jibreel, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. jibreel


    Apr 12, 2005
    I bought some new D'Addario nickel wound strings mistakenly thinking they were flats.

    Before I open the package, can anyone tell me how they sound.

    My recent experience with strings is as follows:

    My basses have TI acousticores which are rounds and LaBella black nylon flats. My tacoma ABG has elixirs.

    I have tried TI jazz rounds, TI flats and chrome flats recently.

  2. Yes, you're absolutely right about it being a big mistake.

    You should go exchange them for chromes flats before it's too late! HURRY!! ;)
  3. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    D'Addario nickel strings sound great. Just try them. Roll some highs off, if you need to.
  4. jibreel


    Apr 12, 2005
    Thanks all for the feedback.

    And those clips are GREAT, Dexplosion. Very helpful !!

    However, I know now that these strings are not what I am looking for so they are for sale in the classified.

    I will be sticking with flats.

    Thanks again
  5. Way to go! :hyper:
  6. I'm glad I could help.:smug:
  7. Just bumping this thread to say I bought a 6-string pack of nickel wounds, and am appalled at the low B. All the other strings have a nice ring to them, but the low B is quiet, muddy, and without definition. I'm going to buy a set of Lo-riders to replace these, and put the four middle nickel wounds on my four string fender j-bass. What a waste. :scowl:
  8. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    That's interesting. D'Addario B strings are, in my experience, possibly the best out there.

    Might be a defective string. Email them, and keep the packaging.
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  9. Having only used DRs for my 6er, I must say this was the worst B I have ever used. The hassle of emailing, returning, etc, is too much. It's still a perfectly fine 4 string set, so I'm not overly vexed.
  10. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    Balanced and bright IME and IMO. Too bright for me, but good strings.
  11. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you.

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    I used XL's for a long time and I really liked the bright/funky tone for the top40/pop/country cover band stuff I was playing back then. They didn't last all that long when I was playing 4-5 sets per nite, 5-6 nites per week. About a week was the max life for a set back then. Now that I play mostly weekend warrior gigs and private parties I get several months on a set.
    The bottom line, if your used to the flats then the XL's are gonna be a huge change in tone and feel. And, they probably wont last as long as the flats either.
  12. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    i bought these strings thinking they would be less bright than my favorite dr high beams. holy crap these are bright ass strings! i love the tension and feel of them (i got the 105-45) but damn they're bright.
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  13. I like the D'addario roundwounds....I use the EXL170's on one bass I have.

    The difference I find between rounds and flats generally is that flats as a rule produce better D &G string response overall. (4 strings).
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  14. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I agree, they're surprisingly bright for an NPS roundwound fresh out of the pack. Keep playing them, the brightness mellows within about a week.
  15. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Well, since the OP posted this thread 8 years ago, I imagine those D'Addario nickels have gotten very mellow by now....:whistle:
    However..since we've resurrected this zombie, IME they don't sound much different from EB Hybrid Skinkys when they're both new. I've never kept the D'Add's on anything long enough to find out about their sterling qualities when they break in; all D'addario strings I get, go in the trash as soon as possible. They use something in their final polishing/finishing that makes my hands itch like crazy. Getting them clean enough for me to play involves dangerous chemicals and way too much time. It's much easier to simply replace them with someone else's strings, and just play those. Like, say.. EB Slinkys..:cool: