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Nickel Wound vs Pure Nickel Strings.. Which do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by apm1991, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. apm1991

    apm1991 Senior Stratmaster

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    $5.49 for Nickel wound vs $8.70 for pure nickel

    I've always just used nickel wound D'addario XL and never had any issues... I typically change my strings on a guitar once a month. Been less often since I haven't been gigging since March.

    What do you prefer? Why do you prefer it? Is the extra $3 for a set of strings worth it for pure nickel in your opinion?
     
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  2. Guy Named Sue

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    Nickel wound is good but only if you enjoy the initial brightness of nickel wound, which you only experience during that first week because the strings are fresh and then gradually lose some of that brightness and become more full bottom end rich strings.

    Pure nickel will get you to that full bottom end rich spectrum from the get go, so no initial brightness in tone.
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    In all candour....
    Pure Nickel...
    Probably the words....
     
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    I love the warmth and fat tone of pure nickels. They do lack the sparkle and response of nickel wounds.
     
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    Opj77 Strat-Talker

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    Pure Nickels are also extremely stiff and don’t bend as easy.
     
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    scooteraz Senior Stratmaster

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    I like pure nickels. See @Opj77 response above, +1. though I wouldn’t say “extremely stiff”. But, they do tend to be stiffer for the same gauge than the plated strings.
     
  7. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    Nickel-plated steel for me. XLs for life.
     
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    Pure Nickels.

    Fender 150s. Ernie Ball Rock N Roll sets or Gibson Vintage Reissues.
     
  9. Opj77

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    DR Pure Blues for me. I feel like pure nickels kinda help ceramic pups sound more “Stratty.”
     
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  10. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Wait a minute... All strings have a steel core of "music wire". Some have nickel plated steel wrap on the bottom three strings and some have a "pure nickel" (solid nickel) wrap. The difference is "nickel plated" vs. "pure nickel", not pure nickel vs. nickel wound.

    D'Addario's wording is confusing. They show "pure nickel" which is nickel wound steel, and they show "nickel wound" which if you read closer says it's "pure nickel wound", which is the same thing. I have no idea what is causing the price difference. Maybe the "nickel wound" is wound with a non-pure nickel alloy. I'd have to ask D'Addario to know.
     
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  11. Black59

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    Played pures for years but now I go nickel plated. Usually Fender 250Rs nothing fancy
     
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    Rumor has it "Pure Nickel" is not as pure as she pretends. Lately she's been seen hanging 'round with the alloys in the bars down by the docks. :whistling:

    As for the issue of "stiffness" much of that may come from many pure nickel strings having a hex core vs a round core the hex core providing a slightly "stiffer" feel and response.
     
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    bchaffin72 The Wizard next door................

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    I avoid the whole confusing issue and go stainless..................................:D

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    Problem is SS will wear down on your frets much quicker than anything else. Unless your frets happen to also be SS.
     
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    EB pure nickel on the Lester. Still undecided on strings for the StratoMutt, currently nickel plated.
     
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    ^ this

    Unless they make “pure nickel” strings by extrusion, they are both wound, so the distinction should be “pure nickel” vs “nickel plated”.

    I prefer nickel plated.
     
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    Pure nickel wrap. They sorta’ tame the “spikes” and percussiveness. Also, EB nickel wrapped strings are cheaper and sound great
     
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    Nickel is expensive. Nickel plated steel windings usually have about 9% nickel. Pure nickels also usually have a larger core to winding ratio at a given gauge and that makes them a little stiffer.
     
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    Pure nickel
     
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    jayaitch Strat-Talk Member

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    My go to set for about the last year and a half or so. Yep, they are pretty slinky to be sure, but they sure do sound great and also balanced with staggered pole pieces.
     

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