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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by pontz, Jul 15, 2004.
Stainless or Nickel Whats the Difference? In tone, payability, etc.
- Stainless sounds brighter
- Nickel is easier on the frets
Thats all I know.
afak stainless steel is easier to bend.
Stainless are brighter, last longer, sometimes slightly harsh, hard on frets, and hard on fingers at times.
Nickel Give a deeper, thumpyer sound, go dead faster, dont rub the hell outa your frets.
Stainless steel has a real nice raw growl to it that really cuts through. Nickel plated strings sound real stiff and boring to me.
Dave Starr: Bassist with CHASTAIN & Vicious Rumors
your playin the wrong nickels then : P
I concur with the above statements.
Now Mine. I hate Stainless and Love Nickels (the right ones)
DR Sunbeams are a favorite
TI Powerbass are my current string. They are nickel plated or something like that, but they ain't funky stainless.
Right you are, Beer!
Also there are "pure" nickels and "nickel-plated."
Pure nickels are more vintage tone, the plateds are more "modern" -- somewhere between pure and stainless.
As far as how long they last, it's just like anything else: how much do you play? how hard? do you clean your strings after each use? how much do you sweat? and is your sweat acidic?
Personally, I play Fender 7150 pure nickels and they last plenty long 'cause I keep 'em clean and I don't really sweat much. Your milage may vary significantly!