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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Flounder102Bass, Jul 21, 2008.
i dont know how to tell the sound between stainless or nickel can you help me out
Stainless steel strings are the brightest. They have a lot of highs and upper mids.
Nickel strings are "darker" sounding and sometimes have higher output (I think). They don't sound dead though. It's more like the "zing" of the high overtones is tuned to a lower frequency range.
So if you are going for an ultra-bright sound, you will probably prefer stainless steel strings, but if you like a more traditional tone, nickel may be better for you.
Personally, I love the DR "SunBeams" nickel roundwound strings.
To really generalize; to my ear and IME, nickels are just as bright and zingy treble wise, but ss usually have stronger mids/hi mids. Just my $0.02.
I like to think that the SS strings give a bass a more modern tone where a set of nickels would be more for a vintage sound. That also depends on your pickups and preamp but it's a general idea.
i know what your saying but truly im looking for somthing warm i can get
For me, it's about 'feel'-
SS strings feel "sticky" to my touch.
I've noticed this also, though some SS strings are slicker and less sticky than others. I've always preferred nickel and nickelplated steel, but on some basses that I've owned steel works better.
I prefer nickels and nickelplated rounds personally. FWIW from a raw materials stantpoint, the difference between good and better stainless steel is nickel content, and as far as raw materials are concerned nickel is substantially more expensive and/or precious than stainless steel.
One difference I found out is that nickels don't grind the frets as much as the steels do!
Nickle for me.
Stainless steel strings seem a little "over the top" in the brightness department, with a slightly "harsher, in your face" tone and dont feel as comfortable under the fingers.
I'll use them in a pinch though. Alot of folks swear by them.
Try lots of different strings. You'll be amazed at how different types of strings and brands will make your bass sound.
Nickels all the way baby. I can especially recommend DR sunbeams.
The thing about nickel strings should increase the output, is there any truth to this? I've seen manufacturers say this.
For great feel and tone, nickel is my choice.
try rotosound Swing bass, they never feel sticky
also, ive had them on my bass 4 3 months now, still damm brighT!!
If u want seriously warm, get yourself some flatwounds, or better yet Tru BAss roto's. they feel super slick!
I love stainless steels and use Carvin strings www.carvin.com and they are reasonably priced. Only downfall is you have order'em on line unless live in Cali and have a Carvin store in your area. Three 5 string sets will run you about $47 bucks but they're worth it. That's about $15.66 per pack. You can't beat that. I also like Zon stainless steels if you can't find'em you can order direct from Zon www.zon.com. Good luck.
so flatwounds are the ones to get the nice warm tone. just to know i got a Fender P Bass USA Made and Flatwounds will be good for them Right.
And neither does a chainsaw. Both will have roughly the same effect on your hands and frets/fingerboard...
@ Flounder - P bass + Flats = Classic, fat, traditional tone.
I also prefer nickels, both tonally and in feel. They are a little less bright straight out of the packet than stainless steel, but after a few hours playing the difference is negligible. Plus they wear frets and boards a whole lot less than steels.
For those of us whose sweat is so acidic that it completely wastes SS strings in about two days, nickel is the only strings to use.
yes, it's all about the feel... nickel rounds 'feel' slimy to me.
Nickels always sound / feel dead to me coming out of the package... Stainless rounds just have the 'tone' I'm after.
I guess using them on a fretless is out
Not necessarily. I play steel strings on a fretless, and they're working out great. But they're not Rotosounds - they're DR Fatbeams - compression-wound for a smoother surface than Rotosounds. And my bass has an ebony board that's been epoxied, so the surface is very hard and durable.
Even so, I could use Rotos if I really wanted - with minimal wear of the board. As far as finger abrasion is concerned, you adjust. If I was playing Rotosounds, I'd have calluses on my fingertips by now. As it is, I haven't had calluses in years. My strings don't cause 'em, and my technique doesn't make 'em necessary...
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