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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Jerryarnett, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Jerryarnett

    Jerryarnett Strat-Talk Member

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    Since I have been mainly playing my strats lately I'm finding my les Paul too dark sounding I have always used pure nickel strings and was thinking of trying the ernie ball cobalt strings or is there any other strings out there that will give me a little brighter snap I mainly just play clean
     
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    This may sound strange....

    and dont think for a moment my hands arent covered in calluses and look disgusting.

    but.. those cobalts.. the ONLY strings that actually BURNT my finger tips from moving up and down quickly on them.

    I have no idea whats going on in there... but they actually burnt me.

    total friction burn, similar to rug/road rash

    never used them again.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I used to use Dean Markley Blue Steels on my "standby" guitars that got very little actual playing time, so the strings would go dead from age rather than skin contamination. Ultimately, I went to them for everything, but today, I'm back on regular old EB Slinkies.
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    I use pure nickel a lot too and find both my ES 335 and Les Paul sound too dark on the wound nickel strings. I just use regular D'adarrio nickel wrapped steel. They add back the brightness and take away the mud I get from pure nickel and humbuckers.
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oddly enough I picked up a week or so ago a dozen sets of Dean Markley Signature series nickel steel strings (11-52) to try out. Set up one of my strats for them and put a set on last night. They come with 2 G strings one wound and the other plain, I went with plain. The one thing I noticed immediately compared to the EB hybrids I normally use is how even they are tonally across the set. They DM's are definitely warmer and rather than working to take off some of the brightness of the EB's I find myself having to adjust things to get back some of the bite in attack. Especially on the wound strings.

    Overall though, so far I like how they sound, but will give it more time to see if it's what I'm looking for.
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Are you talking about these: https://deanmarkley.com/collections...kley-signature-series-electric-guitar-strings

    If so they are not pure nickel strings they are standard nickel wrapped steel just like EB Slinky or D'adarrio XL. Also on pure nickel strings the wound are the only ones that are different, the unwound strings are just plain steel like in nay other set.
     
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    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    These.. I understand the makeup though but thanks for the info. :)

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    Cool, just wasn't sure you realized they were different than the pure nickel strings the OP is talking about. Of course even the same alloy by different manufacturers will sound different. I find EB to be zingier and brighter than D'addario in nickel plated steel or pure nickel formulas.
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Finding the same thing with the DM's .. haven't decided yet if it's what I want or if I'm just so rooted in the sound of EBs that I'm looking for things to not like.. Thus the 12 pack, gives me plenty of time to work it out. :)
     
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    BigNorm Senior Stratmaster

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    Daddario NY XL... best strings I ever played with in 50 years... sounds & feel perfecto !
     
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    I only use the Cobalts in 9s but not really sure they are any brighter than regular Super Slinkys. They have a bit more output and last a long time tho...
     
  14. Jerryarnett

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    I picked up just some regular slinkys over the weekend going to give them a try sweetwater has a sale on them 3 sets for $9.99
     
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    We really need to have a strings forum. Though not as critical as strings are to a classical guitar, there are some variations between the wound types for electric guitars.

    I do notice that the pure nickel wound strings aren't as bright as plated steel wrap. But unless you are really changing the ferrous metal content of the strings, you won't notice a big difference in sound. The strings are there to react with the magnets in your pickups.

    The OP might want to try Ernie Ball Paradigm or Cobalt, one of those was brighter than the regular slinky, but I can't remember which ones. Also Curt Mangan makes some good ones. I did notice that the 11 to 48 set was brighter sounding in the wound strings, and they have that slinky feel.

    I used to use Dean Markley strings back in the day. The plain strings always turned black, and rather quickly. It's interesting that we electric guitarists don't experiment more with strings, but I guess that there's not a lot of difference, as long as they feel good, and last awhile. We can adjust how any set is going to sound with amp EQ.

    With classical, and steel string acoustic guitars, minute variations in manufacture or materials can make a big difference. I have two or three different brands of electric guitar strings on hand for my strats. But, for my Classical, I have about 30 different makes on hand and they all sound different once on the guitar.
     
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    You want Bright? Try D'Addario Pro Steels. Very very bright strings. I use them because of my nickel allergy but I guess you could use them too.
     
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    I’ve used them, but I don’t like them. Give me regular Ernie Ball Slinky’s and I’m good to hook.
     
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    3 for $10 is a great deal.
    I usually end up with "Buy 10 get 2 free" for ~$46 on Amazon, but I've seen them cheaper from time to time.
     
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    I tried them. Found they had(for me, too, at least) a horrible, hard to move on feeling. While I can'tsay they actually burned me, I really couldn't abide the feel. I also never used them again.
     
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    I've tried them and they didn't sound very much different, perhaps a little brighter.

    They do however cost a lot and they turned black literally before mu eyes. After 15 minutes of playing they looked like a set of regular strings do after a month.
     
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