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stainless steel strings - What do you call them?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Dec 7, 2017.


  1. steel

    36 vote(s)
    23.4%
  2. stainless steel

    94 vote(s)
    61.0%
  3. carrot-plated

    24 vote(s)
    15.6%
  1. AFAIK all electric bass strings are steel, just varying types:

    stainless
    nickel-plated
    cobalt (plated?)
     
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  2. "Stainless Steel" or simply "SS" as opposed to "NPS" (= Nickel-plated Steel).
     
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  3. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    The ones that are flat wounds? "Flats..." The ones that are round wounds? I don't refer to them at all. If I do use rounds, they're nickel, and they're either GHS Boomers, or EB Hybrid/Regular Slinkys. AFAIC, SS round wounds don't exist...:whistle:
     
  4. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Yep. I call them “Pro Steels” because that’s the only kind of SSRW’s I use. Kind of like “Kleenex” I guess where I use a brand name to describe a product.
     
  5. I've wondered sometimes why D'Addario (*pronounced Da-Dairy-O) calls their stainless flats Chromes :wideyed:
    Although, it's not actually wrong, since stainless just has extra Chromium.

    *: D'Addario Strings : FAQ
     
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  6. Yes, it's true all stainless steels contain chromium.
    It is my understanding the D'A SS Flats got the nickname "Chromes" due to the higher-than-average chromium content in the stainless steel used for the ribbon wire.

    D'A Chromes (blue silk) vs. Fender 9050 (green silk) - both are "stainless steel flats" made by D'Addario, but as you can see in the photo below, they don't look exactly the same; the Chromes are slightly lighter with a hint of bluish hue. Apparently, that's due to the extra chromium.

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  7. Funny, I was trying to tell a guy how great Cobalt flats are & he complained they're hard on frets, but the Chromium would actually be harder. He's using D'A Chromes.
     
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    My friend, there is something seriously wrong with how your bass is set up :D
     
  9. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    You took the words right out of my errrrm.....Typing finger.....:laugh:
     
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  10. This was my feeble attempt at having an extra string without investing in a 5-string bass. Didn't work very well. Should have known better. :wacky:
     
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  11. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    Big chain music store clerk: Can I help you?

    Me: I'm just browsing what you have for stainless steel bass strings.

    Big chain music store clerk: We have Pro Steels... but that's the closest we have to stainless steel.
     
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  12. Mvilmany

    Mvilmany

    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    I call them Chromes. They’re older than my dog (see profile pic).
     
  13. All steel is an alloy, so it's just marketing jargon.
     
  14. waynobass

    waynobass

    Feb 27, 2008
    Texas
    Just steel. One word to match nickel and cobalt.
     
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  15. Why couldn't that one word be stainless? :D
     
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  16. Marhmol

    Marhmol Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2016
    Bay Area Ca
    I refer to them as "the noisy ones" because I suck:bassist:
    Even had to check how to spell noisy:roflmao:
     
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  17. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico

    Mar 17, 2004
    I have probably referred to them as both "stainless" and "steel", sometimes both, but often just "ss."
     
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  18. Nev375

    Nev375

    Nov 2, 2010
    Missouri
    Zing-tastic wang dang dingers!
     
  19. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Really? Oh you sweet, sweet Americans....Up in the Great White North we call it "Dee-Uh-Dairy-Oh). Never heard it referred to otherwise. :smug:
     
  20. Not sure what being in the U.S. (or Canada) has to do with it, since it's an Italian name.
    The local rep. told me that's how the folks from D'Addario pronounce it.
     
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