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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:35 PM

My boiler just died, so a set of free strings would cheer me up

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:50 PM

Got my strings today thanks, will swap them over after the next gig, see what difference it makes and get back to you!
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:19 PM

Got mine today, thanks very much D'addario. first impressions are good, nice tension on them, will be having a proper go tomorrow.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:55 PM

Got mine today too. Will need to wait a while for the new J neck that I have fitted to settle and do a proper set up.

However, first impression is good.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 12:00 AM

I'd love to try a 4 set. Am trying to write and record a bass line as part of a piece of music for a play I'm in at a local theatre.

If that's a good reason, then, er, yes please.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 10:51 AM

Swapped these for the Elixirs on my P/J last night. Feel really good under the fingers - more compliant than the Elixirs, but still very responsive. Makes it easier to play fast with good articulation. Initial impression soundwise is that they have a punchy low mid presence and attractive sounding highs - not at all harsh or brittle. It will be interesting to see how they change with playing, but so far I'm very impressed.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 11:03 AM

I'm back in a band playing bass again (metal \m/ ) and our first gig is on the 31st January.

I haven't settled on a bass string brand yet, I've been using the ones I tend to win in raffles at Bassbashes.

I've been a bassist for many years and would be delighted to provide feedback on your strings.

BTW I'm old school and play 4 string basses.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 10:57 PM

Just put these on my fretted Precision and been playing with them for an hour or so, they feel really good, snappy and responsive, not rough on the fingers at all. They sound clear, balanced and confident, no harshness, lots of clarity, can't really fault them in any way. They're really fun to play.

I'm going to wear them in a bit and then they're going on the fretless for band practice, really looking forward to trying them at the rehearsal room.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:08 AM

Thanks to everyone for your interest, we have selected our 20 beta testers. Please feedback about your experience with NYXL Bass into this thread.
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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:14 AM

Thanks D'Addario, received the strings in record time! I've put these on a 4 string that was in desperate need of a restring. I'd echo the previous comments about tone, smooth with good harmonics and brightness, but not tipping into brittle or harsh territory. Very musical and pleasing to the ear. They really push out a full low end too. It goes to show that anyone having issues with their tone should try a string change first - it can be game changing!

I'm impressed with how well they hold their tuning even when brand new. I'm always reluctant to change strings leading up to a gig, but these really do seem to 'stretch out' very quickly.

I'll keep playing and checking back to see how they last longevity wise... But so far, so very good!

Really enjoying my 6 string playing too at the moment, so very much looking forward to playing an extended range in these when/if they become available.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 10:21 AM

Initial impression is very good as these look quality. I strung my Dingwall ABZ5 leaving the B string on (Newtone nickel) & these have a really nice feel to them & a finer wind than the Newtone. Nice brightness but not overly so & the tension also feels good on my extra long scale, unfortunately the E string is about 17mm short of the nut, so I've made a temp shim. Andrew said these were long scale (not super).

Tested them amplified at rehearsal yesterday & I think they are maybe the nicest nickels I've tried in a long time (usually use ss).
Like others have said I found no brittleness or harshness, just a lovely solid tone with a bit of crunch when digging in. Tuning stability seems pretty good too as I didn't even stretch beforehand & only needed a couple of minor tune ups during rehearsal.
I will certainly consider these if I choose nickels tho I might see if I can get a single super long E as I don't fancy gigging with the 'shim'.

I'll report back after they've had a fair few hours of play ... thanks against Andrew & D'Addario :)
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Posted 18 January 2016 - 10:37 AM

Ok here are what I've found so far.

Bass Used: Alembic Series II Europa 5 String Bass.
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Other strings I have experience with: Alembic Bass strings. 45 – 128, D’addario Pro Steels & Nickel 45 – 130, Elixir Coated Strings.

