Warmest guitar strings?

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Warmest guitar strings?

Postby relias7505 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:57 am

What are the warmest guitar strings you can get? I heard nickel and flat wound are the warmest
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Re: Warmest guitar strings?

Postby HarlowTheFish » Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:29 am

Pure nickel flats, by far. Something heavier gauge will also warm up the treble and thicken up the low end.

I prefer pure nickel rounds if I'm going for that vibe, because the wound and unwound strings sound a bit more balanced - in a set of flats, the wound strings sound a lot bassier and rounder than the plain strings.

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Re: Warmest guitar strings?

Postby helldorado » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:04 am

Pure nickel is definitely the way to go. Also look for round core vs hex core on your wound strings. Flats will always be warmer, but they can lose too much top end for some and don't bend the same way, so a half-round or polished string can be a good intermediary.

Stringjoy just released their Broadway round core, pure nickel strings. That's a good option, IMO. You'll need to look for some of the boutique brands or those catering to jazz / old school players. Curt Mangan had good options, Pyramid does hand polished, Throbak, DR Pure Blues, etc...

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