News for nickel al­lergy sufferers

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

Ro­to­sound’s Bri­tish Steels, de­signed to give gui­tarists a great tone, sus­tain and vol­ume, are also nickel free mak­ing them great for gui­tar play­ers who suf­fer al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to the metal. Nickel is present in many metal items be­cause it is in­ex­pen­sive, adds dura­bil­ity and lus­tre to other metals. It is used in the man­u­fac­ture of elec­tric gui­tar strings be­cause it also ex­hibits fer­ro­mag­netic prop­er­ties that help mag­netic based pick­ups func­tion prop­erly. How­ever nickel can be one of the most com­mon causes of al­ler­gic con­tact der­mati­tis, which once de­vel­oped will mean the metal will al­ways need to be avoided. Ro­to­sound Bri­tish Steels strings of­fer an al­ter­na­tive that means those with nickel sen­si­tiv­ity can still en­joy the plea­sure of play­ing the gui­tar with­out com­pro­mis­ing on bril­liant tone, great sus­tain, a pos­i­tive grip or su­pe­rior length of string life.

Made the same to­day as they have al­ways been since the 1960s, Ro­to­sound’s Bri­tish Steels were de­vel­oped when there was no op­tion for nickel al­loys. The bright­ness of sound, twang, crunchy tone and highly tex­tured feel is what has made them pop­u­lar with great like Jimi Hen­drix, who we’re told used them to record Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced, Axis Bold As Love and Elec­tric Lady­land. When Queen recorded A Night At The Opera, Brian May was us­ing Ro­to­sound Bri­tish Steel strings, as was Jeff Lynne when he recorded Out Of The Blue with ELO . Visit­to­ for fur­ther de­tails.

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