First impression after first stringing on bass and tuning to pitch:
  • Shiny and smooth to the touch and none of the abrasive feel or dragging that I normally experience with D’addario Pro Steels.
  • Less time to stretch strings in to maintained concert pitch.
First impression on playing at home:
  • Much less finger noise than the D’addario Pro-steels and Nickel strings when first new.
  • Heavier warmer bottom end response but with less note clarity than my normal pro-steels.
  • Less clarity and sparkle on the higher frequencies.
  • Feels like the strings have greater tension which is a double edged sword since while it gives a better more consistent feel on the low B and for some playing techniques like double thumbing I prefer slightly more give on the E,A,D,G strings since string bending is part of my technique.
  • Tonally these strings are not bright enough or have enough hi-fi sound for my preference when playing my Jazz-funk fusion based material however the extended bottom end seems perfect for warmer genre’s of music such as reggae and soul and with acoustic bands so I plan to try these strings out on my series I bass for reggae gig & rehearsals within the next few of weeks .
Tried them out again at rehearsal on Sunday afternoon and at higher than home volume using my Mesa Boogie walkabout head with my normal gigging settings that I'm familar with, into a Peavey TX810 cab. I could hear much more of the top and mid range from the strings than at home which is expected. The only things I wasn’t over the moon with was the notes seemed to break up with an edgy, slightly distorted tone on the G string when playing slap techniques.

On my bass when using pro-steels if I close the low pass filter there is usually still a little of the higher frequencies on the attack still evident and that gives me that note clarity. This wasn't as evident on the NYXK strings so I had to mix in a little of the bridge pickup to get me better articulation. I guess that could me more to do with the characteristic of pro-steels rather than anything lacking in nickel strings which seem to be warmer.

Got a gig tomorrow night so will see how they fare then and report back. So far so good.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 12:55 PM

What a great idea for a customer feedback road test. Sadly didn't sign up as nickel strings don't suit my skin (I'm a sensitive little soul) but will be watching with interest if there are any future tests for stainless or flats. Really interesting reading folks initial comments and will look forward to more considered thoughts post gigging. We often talk strings in similar ways to wine tasting descriptions but it's so few and far between that cross comparison or consensus is hard to build up. However, having a load of players commenting on the new design all at once and comparing with their previous strings should make for a fascinating experiment. Nice one!

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 02:37 PM

I put these strings on a squier VM jazz 5 string and as soon as i opened the pack they felt more flexible, not as rigid as the previous D'addario EXL170BT strings on the bass. When i strung them up the tension compared to the other strings was noticeably less and felt softer to the touch. They were easier on the fingers and maybe even slightly easier to play. I also noticed there was less string noise too
Using fingers they seemed to have more clarity and slightly more attack than the EXL170 strings, the notes popped out a bit more. they had a nice thump to them
For me the big difference was with a pick, a lot more attack and clarity, I really liked the sound of them when using the pick. They had a sharper sound, I thought straight away that it would be easy to get something very like the bass sound on peaches with a bit of overdrive? if that was the sound you liked.
The definition of the notes in both cases was really good and I actually prefer them to my EXL170's which are very good strings in any case. I would definitely buy a set in the future if they were in my price range.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

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What a great idea for a customer feedback road test. Sadly didn't sign up as nickel strings don't suit my skin (I'm a sensitive little soul) but will be watching with interest if there are any future tests for stainless or flats. Really interesting reading folks initial comments and will look forward to more considered thoughts post gigging. We often talk strings in similar ways to wine tasting descriptions but it's so few and far between that cross comparison or consensus is hard to build up. However, having a load of players commenting on the new design all at once and comparing with their previous strings should make for a fascinating experiment. Nice one!

It's only recently I've started to put two and two together about whether my skin is sensitive to nickel. For years I avoided nickel guitar strings of all makes only because when I was touring and playing on hot stages I realised that when I my fingers got a little sweaty, the coating came off the strings after one or two gigs and break. But when my fingers didn't get hot enough to perspire then I had no problems with nickel strings. Eventually for cost reasons I then tried Elixir coated and stainless steel strings for guitar when touring and nickel for less high temperature gigs. I've used stainless steel on most of my basses for about 2 - 3 years only because I like the brighter tone and the ones with nickel strings I have recently taken note that my fingers get sore when I play those basses and not on the pro-steel strung basses so my guess is it may be some kind of reaction to nickel although i find that hard to comprehend as bass playing fingertips are fairly well worn in. I like the tone of nickel for reggae so my hope with these strings are that being smoother they may not be an irritant. So far they have been fine on a 3 hour rehearsal. :-)
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 07:44 AM

Received mine on Saturday but didn't want to put them on my Stingray immediately as I had a gig that night. From what others have said so far, I needn't have worried about them staying in tune or being too bright. Will be putting them on this evening then a full band rehearsal tomorrow night so I'll report back then.
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 12:12 PM

Ok guys,

I'm one of those pesky testers (even though I'm not in the list at the beginning of the thread).

