12-54 Med-Light Pure Nickel Guitar String Set

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Curt Mangan 12-54 Electric Guitar Pure Nickel Medium Light Set.

Gauges: 12-16-24W-32-44-54
String Length: 43 inches

Pure Nickel wound strings were used exclusively on most guitars built in Fiftys and most of the Sixtys. Pure Nickel has a slightly warmer tone than nickel-plated steel and is preferred by many blues artists.

Pure Nickel Wound strings are created by wrapping Pure Nickel alloys around a hex-shaped core wire which is made from tin-plated high-carbon steel (same as plain strings, but hex-shaped).
Ever want to create your own customized and personalized guitar, bass, mandolin or banjo sets? Curt Mangan Strings lets you choose the alloy and custom gauge strings that you want, plus you can design your sets to be the perfect balanced tension sets you’ve been searching for. You can also have your name printed on the labels. Just click here for more information
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2 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by nathan kellstadt on 25th Aug 2020

    Fantastic strings as usual. I've bought mandolin, bass & guitar strings from Curt and at this point just assume the strings will be great (which they always are).

  • 5
    Pure Nickel 12-54

    Posted by Don Tillman on 14th Apr 2019

    First off, I'm not a typical guitarist. I have my own approach to the instrument, steeped in tradition, but with a twist. My guitar of choice is a Rickenbacker 370, and my goal is a clean warm jazz tone, plus a smooth brightness. Not a typical situation, certainly, but unexplored territory is a great source of inspiration.

    I appreciate heavier gauge strings for a sound with more meat, that speaks with more authority. And I spent some time trying out various 12-to-50-something sets from the various manufacturers, and taking notes.

    I heard something special with this Curt Mangan set. It's in the *attack* of the note. The attack is different here. It's bigger, it carries more punch. The effect is subtle, but it also responds to the way I play, and I've developed a technique that brings it out.

    It helps to use a heavy gauge pick, traditional celluloid material, for the resonance, and the pick resonance seems to work with the attack. I can control how the attack speaks with the energy I put into each note.

    Especially with the neck pickup alone. Then dial in a little of the middle pickup, and I've revoiced the attack. Very cool. (Mixing in the middle pickup is a very common electrical mod to the Ricky 370.)

    That impressed me.

    So yeah, when I try out a new set of strings now, the first thing I listen for is the attack.

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