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Foggy1
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Jul 31st, 2017 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's your favorite brand and why? I'm wanting to try some and wondering what to order.

Foggy.

stratcowboy
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Jul 31st, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've tried many over the years (Ernie Ball, Fender, D'Addario, DR, Elixir, etc.). I finally came to like the GHS Burnished Nickel Rockers the best. They are not a coated string, but the burnishing makes them smoother and quieter. They seem to last quite well, also. Very nice flexibility to the strings even in the higher gauge selections. But predominantly they appeal to me most because they sound and play really well.

As is most often the case for something like strings (especially), YMMV...

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Jul 31st, 2017 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm currently trying Gibson Brite Wires as they are cheap and I am going off EB Slinky due to recent quality issues.

Leftee
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Jul 31st, 2017 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the GHS mentioned above quite a bit.

I also like like the Curt Mangan Fusionmatched in the half sizes. I bump my typical sizes up.

Another winner for me the the GHS Nickel Rockers - Big cores. Also a half size larger.

Mick Reid
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Jul 31st, 2017 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At over twice the price, I'll stick to my D'Addario XL-110's.

Not sure what I'd gain for $14+/set. (AUD)

Leftee
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Aug 1st, 2017 03:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting! They're not that much more expensive compared to "regular" strings over here.

I put it in perspective like this. I've paid from hundreds to thousands of $ for each of my guitars. Even if I had to pay double for the strings it's a drop in the bucket.

I like pure nickels because of the smoother, rounder tones from the wound strings. Modern strings sound too bright and brash to my ears.

Edit to add:

OK - so there's one parts-o-caster that I probably have less than $200 invested. But it still has pure nickels on it. The moral of the story (for me) is why wouldn't I spend a couple more bucks to get the tone I like?

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:50 AM, Aug 1st, 2017)

Mick Reid
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Aug 1st, 2017 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The moral of the story (for me) is why wouldn't I spend a couple more bucks to get the tone I like?"

Yeah that's cool, an fair enough too. If the price was more or less equal here, I may be more inclined to try them.

I should add that I'm also a bit of a miser :^)

I have 9 electrics that get a fairly good rotation of play so I take that into consideration with my budget as well.

TBH, I haven't experimented much with a whole lot of brands or compared tonal qualities. The XL's have always intonated well and their price (Aussie-wise) has become very reasonable in recent years.

And did I mention that I'm a tight-arse?


littleuch
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Aug 1st, 2017 04:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Ernie Ball Rock & Roll pure nickel Power Slinkys when I can find them. I'm just used to the 11-48 tension and like the subdued tone of the nickels.

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Aug 1st, 2017 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have tried most brands of pure nickels but my fave are the DR Pure Blues. They seem to have a different feel, tension-wise. Bending is very comfortable.

stratcowboy
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Aug 1st, 2017 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For a number of years (before going to the GHS Burnished Nickels), I used the DR Pure Blues. Liked how they sounded, actually. But for a time there I was having trouble with some of the wound strings losing their connection to the cores--so the strings would go bad by not intonating/tuning at all. Was confusing at first until I found out others were experiencing the same failure of string integrity.

That's when I finally switched for good to the GHS. Been very happy with their sound, playability, and quality for quite some time, now. For me (where I buy them), they are comparable in cost to most other major brands.

MLC

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Aug 1st, 2017 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I was using "pure nickel" strings, I liked the DR Pure Blues and Ernie Ball Rock & Roll sets.

I started seeing quality issues with DR and stuck with the Ernie Balls after that.
Too bad, because I really did like the DR's.

I've since gone back the EB "Regular Slinky" because the tonal difference wasn't all that much, given the extra cost. I change strings often enough that it wasn't worth the added expense, to me.

FunkyKikuchiyo

VT

Aug 1st, 2017 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I started seeing quality issues with DR and stuck with the Ernie Balls after that.
Too bad, because I really did like the DR's."

Yeah, that's the DR story. Great string... when you get a good set.

I've been a pure nickel guy for years now. They just balance the way I want. I used the TI Sliders years ago and loved them, but the cost was too much for me.

The GHS Nickel Rockers are too dark for me.

I used the Fender Original 150s for a while, but just sorta lived with the mediocre quality control, but once Fender sent their production to D'Addario (same time the ball end colors came into play) the quality issues were solved, so it is now a win/win.

The D'Addario pure nickel string is not the same thing (must be different formulas or something for the Fenders) and they are quite good, but they're a bit darker/boomier than the Fenders, so I prefer the Fenders.

I have also heard amazing things about Pyramids.

vomer
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Aug 1st, 2017 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to use Snake Oil Brand but I don't know if they are still going. I liked the tone and feel.

Leftee
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Aug 1st, 2017 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Snake Oil brand was how I got started down this road. No. They're not around anymore.

Foggy1
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Aug 1st, 2017 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for all the replies everyone. Now I'm more confused than ever lol!

I've been using EB Super Slinky's and D'Addario EXL 120's Whichever are on sale at the time at Sweetwater. No problems with them so far, just wanted to try some pure nickels to see if i could tell the difference.

Looks like they sell GHS Nickel Rockers there, probably just try a set of those first.

stratcowboy
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Aug 1st, 2017 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just out of curiosity, I checked the place where I get my strings (juststrings.com no affiliation, personally). The D'Adds are the most expensive (in the general offerings), while the EBs, GHS, and others are literally within pennies of each other. The only brand that was actually noticeably cheaper were the Fenders.

willie
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Aug 1st, 2017 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too am fond of the new Fender 150 pure nickel strings. I do use D'Addario as well but also find the Fender version to be a bit more to my liking.

willie

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Aug 1st, 2017 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like GHS burnished nickel, I just wish they were available in a wider variety of gauges, like 10-48. they only have the standard 9s, 10s, and 11s.


FunkyKikuchiyo

VT

Aug 1st, 2017 10:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Now I'm more confused than ever lol!

I've been using EB Super Slinky's and D'Addario EXL 120's Whichever are on sale at the time at Sweetwater."

In that case, if you just want to know what the fuss is about, I'd say go for the EB or D'Addario pure nickel strings to give yourself the most of an apples-to-apples comparison.

Yeah, paying a bit more for a string that doesn't last quite as long isn't for everyone, but the clean and semi-clean tones are just so much better IMO.

LeftRightOut
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Aug 2nd, 2017 03:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

GHS Burnished Nickel Rockers on fenders and big cores on Gibson style guitars and one tele with a wound g string

the feel nice have good longevity and sound good straight out of the pack and don't take too long to stretch in and hold intonation and tuning extremely well




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