News for nickel allergy sufferers
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 . Visit www.rotosound.com for further details.