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Helix NPS Bass

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THE REVOLUTIONARY SOUND OF THE FUTURE

Nickel Plated Steel is a wire used in quality musical strings. Because of the nature of the alloy, NPS has a little smoother outside feel. It also has a special kind of “Growl” that some people refer to. Full of tone and a great feel, Helix NPS is one of the great bass strings in the Helix Bass line. Helix NPS Bass features a patent pending design and construction. Just like the SS Helix Bass, NPS Bass features the Hyper Elliptical Windings (compressed from side to side), which gives Helix more Mass and Tone, as well as extended life. This Hyper Elliptical winding is what gives Helix its special feel—a more relaxed feel, with a lot less squeak and sliding noises than normal strings.

Give both Helix SS and NPS a try. It's the only way to find which alloy expresses your music the best. And like many other bassists, you may discover that having Helix SS on one bass and Helix NPS on another bass gives you the greatest variety of tones. This gives you the exact tone you want for any song!

Gauges

4 String
G D A E
2610 LT .040 .060 .080 .100
2611 ML .045 .065 .085 .105
2612 MED .050 .070 .085 .105

 

5 String
G D A E B
2610B LT .044 .060 .080 .100 .125
2611B ML .045 .065 .085 .105 .128
2612B MED .050 .070 .085 .105 .128


Dean Markley Bass Strings Intelligently constructed with our unique approach to compound winding.

Most of you may not realize the technology and finesse involved in creating our strings. Here at Dean Markley, the way we make bass strings, and for that matter all of our strings, is unique. Every company makes ‘em a bit different, and the "recipes," while they may look the same, can be quite diverse.

With the exception of strings smaller than .050, all of our bass strings are made using compounded winding. This simply means that we 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. This makes the string smoother.

The term "compound wound" does not necessarily mean two covers. When we get to thicker gauges like .095, we use three covers. At .120 we use four covers, while other manufacturers continue to use no more than three covers on large strings. We do this for two reasons. First, we 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 we desire.

Another factor we consider when creating our bass strings is the "core to cover ratio." These ratios vary as we 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. Our engineering philosophy maintains a 60% rule when developing new designs, because our strings are plucked, slapped, or worse, and not hammered like a piano. Each material used has a specific weight which influences tension, so we 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. So thump ‘em, slap ‘em, pick ‘em, caress ‘em. They’ll give you the love right back with tone, resonance, and sustain that just doesn’t quit.