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Mötley Crüe Bassist Nikki Sixx Teams with Dean Markley USA

Published 9 years ago on May 23, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Mötley Crüe Bassist Nikki Sixx Teams with Dean Markley USA -

Dean Markley USA today announced the release of the new Nikki Sixx Helix HD SS Bass Strings. This collaboration with Mötley Crüe bassist, Nikki Sixx, offers the exact string type and gauges he uses on stage. The Nikki Sixx strings are constructed of stainless steel alloy and feature new Helix patent-pending hyper-elliptical windings. As Nikki puts it: "Dean Markley puts the bite back in the bass sound."

With over a year of research and development, the Helix string uses a precise elliptical shape for the winding wire. The shape then had to be paired with the correct winding process. The hyper-elliptical winding process results in an increased number of wraps along the length of the string. This increases the mass of the string without changing its diameter or material. More mass makes a fuller tone; more windings give a smoother feel as well as a brighter, more resonant tone.  Additional benefits of the hyper-elliptical windings are a relaxed feel and less unwanted noise.  The strings are designed to last much longer without sacrificing tone and performance.

What makes the Nikki Sixx signature set unique is his choice of custom gauges:

First String: .050

Second String: .070

Third String: .090

Fourth String: .110

Nikki Sixx is the founder/bassist/songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe, with album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance.  He is also the founder/bassist/songwriter of the chart-topping band Sixx:A.M.  In addition to his musical career, he can be heard discussing music and lifestyle topics on his radio show SIXX Sense, is a two time New York Times bestseller, co-owner/clothing designer of Royal Underground and is recognized for his philanthropy with Covenant House.

MSRP: $49.50 USD


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