Received my set (45-130) and installed them in my main bass (Aria STP 5), I used them so far in 2 gigs and my impressions are as follows:

- They feel like my beloved EXL but extra smooth I played too gigs and my fingers didn't even notice it.
- The B string feels tight like the EXL but with more body and clarity. It doesn't get buried by my drummer's bass drum.
- The sound seems very open and by this I mean, fuller lows and more presence in the higher frequencies without being glassy or extra silky. The whole sound is just pleasant and for a MM type of bass like this one the G and D strings seem to come out clear and seem to match the other strings which is something I've always been annoyed by.
- The core seems firmer than the EXL which seems to work very well in this case, this doesn't seem to affect the overall feel of the strings.
- I had to change my EQ settings but I got a great sound very quickly (something close to a Nathan East esque sound which is the one I love :D :D)

So far I love them and reminds me why I keep coming back to my D'addarios no matter how many times I try other strings, simply because they are great to my fingers, they sound just the way I like, the price is right too and they last longer than the other I've tried.

I'm looking forward to my next gigs as I still have to test their durability but so far top marks.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 12:34 PM

D'Addario - how do these differ from normal XLs?

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:42 PM

View PostLayDownThaFunk, on 20 January 2016 - 12:34 PM, said:

D'Addario - how do these differ from normal XLs?

NYXL Bass differ to XLs in two main regards; construction and material. NYXL Bass strings use a different core to wrap ratio compared to our standard XLs, they are made of our proprietary high carbon NY Steel and plated using a reformulated nickel alloy. The effect of this is a stronger string that has better tuning stability, lasts longer and a more dynamic tonal response.
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:52 PM

View PostD'AddarioUK, on 20 January 2016 - 01:42 PM, said:

NYXL Bass differ to XLs in two main regards; construction and material. NYXL Bass strings use a different core to wrap ratio compared to our standard XLs, they are made of our proprietary high carbon NY Steel and plated using a reformulated nickel alloy. The effect of this is a stronger string that has better tuning stability, lasts longer and a more dynamic tonal response.

I love the 'whammy bar' test video D'addario did for the NYXL guitar strings! If that is anything to go by, then these NYXL Bass strings are going to be hard to beat. I agree with the comments above too. They sound REALLY good on my fave P bass - i think it is sounding better than ever actually.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 11:02 PM

Well, I received my strings a few days ago, thank you very much!

For those interested, the 5 string set is 130 100 80 65 45. I have used D'addarios on and off for around 7 years and I am a big fan of their Flex Steel, Pro Steel and Nickel sets, depending on the bass.

I tried these out on my Alpher Mako bass, replacing a Newtone Steel round core set 127 100 80 67 47, so a Nickel hex core makes for quite a different string , despite the gauges being very similar.

Upon stringing up and tuning, first thing I noticed was the much higher tension feel than the Newtone strings. Whilst round cores are more flexible in general, I was still surprised at how much stiffer they were.

I was quite amazed at how well these strings stayed in tune immediately after tuning to pitch for the first time. I can't remember ever tuning up new strings and not having to adjust the next time I picked the bass up.

These strings are LOUD and very punchy. A good bit louder than the Newtons. Lots of low end and low mids rumble, quite a signature tone of these strings as eqing never really dialled this 'tone' out. Not boomy, but thick. Highs are very 'polite' with not too much zing for fresh strings. I haven't tried the Nickel D'addarios for a while but off memory they are a less zingy, and much less zingy than pro steels/flex steels. Finger noise is low and the higher tension meant low fret noise too. Its interesting to read some comments about the strings sounding 'open'; I actually found the sound quite focussed. They sound equally good with fingers and with a plectrum, they don't seem particularly suited to slap.

