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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. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Strat-Talker Platinum Supporting Member

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    I like my Strats bright and present. D'Addario XLs for me. Sometimes, I even try out Pro Steels.
     
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  2. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    The pink pack of EB 9s. Whatever that may be. The "pure" nickels I've tried did not seem to last as long. I change my strings about 3 times a year. Wipe them down after playing and they last a pretty long time.
     
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  3. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    I also figure it is the fret healthy choice. Not sure I have enough fret left for another leveling on the old Lester.
     
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  4. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    i bought countless 1o packs of nickel plated d'addarrio 9's - love 'em. probably one of the best deals on a good string ever.

    i use 8's now and there are no 10 pack deals i've ever found...i like those ernie ball classic sets that @jayaitch shows and buy them in 3 pack deals for 13 or 14 bux on sale on ebay. i do prefer real nickel wraps over the nickel plated.

    the made no more 'snake oil brand' with real nickel wraps were by far the best string to me, but not cheap.
     
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  5. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    I prefer pure nickel wraps over NPS. I like 'em warmer.

    I also prefer a wound 3rd, for the same reason. It does mean I can't go lighter than 10s and have a balanced set, but I generally play 10s or heavier anyhow. I have 4 guitars currently strung up with 12s, and a couple with 11s.

    I wouldn't worry about steelwound strings wearing down frets faster--you have steel plain strings anyhow.
     
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  6. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Glad to hear that...
    My ears can't
    Discern any of the musical aforementioned notions...
    Thanks for doing it for me
     
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  7. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 The Wizard next door................

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    Dragon bone frets. They last four ages......................................:D

    Yeah, wear can be an issue, so I don't use SS on all my guitars all the time. But I do like them when I do. Currently I've got the British Steels on the strat, and the SG, and a set of Swing Bass 66 SS for the Jazz bass. And regular nickel wound D'Addarios on the nocaster and P bass.
     
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  8. Lankytwang

    Lankytwang Strat-Talker

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    "" You mean there's a difference ???...Ask 20 guitarists which strings do they prefer/are the best...get 20 different answers:p

    If there is a difference my old ears can't hear it:)
     
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    Stevn Strat-Talker

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    make mine cobalt please.
     
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  10. Gevalt

    Gevalt Strat-O-Master

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    Tried most. NYXL for life. On most.
    I have two guitars that are way too bright for Plated, and those sound better w/pure nickel. You hear less of the string and more of the wood, like a remixed EQ.
    There's a "voice" we all prefer each of ours to have, and I hope everyone finds theirs.

    And not to stir the pot, but every brand has different tone, longevity and flex. Try a few :)
     
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    stratnutz Senior Stratmaster

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    Pure nickel sound and feel dead to me .
     
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  12. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    For Strats I've settled on Fender 150s (pure nickel) in 9-40.
    This was after years/decades of trying quite a range of types and gauges including '8s in the early days.

    On Gibson and other shorter scale or humbucker guitars I use NPS, either Ernie Ball or D'Addario, usually 9-42.

    I usually buy the 150s in bulk so I've never paid near that much, for the XLs and Slinkys I just sniff out deals when I can.
    If I had to, yes, I would pay the going rate for the strings I prefer.

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    jayaitch Strat-Talk Member

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    Dang, I thought this was a discontinued set from Fender?? Can you still get this set somewhere?
     
  14. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    They may be, now.
    I'm still working my way through the last dozen I got a few years ago.
    If they are discontinued from Fender I will find an alternate equivalent set.
    I believe D'Addario has a set in their 'balanced tension' range that is the same/similar.
     
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    On my Strat I use the GHS Boomer pure nickel “roller wound” strings in the Eric Johnson size of 10-50.

    The roller wound are kind of like a half round, compressed or ground round wound making the wrap wire flattened.

    The strings are very warm/muted acoustically and they are smooth/soft. No finger noise whatsoever sliding your finger across the surface. My vintage bridge is setup floating.

    Compare that to my Tele With NPS D’Addarios 9.5-44 EXL120+ and the range of tone between the two is drastic.
     
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    I’m generally the same but the different in pure nickel vs nickel plated is pretty drastic to me. I think the vast difference in feel translates to your ears somehow, as well, if that makes any sense.
     
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  17. gusgorman

    gusgorman Strat-Talk Member

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    Pure Nickel sound different (perhaps warmer with a bit less bite - but there is more to it than that) so it comes down to what you prefer.

    I used to use them on my Jazzmaster to tame the brightness, then I remembered I was allowed to use the tone and volume controls and switched back to Nickel plated :)

    But I did like the sound of Pure Nickel.
     
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  18. kurher

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    You probably mean the nickel rockers (Boomers are nickel plated steel and not rollerwound). These strings are probably the closest in design to the old Fenders and were almost certainly derived from them.
     
  19. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir V----V

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    i like stainless steel... but only for my frets.
    For strings, mainly D'Addario, either Pure Nickel roundwounds or Chrome flatwounds.
    For the really special guitars, Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swing pure nickel flatwounds.
     
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  20. Bladesg

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    D'Addario XL on everything except my 335, LP and Duojet get Gibson Vintage Reissues and my FR equipped player strat gets D'Addario NYXL's
     
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