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Stainless or Nickel Whats the Difference?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by pontz, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. pontz


    Oct 31, 2003
    Stainless or Nickel Whats the Difference? In tone, payability, etc.
  2. SuperSluggard


    Jan 2, 2004
    - Stainless sounds brighter
    - Nickel is easier on the frets

    Thats all I know.
  3. Debugger


    Mar 19, 2004
    afak stainless steel is easier to bend.

    - Debugger
  4. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    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.
  5. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    your playin the wrong nickels then : P
  6. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
  7. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    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.
  8. MrBonex


    Jan 2, 2004
    New Hampshire
    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!