Strings smooth and comfortable to play, good balanced sound across all strings with pleasant harmonic content. Use of these has been limited to amplified home use through a Markbass combo and headphone use through an iOS setup.

Obviously have to see how they break in, and I understand longevity is a big part of the pitch here, but initial thoughts:

Pros
Loud and punchy
Nice sound straight out the pack
Smooth and balanced

Cons
Higher tension than similar gauge strings (which could be a Pro for others)
Very much have a tone signature that some may not like
Wont be bright enough for some

For me, the tension is a bit of a killer as I like a more flexible string, so I do not think I will be investing in these beyond this beta set. However, lets see how they break in.

I understand that these strings are going to be around the £30 mark, which if true will put them above flex steels as the top price of the D'addario RW range. If they make a lighter set when released I could revisit, but not as they are.

This probably comes across more negative than perhaps is fair or even intended, but I think more than anything they were perhaps just not quite what I was expecting or hoping for.
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Posted 21 January 2016 - 06:12 PM

I received a 4 string set to test and decided to put them on my EBMM Stingray HH. I wanted to get a comparison between the test set and the Ernie Ball Slinky Nickel’s that I have always used on this bass. The reason I have always used the Slinky’s is that these were the strings that EBMM fitted to the bass and they just work for me – sounded great from day one. I was however curious to see what difference another manufacturer’s strings would make (if any) and would I prefer something else or be hankering to get back to the Slinky’s? The D’addario NYXL’s are Nickel 45-100’s as are the Slinky’s (the ones in the pink packaging) so materials of construction and sizes are the same – ideal for a comparison.

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Before fitting the strings I immediately noticed how tight the wrap was on the core. These are very smooth to the touch. I suspect that these strings will keep their tone for a long time as there is less of a gap between the wrap for grease and grime from the fingertips to accumulate. They look closer to flats than rounds in this respect. The quality of the strings is evident and another plus for me is that there are no silks which I personally do not like. So, first impressions are good.

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Once installed and tuned to EADG (hey, I’m a traditionalist), I gave them a tug and got them back to pitch. I played for a while acoustically then checked the tuning again. They were still in tune and stable. Initial thoughts were that they weren’t as bright as I have come to expect from a fresh set of strings and again the smoothness to the touch was obvious. There was very little finger or fret noise and sliding across the frets was a pleasure – you could hear clearly defined notes rather than the metal-on-metal sound which you can sometimes get. I tried fingerstyle and played with a pick and both styles sounded great. I gave them a quick slap (just to see how they sounded as I don’t usually play in this style (traditionalist remember)) and they didn’t seem to have the same level of transient attack that I have experienced with other strings – the brightness just wasn’t there.

I then plugged in to my home practice amp (Roland Cube 20XL) and played for a while at low volume. Initial thoughts were that they sounded like a set of strings that have been played-in – not worn but just at that sweet-spot that you get when any initial brightness (brittleness?) has disappeared following a few hours playing. That was Tuesday evening, on Wednesday evening I had a rehearsal with the band (5 piece female fronted pop/rock band). This was the opportunity to try them at volume and in the mix.

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I was a little surprised at how much I needed to increase the volume of the amp from its usual setting to get the bass to sit right in the mix. The gain and output volume levels are both usually around 10 o’clock however I increased both of these to 12 o’clock to obtain the same perceived volume that I usually play at in this environment (same people, same room, same equipment). The settings on the bass were the same as I always use (volume full on, treble set in the middle, mids & bass increased from the middle setting slightly). I was using the inner coils which is my preferred setting for the majority of time I play on this bass. EQ on the amp was flat (as I always have it). The difference in tone was very perceivable which I was surprised at (maybe it’s not all in the fingers after all). I had a choice to make. Do I try to tweak the eq to chase the sound I am used to hearing (and know and love) or do I leave it as it is and accept that these are different strings (and I was looking to try something different anyway) so just roll with it. I decided to change nothing and carry on.

