Dean Markley DM2604A [DISPLAY MODEL]
.045-.105 Signature NickelSteel Medium Light Bass Guitar Strings

OUR PART #:  DM2604A-DIS-01

The Nickel-Plated Steel outer wrap on Dean Markley NickleSteel Bass™ strings provides a solid, full bright sound with a smooth feel.
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Dean Markley DM2604A [DISPLAY MODEL]
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The Nickel-Plated Steel outer wrap on Dean Markley NickleSteel Bass™ strings provides a solid, full bright sound with a smooth feel. They're packed with punch and feel just great.

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G - .045

D - .065

A - .085

E - .105

With the exception of strings smaller than .050, all of Dean Markley's bass strings are made using compounded winding. This simply means that they are building the mass of the string using smaller incremental sizes of wire. The winding directions are reversed between layers to "cross-hatch" the covers, making the string smoother.

The term "compound wound" does not necessarily mean two covers. When they get to thicker gauges like .095, Dean Markley uses three covers. At .120, they use four covers, while other manufacturers continue to use no more than three covers on large strings. They do this for two reasons: First, they try to use a reasonably small final cover. This makes the string's surface as smooth as possible. And second, compounding allows us to use a smaller more flexible core wire, which enhances the string's playability.

As an additional and very important factor, the process tension (the tension that the core is held at during the winding process) is equally important to obtain the final recipe that Dean Markley desires.

Another factor Dean Markley considers when creating their bass strings is the "core to cover ratio." These ratios vary as they hone in on just the right mix that offers the best playability and durability. If a string is designed in such a way that the core percentage is too large, then playability is sacrificed. If the core percentage is too small, the string can break, and obviously that isn’t what a player wants.

There is a rule that comes from the early 1900's piano string industry that states that a string's tension should never exceed 66% of the breaking point of the core. Dean Markley's engineering philosophy maintains a 60% rule when developing new designs, because their strings are plucked, slapped, or worse, and not hammered like a piano. Each material used has a specific weight which influences tension, so they use mathematical modeling to determine just the right mix of core to wrap. Sounds technical, but the important result is a great sounding string that lasts.

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