Monel has been around since the early 1900’s and consists of 67% Pure Nickel, 30% Copper, 3% of the magic juice that contains magnesium, zinc and other elements making Monel resistant to salt water (sweat). Monel also has a very unique “earthy” tone and is used on both acoustics and electric instruments. It has built in natural resistance to tarnish and corrosion yet it feels great to the touch and has its own unique tonal color. Monel provides a very rich tone on the neck pickup and this great little growl on the bridge pick up. For acoustic instruments it seems to bring out more the wood sound.
I have a pine bodied Telecaster with a Broadcaster Alnico 3 10K bridge pickup and 8K Alnico 3 neck pickup which sounded really nice with the Mangan round core Pure Nickel 9-42... But I wanted a little more "spank" for this guitar because it doesn't have a naturally taut / plucky low end. The Monel set gave me JUST enough added top end over the Pure Nickel set without losing the warm tone & great feel.