For maybe the first half hour or so, I was focussed on my tone which was very pleasant (warm, full and round) but different (I’m used at a more middy, aggressive tone). However the difference was soon forgotten as we began working on new material. By the end of the night, I had forgotten all about the differences as you get used to what you’ve got. No-one else in the room noticed any difference whatsoever which maybe isn’t too surprising :ph34r:. Getting back to the strings again, the tension is good (nothing was ‘floppy’) and the sound was even across all 4 strings.

Do I like them? Yes, they are a good quality string, made of Nickel (which is my preferred choice) and they are my preferred size. Do I prefer them to the Slinky’s………I don’t know yet. I will need to give them some time and forget about the differences between the strings to reach an unbiased opinion. I will keep these strings on until they are dead (which will give me plenty of time to adapt to the tonal differences). It will also give a good measure as to how long they last.

In conclusion, I am so used to hearing ‘my sound’ that any difference to me is perceptible. I have read that strings can make a huge difference but my previous experiences with other basses (Fender Jazz, Fender Precision, Musicman Stingray, Yamaha TRB5Pii, Fender Jazz deluxe, EBMM 25TH Anniversary HSS) and string manufacturers (Elites, Slinky’s, Rotosound, Fender – inc nickel & stainless steel) have made less of a difference than what I have just experienced with this particular bass, with these particular strings in this particular environment. Very thought provoking!

I particularly like the smoothness, the tension, the feel and the evenness between the strings. I also really like the tone. They also stayed in tune all night.

These strings would suit a player that is looking for a great tone that is achieved immediately they are fitted (they don’t need ‘playing-in’ to remove any brittleness). I also suspect that they could appeal to those who enjoy some of the benefits of flats (with the tight wrap) but the tone of rounds.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try these strings out. Further updates to come as and when anything worth reporting back occurs.

Edited by mr zed, 22 January 2016 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 08:43 AM

I'm extremely impressed with the depth and quality of the feedback posted so far, thank you very much from all of us here at D'Addario to all those taking part in the NYXL Bass beta test. Keep up the good work!
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Posted 22 January 2016 - 04:24 PM

I did a gig at the Jam house in Brum using these on my Alembic Series II bass on Tuesday night into the same rig as I noted above. The overall tone is much warmer generally and really well suited to some of the 70's and early 80's jazz funk tracks we were playing. However I didn't get the crispness on the attack that I really enjoy with playing the more recent tracks we play but then my normal strings are pro-steels so thats probably understandable. What I was really impressed with was the tonal balance across the strings.

My basses are well balanced tonally across the strings and having low pass filters there is no facility to boost anything under 350Hz from the bass directly so whatever bottom end is lurking there, and there is a lot of it, is unadulterated and down to strings and how they are played (IMHO). I also don't get the feeling that the B-string is from a different planet and the higher tension feeling on the B string really helps there. ( I don't actually know if these NYXL strings are higher tension but its how they feel to me). Anyway I was impressed with how these strings seemed to keep a much tighter connection between the B and other strings than i feel with the Pro-steels so whilst there is a warmer bottom end on these strings they all work together with good string to string tonal balance. We did a couple of jazz infused reggae numbers which really made the most of the warmer sound.

My next gig at the moment is on 13th Feb with Musical Youth so I plan to move the strings to my other Series I bass which has a much warmer bottom end anyway so it should be a match made in heaven.

Are you guys planning to make any Pro-Steel versions, I'd love to try those out too. The smooth finish is a big plus for me means you can use them straight away without having to compensate for finger drag that you get on new pro steels.

