Pure Nickel vs. Pressure Wound

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FirewalZ, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    I play a vintage 70's jazz that is naturally bright (and very heavy:) I play older classic rock and sometimes jazz, im going for a tone that is fat, round/creamy but punchy and clear. I have been looking for strings that have less brightness and softer highs (not looking into flats at this time). Based on previous posts I tried the Fender Pure Nickel, they really helped but seem to lack punch and growl. I see a lot of posts about GHS Pressure Wound, would these fit the bill?
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Sounds like you're trying to EQ by changing strings. Why aren't you EQing with the knobs on your amp?
  3. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    I agree, you could be right. My amp has a fairly simple and straight forward eq. I keep things fairly flat but cut the highs and boost the low-mids, although I admit I has not spent a lot of time experimenting at volume. Part of my issue could be that my Bass was re-fretted with SS. The folks who did the work did a great job but suggested I go with SS because it would last much longer and have negligible impact to tone. However I do think this could be what I am hearing on the high end.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2015
  4. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Brand Identity & Development, GHS Strings, Innovation Double Bass Strings, Rocktron
    I think they will. The nickel-iron wraps of the string are going to really "play nice" with your pickups, giving you that punch and growl. The rollerwound aspect of the final wrap will mellow the string out, so they start out much like a set of strings that have been on the bass for a couple of weeks. From there, you can EQ your bass/amp to suit your tastes.
  5. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Wantage, New Jersey
    Yea, those pressure wounds took care of the unwanted zing on my Spector. The lows are warmer with some good mid bite. The growl is still there but not so in your face. The tension is slightly higher than what I'm used to but it's not bad either. Plus they feel nice and smooth compared to the Boomers I've used for so many years.
  6. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    Yes - not as bright, but still defined with good character. I just put a set on one of my shortscales.
  7. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Sounds like Pressure wounds are exactly what you are looking for.