#1
I just had to change to stainless steel string due to a high sensitivity to nickel, I've played with them for a couple of days and it feels better on my fingers but I just don't like the sound. At all. Way too bright for me.

Is there any way I could capture the nicklewound string tone with some sort of SS strings? Or am I doomed to live the rest of my days with a tone that I do not find can give me satisfaction?

Because I am NOT playing with gloves on
#2
when doing stainless steels (Which I use because I like the brightness) just stretch them A LOT.......after they die quite a bit the sound gets Much duller. Also on your amp try turning the treble and presence down, I play with my treble usually at 5 or lower because my strings are so bright.
#3
You could try flat-wound stainless steel strings.

Also, what a thread title...
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#4
just play with the rustiest strings you can find forever, eventually your calluses will will be rock hard and you could play nickel strings without a problem. Maybe you could start playing a lighter gauge nickel string too so it isn't digging into your fingers so much. I know it's probably not the answer you are looking for but it will help you in the long run
#5
Your life is shit because you spent £10 on some strings that dont sound right.

What has the world come to.
#6
I know you said you aren't going to play with gloves on, but try some surgical latex gloves. You'll not come into contact with the nickel then, and you can still feel the strings fairly well, as the gloves are quite thin.
#7
Quote by robhc
I know you said you aren't going to play with gloves on, but try some surgical latex gloves. You'll not come into contact with the nickel then, and you can still feel the strings fairly well, as the gloves are quite thin.


Wouldn't it look slightly creepy if he wore latex gloves on stage if he is or will be in a band lol?
#8
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Wouldn't it look slightly creepy if he wore latex gloves on stage if he is or will be in a band lol?

Yeah it would, but he maybe likes looking creepy!
Although they'd cling to the strings too much, sliding would certainly be a pain in the ass.
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Wouldn't it look slightly creepy if he wore latex gloves on stage if he is or will be in a band lol?


What's more important? Getting the tone you want, or not looking strange?
#10
Gotta love first world problems.

That is unfortunate though, TS. Can't really think of anything other than simply turning down the treble on your amp.
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#11
I know a luthier near me makes copper strings, maybe look into that? The name is Petillo, located in New Jersey. Phillip (founder) has recently passed away, but his son David is a chip off the old block. google Petillo guitars and give the guy a ring.
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What's more important? Getting the tone you want, or not looking strange?

Tone over looks. Again, not wearing gloves though

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I know a luthier near me makes copper strings, maybe look into that? The name is Petillo, located in New Jersey. Phillip (founder) has recently passed away, but his son David is a chip off the old block. google Petillo guitars and give the guy a ring.

Do you know if he ships them internationally? I'm from Europe
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I know a luthier near me makes copper strings, maybe look into that? The name is Petillo, located in New Jersey. Phillip (founder) has recently passed away, but his son David is a chip off the old block. google Petillo guitars and give the guy a ring.

They must cost a fortune, and oxidize instantly. That really sounds like a terrible idea.
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Tone over looks. Again, not wearing gloves though


Do you know if he ships them internationally? I'm from Europe


No clue, sorry. Try sending him an email?
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Quote by robhc
I know you said you aren't going to play with gloves on, but try some surgical latex gloves. You'll not come into contact with the nickel then, and you can still feel the strings fairly well, as the gloves are quite thin.

You could wear just one, put sequins on it, and grab your crotch with it occasionally too.
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#17
Try soaking the SS strings in vinegar overnight?
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#18
Lower your pickups, maybe. You get less brilliance on your sound the farther the magnets are from the strings.
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#21
people use super glue to harden their hands for playing guitar, maybe a dab of super glue on the tips of your fingers would allow you to play with nickel strings.

just so you don't think i am crazy, you just put a dab on their, let them harden and you can peel them off real easy when you're done.
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