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Smoothest nickel strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by booch29, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    Looking for a smooth surface nickel set.
    Not looking for half rounds or flatwound, but roundwound strings...
  2. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006

    Plenty of threads on this if you do a search.
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  3. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    Thx! I heard of the lo rider nickel as well, any experience with these too?
  4. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution, Ampeg distribution
    I'm a die-hard DR fan. My main string is Sunbeams and I think they are smooth feeling indeed. Nickel Lo Riders feel just as smooth. They aren't quite as flexible though since they have a hex core where Sunbeams have a round core.
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  5. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    GHS Balanced Nickels are the smoothest roundwounds I've ever played. Also consider GHS Pressurewounds as an exceedingly smooth alternative.
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  6. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    I believe he is after an NPS string, not a nickel string...
  7. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    What is the difference? Thx
  8. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    TI jazz rounds.
  9. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    When people refer to nickels they're probably talking about nickel plated stainless steel strings. There are pure nickel strings that are all nickel on a steel core. Those are referred to as pure nickels. Some people that like to be sticklers just for the sake of sticklerness will act as if they don't know what you're talking about if you call nickel plated stainless steel strings nickels, or stainless steels steels.
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  10. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Canada, eh!
    In no particular order:
    Thomastik Infeld Jazz Rounds ( pure nickel )
    GHS Pressurewounds ( oval shape; 52% pure nickel ).
    Ken Smith Compressors ( 52% pure nickel )
  11. keto


    Mar 3, 2016
    I just posted in another thread, I have a set of 50-105 lo rider nickel on my G&L L2K and LOVE them. Been on almost a year and LOTS of playing, and sound great. Straight to your point, they don't take long to break in and are almost as smooth as glass, almost like playing a flatwound. Very slick and fast. Somewhat high in tension (less than Boomers, but still up there), so be prepared for that. I dig in and play hard with a pick, they are my ideal string for that.
  12. I am partial to G H S Pressure Sounds myself.
  13. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    thanks everyone.
    to be more specific, I've always played d'addario nickels and liked them very much..
    looking for something similar(warm tone and smooth feel)...
    i really don't know about hex vs roundcore, or pure nickles...etc
    just want to experiment with something different.
  14. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Try Elixir Nickel Nanoweb strings, which are basically D'Addario XL Nickels with special coating which makes them smooth to touch and long lasting.
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  15. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
  16. DR Sunbeams
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  17. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    DR Sunbeams. Feels great and very flexible.
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  18. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    I second the Dunlop suggestion. Make sure to get the regular nickels as the Super Brights are a bit rougher.
  19. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    DR pure blues
    saltydude likes this.
  20. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA

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