Strings: Which ones aren't bright?

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  1. buchla300

    buchla300 Member

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    I have been using d'addario for ages and although I find them fine I wonder if there are equivalent affordable strings that are just a touch less bright or maybe a bit fuller...depending on which way you look at it.
    Any thoughts?

    Thx
     
  2. vinceman

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    Old/Used strings? :banana:banana:banana

    Sorry... :hide
     
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    D'Addario just came out with a pure nickel version of the XL. Instead of nickel plated steel they're all nickel (alloy) like vintage strings were. Haven't tried them yet (nor have I seen them on the wall at the store) but they're supposed to be more mellow.

    Hate to say it since I'm loyal to D'Addario's, but there is a Fender pure nickel string available and they are not as bright as the nickel plated steel strings. I think Fender calls them "original" and they come in bullet and ball ends.
     
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    I just ordered some D'Addario Nickel EPN110.
    Thanks!
    David
     
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    I have used the pure nickel D'Addario strings and I liked them a lot. They weren't quite as bright and seemed to bring out harmonics. If They were in stores when I went to get strings they would be what I was using. I've been meaning to order some online but always end up going to the store for strings.
     
  7. Rod

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    I've been using Ernie Ball Classic Slinky's now for over 10 years because the pure nickel content of these is much warmer sounding than anything else on the market...
     
  8. 9fingers

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    Of course there's Snake Oil Strings (do a search). I just got a few sets of GHS Santana strings- "big core" with pure nickel wrap. They sound really huge and full while still retaining just enough edge. About $5 a set. So far so good- a couple of weeks & they still sound pretty "new". I'll report back sometime on how they last (lasting is Snake oil's strong point).
     
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    Try the Dean Markley Blue Steels.
     
  10. roadhog96

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    I pretty much use and am happy with D'Addario strings. They bend easy, last long and sound good. However, I have recently had a need for a warmer sounding string on a ES-335 that I thought the D'Addario strings which are nickel plated steel were too bright sounding. Their pure nickel strings weren't available in the size gauge I wanted. So I did some searching and came up with a brand imported from Germany called Pyramid Maximum Performance pure nickel with a hex core and their Nickel Classics which have a round core. Their core wire is smaller gauged than other manufactures so you can actually go up a size string set without feeling any higher tension. The Nickel wrap is thicker because of the smaller diameter core wire so you get a thicker warmer tone. The plain steel strings in the set are silver plated and the twisted ball end is hand wrapped with silk, talk about a classy looking string. They sound very pleasing and feel great, I have to say, I think I'm hooked on them. I tried DR Pure Blues, now they are just the opposite. They use a larger core wire with a thinner outer wrap of Nickel. Believe it or not the 10-46 DR's felt like the same tension as the D'Addario 10-49 I had on my LP. Anyway I ended up with 10-48 Pyramids on the 335 and no harder to play or bend with than 10-46 set. That's what it's all about finding the right tone, experiment.
     

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