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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by joeyzaza, Feb 24, 2006.
Do stainless steel strings have a smoother feel than nickel plated strings? And which do you prefer?
This one's a no-brainer!
Even S.S. Lo-Riders, with their compression-windings, have nothing on the smoothness of Sunbeams, or Nickel Lo-Riders, or Daddario XLs...etc
After playing S.S. Lo-Riders, my Sunbeams felt like silk.
My SS flatwounds (the $15 webstrings ones) are the smoothest I've ever felt.
Whoops! Forgot about flatwounds...
yea flatwounds are like glass.. but sound like poop IMHO
I like SS but nickel are smoother.
I love the brightness and zing of roundwound stainless steel, but they always sound kind of...clacky to me. So I buy nickels.
To me, nickels sound ideal when they're about a week to 10 days old - nice and crisp and very live. And the underlying tone is warmer and more organic too...
They all feel smooth to me...callouses do that to ya!
My strings get smooth over time, a couple of weeks after theyve had some sweat and have been played in.
If you're looking for smoothness the question isn't nickel vs. stainless, but round vs. flat, ground or compression.
That said, if you want a smooth feeling roundwound, nickel is smoother than stainless.
nylon tape wound have been the nicest feeling strings ive ever bought...
I really think they were designed for fretless though, but they sound quite well, and they look awesome... who else do you know that has black strings? well.. you could know lots of people.. but oh well
Nickel is smoother.
The fact is that string manufacturers wrap their strings in nickel in order to get a less bright, smoother sound, and smoother feel.
So by default, a nickel ROUNDWOUND is smoother than a stainless steel ROUNDWOUND.
Flats are completely different. I don't know of any nickel flats.
I like the sound of steel strings better but I have been using nickel strings lately because they are easier on my fingers and hands. I have a real bad dry skin problem on my hands and the steel just aggravate it. Nickel strings are softer and smother feeling steel are harder and more abrasive.