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Stainless steel vs nickel wound??

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mat gregory, Feb 9, 2005.


  1. Whats the difference between nickel and stainless steel strings in and which are better in terms of.........

    tone
    feel
    life
    strength
    holding tune
    abrasivness etc etc.........

    cheers in advance!! :bassist: :bassist:
     
  2. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Neither are better then the other.
    Just different.

    tone
    Steel: more zing. more highs, more output.
    Nickel: mellower.

    feel
    Steel: more abrasive
    Nickel: smoother

    life
    Both have about equal life, they just go dead differently.
    Steel: When Steels go dead, they go quicker.
    Nickel: Nickels go dead more gradually.

    strength
    The same.
    Steel and Nickel share the same core material.
    Nickel RW have a Nickel Plate.

    holding tune
    Same

    abrasivness
    Steel: more abrasive towards fret wear.
    Nickel: less so
     
  3. XSquigyX

    XSquigyX

    Jan 4, 2005
    If you have never tried stainless I suggest a set of DR Hi Beams, they are incredible. :bassist: One thing about stainless is they tend to have a very abrasive feel, more so on my right hand than anything else but it's never been a problem for me.
     
  4. 6-3-2

    6-3-2

    Sep 20, 2003
    I don't know, I heard from my local bass shop that Nickel is more magnetic so it's louder, and I'd have to agree. I like the DR Sunbeams, the tone is just right for me.
     
  5. metalguy2

    metalguy2

    Dec 26, 2004
    Boston
    Now the question for me is... Does nickel have a higher tension than steel. BTW I LOOOOOVVVE STEEL STRINGS
     
  6. Tritone

    Tritone Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Santee, America
    Did you look at the "Strings FAQ" sticky directly above your thread? ;) :D :p :)