String Length: 43 inches
Nickel-Plated Steel wound strings were introduced in the late Sixties and have become the most popular alloy for electric guitars and bass. Nickel-plated steel tends to offer the most balanced tone.
Nickel Wound strings are created by wrapping Nickel-Plated Steel alloys around a hex-shaped core wire which is made from tin-plated high-carbon steel (same as plain strings, but hex-shaped). The “core-to-wrap” ratio is the combined diameters of the core wire and the wrap wire which creates the overall diameter of the string.
I first heard about Curt's 10.5 set when reading an interview by Bill Kirchen a few years ago. I had sort of taken to using .10 string sets on the lower wound strings but replacing at least the unwound "B & E" strings with corresponding gauges from an ".11" set, it just felt right, but was not an ideal solution having extra unused strings around. So, when Bill mentioned he was using Curt Mangan 10.5 Fusion- Matched sets I ordered a few packs of both the Nickelwound (for Darker-toned guitars) and Pure Nickel for my brighter guitars. I also like Curt's .11 light Phosphor Bronze for my Acoustics. Very pleased with the product AND the always prompt shipping.
....to try a few packs of these ! I read an interview with Bill Kirchen, originally from around the D.C. / MD area were I live. He spoke highly of this set of strings. I play both Gibson (24.75 in.) and Fender (25.5 in.) as well as Danelectro and Gretsch (25 in.) Scale guitars and I find 10s too light for the Gibsons and 11s too heavy for the Fenders, so this "10.5 scale" set (my words, you'll have to compare each string to what you're using now to judge which strings are lighter or heavier) is perfect for me- I don't have to worry about stocking two different sets of string gauges all the time. These work well on both or all types of guitars. You may prefer the Pure Nickels on your already-bright guitars (Danelectro, etc.) - I use both those and these Steel Core/ Nickel wrapped sets...couldn't be happier. Thanks to Curt Mangan for stepping out of the norm on these- definately a win !!! vaillantk in Rockville, MD