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WRAP (OR WINDING) MATERIAL
Wrap Material refers to the metal used in a wound guitar & bass string construction.

N.B. This does NOT relate to the non-wound strings in electric and acoustic sets (high E, B, and sometimes G), which are referred to as “plain strings”, and are generally always made of plain or high-carbon steel, though there are exceptions, such as coated or plated strings.

 

Electric Guitars and Basses
Wrap material is important to take into account when it comes to electric guitars and basses because, for the most part, they use magnetic pickups, and the type of metal used largely affects the magnetic output of the string, thus affecting tone by dictating how hard the pickup is driven. While any of the sets mentioned below can sound great on any guitar, there are a few defining characteristics to each that are important to remember. As always, there are sometimes exceptions, and it is important to read descriptions carefully before purchasing, but here is a good general guide:


NICKEL-PLATED - shop Nickel-plated strings >
Nickel-plated electric strings consist of nickel-plated steel wire wound around a steel core, which produce a tone that is rich and full, while also relatively bright. These are by far the most popular choice for electric guitarists and bassists, and are found in most of the standard sets available today, such as Ernie Ball Slinkys and the D'Addario EXL series.

PURE NICKEL - shop pure Nickel strings >
Pure Nickel electric strings consist of a pure nickel wire wound around a steel core, which produce a warm, smooth tone due to their low magnetic output. These are popular with guitarists seeking a more 'vintage' tone, as most early electric guitar strings were produced this way.

STAINLESS STEEL - shop stainless steel strings >
Stainless-steel guitar strings consist of a stainless-steel wire wound around a steel core, which produce a very bright, clear tone and longer sustain due to their high magnetic output. These are popular with guitarists seeking a punchy, heavy tone when overdriven, or for those who prefer plenty of twang in their clean tone.

GOLD-PLATED - shop Gold-plated strings >
Gold-plated electric strings consist of a gold-plated steel wire wound around a steel core, which produce a bright, brilliant tone with plenty of sustain. These are famously used and endorsed by Brian May of Queen.

MONEL - shop Monel strings >
Monel electric strings consist of a relatively evenly mixed nickel/copper alloy wire wound around a steel core, which produce a tone that is similar to pure nickel, but somewhat brighter. In fact, due to it's anti-corrosive properties and increased strength, Monel has been used in the string industry as an alternative to pure nickel as far back as the 1930's.

ALLOY-52 - shop Alloy-52 strings >
Alloy 52 electric strings consist of a 52% nickel/48% iron alloy wire wound around a steel core, which produce a bright, punchy tone due to their high magnetic output.

COBALT - shop Cobalt strings >
Cobalt electric strings consist of a cobalt/iron alloy wire wound around a steel core, which produce a loud, bright, punchy, clear tone due their very high magnetic output.


For visual approximation of brightness vs. output have a look at the graph below.*