Edited by jazzyvee, 22 January 2016 - 04:32 PM.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 09:11 PM

After saying that I would fit these strings on Sunday,impatience got the better of me and I fitted them to my Status on Thursday night.
I found that they had a higher tension,as other testers reported,and that they retained tuning fantastically.A quick tune,pull to stretch,then retune is all that was needed.Under the fingers they feel fast and less "grippy" than other roundwounds.
Played acoustically,the strings felt more like an old set that had settled in rather than a fresh set,so I plugged into my practice amp(25W Marlin that was my 1st amp).
With the onboard pre-amp set treble flat and bass at 75%,I was hearing a solid tone with a low mid bias.As others have said ,the top end was polite instead of zingy,and overall there was a pleasing warmth to the tone.
These strings are very sensitive to finger position,as moving my plucking hand just one inch in front of the pickup gave me a much more rounded and vintage tone.
Digging in will give you a growl,but I concede that this could be due as much to the bass pickups as the strings,but I will add that the growl factor was never overpowering,and the fundamental warmth was always there.
Tomorrow I will be recording with them,so I hope to be pleasantly surprised by them.
Would I buy them?Well,price will be a factor.Elite Players,which are my default strings,retail at £19.95.I feel that these strings will be at least £25,but if they last well I could be converted.
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Posted 24 January 2016 - 12:52 PM

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the beta testers. I put the strings on last weekend and have played three gigs with them since.

I've strung them onto a Japanese Fender 62 reissue Jazz that's been modified, most significantly with SD Quarter Pounders and Badass II Bridge.

I find testing strings quite difficult as a fresh set of strings always sound awesome compared to well used strings and in the real world it's not always realistic for a consumer to do proper A/B tests.

I'm used to using either 100 or 105 pro steels or 100 EXP coated Nickel Strings, or Thomastic flats.

All gigs were played with a GK MB500, Zoom B1on and the second two I had a graphic eq in the chain. The first two gigs were played through two Eden 1x12 cabs, the third through a Nemesis 4 x 10.

Initial impressions - Taking them out of the packet, sealed factory fresh as always, the strings felt smooth, almost slippery, and I had to check that they weren't coated. The wind is nice - almost has a slight ground wound feel to it which makes them a quite a fast and comfortable string to play. Putting them on, they seemed compliant, and i didn't have to fight the strings at all to get them on.

As you's expect from Nickel strings, they don't have that horrible brittle clang to them that new stainless strings can have. Having said that, when popped, they do cut through nicely, however there seems to be some natural compression in them that equalises volume when slapping, so I think these could appeal quite well to slap/funk players who are looking for something with a bit of body to their sound whilst retaining a crisp and authoritative cutting edge.

As far as tuning stability is concerned, to be honest, I never noticed a great deal of difference to what I'm used to. Having said that, I'm pretty active and aggressive on stage so it's inevitable that I'm gonna have to make some tuning adjustments between sets.

I struggled with my tone at the first gig - the one the video is taken from, but this was nothing to do with the strings, more because I didn't have an eq in my chain. Things improved the second night where I could fine tune using a graphic.

The third night, I had my big cab and my sound really came to life. Rolling off the tone and using the front pickup, I had a solid and full bottom end for 'I Shot The Sheriff'. Tone full on and front pickup and she growled for England for 'I Fought The law'. Burping over the back pickup I had all the twang I needed for 'Psycho Killer' and kicking a boost in, I just loved the bass figure that sits behind the solo on 'All Right Now' - proper piano string tone.

Sustain was great - I think improved over other D'addario strings I've played. The smooth feel also helped reduce finger noise which is a benefit when playing quieter stuff. I noticed this particularly on the first gig where we played metallics's 'and nothing else matters' and I double the arpeggio during the verses.

I loved these strings, particularly through my bigger rig. Below is a video from the first night - only recorded via the camera's built in mic but sounds OK!

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 03:23 PM

If anyone finds the strings are not for them, please pass them on to others to give a try :)
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Posted 24 January 2016 - 05:52 PM

View PostBilly Apple, on 24 January 2016 - 03:23 PM, said:

If anyone finds the strings are not for them, please pass them on to others to give a try :)

I'm up for unwanted strings! Must be uncut or at least cut for a Fender headstock, thanks...

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 06:48 PM

A quick addition to my earlier post.
I tried these strings on the Status,but fired up the Zoot/Markbass rig today.
Oh God yes,these are just what I needed.Warmth,focus and power.Not too much growl,but not too polite either.
I can only hope that the price will be keen on these as I dearly want them to be my string of choice.
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