String Material

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SLiGhTLy_STooPiD, Nov 14, 2000.

  1. I've never really thought about this, but how does the string material affect sound, fret-wear, etc.?
    I heard nickel keeps fret wear to a minimum but what about the others?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well stainless steel is the most abrasive - definitely on your fingers (!) and presumably on the frets or the board if it's fretless. A lot of strings are sold with coverings to minimise wear on fretless boards, but I don't really like the sound of these - nickel seems to bethe best compromise between a bright sound with prominent harmonics and lower wear on your hands and bass.
  3. So will 'pure-nickel' strings have the same affects as strings with a nickel layer on the outside?