10.5-48 Nickel Wound Guitar String Set

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Curt Mangan 10.5-48 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings
Gauges: 10.5-14-17P-26W-38-48
String Length: 43 inches

Nickel wound guitar strings are made by winding nickel-plated steel wire around a tin-plated, high-carbon steel hex core wire. (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. Nickel wound guitar strings have a very balanced tonal response with sparkling highs, clear mid-range and defined bass. These guitar strings are available in many gauges as single strings and you can also build your own custom gauge nickel guitar string sets with you own perfect balanced tension.

Curt Mangan guitar strings have an overall length of 43 inches with winding to 38.5 inches. All Curt Mangan guitar strings are made with USA made wire.

This guitar string set is also available in pure nickel with hex-core.

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8 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Jason Saathoff on 15th Feb 2020

    These are the best things I’ve ever used in 35 years

  • 5
    10.5-48 strings

    Posted by Joe on 6th Dec 2019

    These are probably the best strings I’ve ever used. Was struggling a bit with 11 gauge, and wanted to try the 10.5s.
    I came across the Mangan brand very happy I did.
    These bend like 10s, crisp sounding, good lows good highs. I ordered 2 dozen. Great packaging.

  • 5

    Posted by Brad Bond on 22nd Jul 2019

    First time user. Initial thoughts are that these strings are very comfortable. Sounds silly right? Put them on my number 1 guitar and played multiple nights in a row and even several hours each day with zero finger fatigue. That was even stepping up from a standard 10 gauge set to the 10.5 set. Stayed in tune, nice string to string tone balance. I am definitely drinking from the Mangan still now!!

  • 5
    10.5 string set

    Posted by LarryR on 16th May 2019

    After years of experimentation and different types of strings, my fingers and ears have finally felt like they've come home. Thank you.

  • 5
    Greatest sounding roundwounds ive played

    Posted by Sebastian on 20th Oct 2018

    The best strings i have played, perfect for my telecaster where 11s are just a tad to thick.

  • 5

    Posted by Marko on 14th May 2018


  • 4
    The ideal "compromise" strings

    Posted by Kevin Vaillant on 30th Jul 2015

    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.

  • 5
    You owe it to yourself....

    Posted by vaillantk on 25th Jul 2012 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

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