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Stainless ID

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Old Fart, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Several questions, really:

    I came upon a NICE '62 Jazz reissue made by Squier (Vintage Modified) which I love. Round-wound strings. This thing has a very bright tone and the strings feel unusually scratchy/coarse. I have heard that stainless strings are brighter, and that they wreak havok on frets and fingers. So....I am thinking these might be stainless strings. The bass is in virtually unplayed condition, so I wonder if these VM basses were shipped with stainless strings. And I am also wondering if there is a way to make a positive ID of stainless strings. Maybe I should hold them next to the strings mentioned below, and see if there is a substantial color difference in the metals.

    I have a set of (I believe) non-stainless round-wounds that I removed from my Fender Jazz (MIM) in favor of D'Addario half-rounds (or ground-wounds or whatever they call 'em). FWIW, I've decided I do not like them, and will likely stick to round-wounds. Anyhoo......can those used non-stainless round-wounds be put onto this Squier with good results?
  2. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    C'mon fellas. I didn't ask what strings are best for metal. Justhoping for some information on identifying chrome strings, and about re-using strings. Any problem re-using strings? Are chrome strings shinier?
  3. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    If they are the original strings I would think they would be Fender nickles.
  4. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Thanks Adam. That is helpful. I just don't want to leave them on the bass, since I heard that chromes are hard on frets.
  5. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I mean.....I don't want to leave them on, if they are chromes.
  6. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    D'Addario Chromes are flatwounds so they do not wear down frets at all (well, maybe a tiny bit)
    As for stainless steel roundwounds, your Squier probably didn't ship out of the factory with them. And even if it did, you can leave them on without fear of wearing down the frets. Fret wire takes a lot to wear down. I estimate that if you play often, with brand new ss rounds, with a heavy left hand, and do lots of string bends and slap/pop, it may take you about 5+ years to wear down the frets. This can be delayed by taking good care of the frets in the mean time.

    If you like how your bass sounds with SS rounds, use SS rounds. They wouldn't exist if the basses couldn't handle them.
  7. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Thanks. That too is helpful. I don't think these are stainless rounds, and I do like the tone.

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