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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Anyone using pure nickel strings on their Tele?



Mar 5th, 2016 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just wondering before I venture out and try some if the extra warmth from these type of strings might take to much away from the bite Tele's are known for.

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Mar 5th, 2016 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have no idea but I often use pure nickel strings on both my Strats and Teles. Fender 150's in 10-46.


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Mar 6th, 2016 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I generally use DR pure nickel strings on mine. Hard to imagine any string dulling a tele's sound.


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Aug 9th, 2016 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use D'Addario nickel XL's on all of my guitars.

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Aug 9th, 2016 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I use D'Addario nickel XL's on all of my guitars."

+1 including my tele. No top end loss there. Plenty bright & twangy.

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...it's good enough.
Aug 10th, 2016 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used DR Pure Blues for a while.
I liked the way they sounded and felt, but prices kept going up so I went back to Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys.
(everybody's pure nickel strings cost more than the "nickel plated" version)

There is a difference in tone, but it's nothing that's going to make you jump up and take notice - like "taking away too much bite."
The slight difference in tone wasn't worth the extra expense to me, given that I'm changing strings as often as I am.

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Aug 10th, 2016 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ What he said.

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Aug 10th, 2016 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use Ernie Ball 11's R&R pure nickel wrap on all my guitars including Teles. I like 'em and the Teles still sound like Teles.

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Aug 10th, 2016 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I used DR Pure Blues for a while."

I did for quite some time as well. But then I had trouble with DR strings...something about the core and windings was not working together. They would be impossible to intonate, etc. So there was some defect in the manufacture of the string. That caused me to give them up.

That's when I went and tested all kinds of brands. I ultimately settled on GHS Burnished Nickel Rockers (10-46). Great feel, excellent sound, good packaging (well-sealed), and my Tele (as well as my Strats) sound great with them.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Aug 10th, 2016 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

"So there was some defect in the manufacture of the string."

Yeah, I also noticed a slip in the quality of DRs. There seemed to be more frequent "bad sets" showing up. That, combined with the escalating prices sealed the deal on my return to EB's.

I have tried EB pure nickels and liked them, as well. Still, the >$1 per package price difference just isn't worth it to me.

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Aug 10th, 2016 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's all I use on all my guitars strats, tele's, Gibson and gretschs. In saying that I still try new things every once in a while


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Aug 11th, 2016 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I"ve been using DRs for years now. Yeah, they had some issues a few years back (D strings were all that I ever had problems with) but I've not seen any issues in a very long time.

They sound great and have a very nice feel to my hands. Very smooth when bending, just the right amount of tension. Warm sounding, yes, but retain the snap too.

I've also used EB, Fender, and GHS nickel sets, all of which were fine as well.



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Aug 11th, 2016 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I put pure nickel strings on my tele and it took out so much high end that I now use it for a bass.

Um...not really


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Aug 11th, 2016 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

GHS Nickel Rockers pure nickel. Use them on all most all my electric guitars, as I like the feel, sound, and they seem to last in the package and on the guitar longer than the others. I have the Boomers on my synth since the string does not matter there, and have used them on a couple of strats.

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Aug 11th, 2016 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oops I linked the wrong page. I have the burnished Nickel like these. Not sure how different they sound, but like the feel of these.

Corrected Linky thingy

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Aug 23rd, 2016 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Are you *trying to lose top end? If so, maybe a brass bridge? Not a cheap alternative but a reversible one.



Sep 12th, 2016 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used the fender pure nickel and thought my tele sounded like it had been muted. Took them off immediately.

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