Samuel C Lees puts our range of electric guitar strings head-to-head to demonstrate what makes each set unique. British Steels, Rotos, Pure Nickels, and Ultramag models are compared with the same guitar part and then played demonstrating how each set excels for a particular music style.
Each of these string models utilise different wrap wire materials: stainless steel, nickel-coated steel, nickel, and type-52 alloy. All of the plain strings are high-tensile tinned steel so you'll only hear a difference in the wound strings.
This video is made in partnership with Wilkinson Direct and each string type is demonstrated with both singlecoil and humbucker pickups from Wilkinson. It also features their WLS130 locking saddles, which offer an unparalleled transmission of string vibration – ideal for comparing the effect of different types of strings.
Filmed and edited by JLVisionography
00:00 Intro and setup
00:51 About the Wilkinson WLS130 saddles
01:19 British Steels – singlecoils
01:48 British Steels – humbuckers
02:14 British Steels – vintage rock a la Jimi
02:58 Pure Nickels – singlecoils
03:25 Pure Nickels – humbuckers
03:52 Pure Nickels – bluesy and warm
04:27 Rotos – singlecoils
04:54 Rotos – humbuckers
05:18 Rotos – silky rock solo
05:52 Ultramag – singlecoils
06:19 Ultramag – humbuckers
06:46 Ultramag – power at your fingertips
• About Rotosound:
Rotosound are manufacturers of the World’s Finest Music Strings - a legacy which goes back to the birth of Rock n’ Roll itself. Since 1958 Rotosound strings have been an ever-present on some of the most famous recordings ever heard.
Developed in conjunction with some of the world's top artists, Rotosound strings are synonymous with unbeatable tone and longevity and are manufactured in Great Britain.