Posted by El Pájaro on August 11, 2000 at 06:15:44:
In Reply to: What is Nickel Round Wound String? posted by Lin Shengjie on August 11, 2000 at 02:54:20:
: What is Nickel Round Wound String? What is the difference between flatwound and
: roundwound strings? What is the advantage of nickel?
Hey there Shengjie,
All electric bass strings are made more or less the same way: all of them consist in a "core" wire (most likely steel) with yet another wire which is wrapped around the core. This outer wrap is sometimes steel (which makes for Steel roundwounds) and sometimes nickel (which makes for nickel roundwounds).
The main thing about flatwounds is this: the outer wrap is a flat (as opposed to round) piece of wire. Flats are easier on your fingers and on the frets (or the fretboard, if you play fretless), although the sound is not quite bright as the sound of roundwounds.
The advantage of nickel? Don't know for sure, but I think they sound a little brighter than steels and are a little easier on the frets. Any thoughts, gang?
Buena suerte and keep your basses up front in the mix,
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