String companies now make pure nickel blues guitar strings made form solid nickel windings. DR and other string companies market these as Blues strings. Nickel has different magnetic and hardness properties than stainless steels.
Stainless steel is a more common material for strings. Nickel strings have a more mellow sound. But is this mellow sound better for the blues, and is it the right sound for you?
For guitarists, the latest is NOT always the greatest. The pursuit of tone and what sounds best always trumps how new or old the technology is.
Solid nickel windings are an old technology that have been around since the 1950’s. They have made a comeback in recent years. Will stringing your guitar with these solid nickel strings give your guitar the blues?
Watch the video to hear the difference that a thicker set of DR Blues pure nickel strings makes, verses standard strings used on an electric guitar.
Both sets of strings in the video were used on the same guitar with identical tone and effects applied (except for a slight volume adjustment due to the heavier string gauge of the nickel strings).
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Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky Set, .010-.046
DR Strings Pure Blues Pure Nickel Wrap Round Core 10-46
Ernie Ball 2215 Skinny Top Heavy Bottom (3-pack)
DR Strings Pure Blues Pure Nickel Wrap Round Core 9-46
Ernie Ball Classic Pure Nickel Super Slinky Set, .009 – .042
Every guitarist should own a string winder tool. Not only do they save time to wind the strings, but they usually have other tools built into them. For example, if you own a steel string acoustic guitar, the string winder may also have a peg puller feature. They also are likely to have a string cutter to trim the ends of the strings. One tool can last a long time, if not a lifetime. Order one today along with your new strings to make your string changing easier and faster.
Lemon oil for guitars
When changing strings it’s a good time to clean and condition your fretboard. I use a lemon oil, but a little goes a long way.