Why fret about guitar strings?

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As the electric guitar became a key instrument in the evolution of pop music, pure-nickel strings were the standard in the 1950’s and 60’s.

In recent years, nickel-plated strings have become increasingly popular, sparking a debate about which is better. Some guitar purists crave that vintage smooth, warm tone, while others are satisfied with the brighter livelier sounds that nickel-plated delivers.

Pure nickel strings may cost a bit more but they generally last longer. Whatever the choice, nickel has been a longtime player in the music industry.

Current Issue

Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018

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Feature Story:
A catalyst for sustainable operations
Nickel-containing catalysts are widely used in the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. At end-of-life, catalysts are either sent to landfill or sent for recycling to recover the valuable metals they contain. Refineries in Kuwait are changing the way they handle spent catalysts.