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Thread #100967   Message #2032117
Posted By: Singing Referee
21-Apr-07 - 02:58 PM
Thread Name: Guitar Strings: Elixir rant - THEY STINK!
Subject: RE: Elixir rant - THEY STINK!
I think it's just personal taste and playing style.

I use Elixir PB Nanowebs and have tried Martin SP+'s (on a Martin) and Newtones, but the Elixirs are best for me. Both the Martins and Newtomes are initially a bit brighter, but don't last anything like as long as the Elixirs. I quite like the feel of the coated strings. I play finger-style so don't bash it.

I run two guitars. I use Elixir LMB's (.012 - .056) on the one I play mainly in drop D or DADGAD and have no problems with those except that sometimes either the 1st or 2nd breaks on retuning before I would otherwise change them. But they still last months.

My other guitar is tuned 3 semitones up and I use extra-lights (.010 - .047) on that. The wound 3rd (G) won't take the 3 semitone shift to A# so I use a plain 2nd of an old medium set instead. Having done that they last forever in drop D (drop F actually!) and I've had many people comment on the brightness of the sound from what is quite a cheap gutar (Aria AW130). But in the last couple of weeks I've been experimenting with DADGAD (3 up) on it, and that's been a nightmare. 1 and/or 2 (.010 and .014) break about every 3rd time I retune from DA to EB equivalent. So I thought I'd try lighter strings at a lower tension and bought some D'Addario .009 and .013's instead. It made no difference.

Whether that proves it's just how you use them, or whether I'm trying to do something impossible I'm not sure. But I like my Elixirs!