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Elixir Electric Guitar Strings

Elixir Strings Employ Coating Technology To Give String 3-5 Times The Life of Standard Strings

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Elixir Electric Guitar Strings

Let's face it. Changing strings all of the time is a pain. It is not one of my most enjoyable tasks, but it is also very necessary. I will also admit that I postpone changing strings longer than I should, so finding a long-lasting string was kind of a bonanza for me. It ment I could postpone this task even longer!

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - When Is It Time To Change Strings?

This is a difficult question to answer as it usually depends of each individual guitar player. Some guitar players do not like the sound of "new strings" as they usually do not exhibit a nice warm tone that we expect from our electric guitars.

I guess I have to admit that I fall into that category. I usually like the sound of the strings by the 2nd week of playing, up until 3 to 4 days before they have to be changed.

OK, but how do we know they have to be changed? Here are some of the sure symptoms:

The wound strings have the windings worn down to a point that the string is flat between the fret and the bottom of the winding. Sometimes the winding will even break and you will have no choice.

Secondly you find if hard to tune the guitar or keep it in tune. This indicates a string failure and they have outlived their usefully life.

If you get the guitar "in-tune" and a few minutes later it is already out of tune, you may be in for a string break -or- your strings is not secured good enough at the tuning machines or possibly at the bridge.

Ordinary Wound Guitar Strings

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - Ordinary Wound Strings

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - The Various Flavors of Elixir

Yes, it can be a bit confusing. There are different types of coating for Elixir Strings.

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - Polyweb: The Polyweb coating is the original coating that Elixir first introduced.

This coating will give you a warm tone and you will have smooth response from your strings.

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings in the Polyweb flavor are available in 2 different gauges - Super Light and Custom Light. See the table below.

Elixir Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - Nanoweb: The Nanoweb strings will have a brighter tone and the punch of a non-coated string.

An additional benefit is that they will feel much like traditional strings.

I guess the only way you can be sure is to try both types. That is what I did. I felt that the Polyweb strings sound more like a 'broken-in' string, and I do like that aspect as well. I prefer just a bit more brightness though.

The Elixir Electric Guitar Strings in the Nanoweb flavor are available in all gages - refer to the table below.

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String Contaminates

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - How Ordinary Strings Wear Out

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - What Makes Ordinary Strings Wear Out?

Contamination: As shown in the illustration above, as ordinary wound strings are used, the grooves between the bronze string windings get clogged with oils, dirt and other debris.

This is really no fault of the guitar player, even one who washes their hands on a regular basis. This contamination is nearly invisible to the naked eye and it inhibits the vibration of the strings.

Corrosion: While the wound strings deal with mostly a contamination issue, the plain steel strings typically wear out because of corrosion.

Corrosion happens over time too and is caused by moisture, perspiration and just plain exposure to the atmosphere.

Corrosion makes the strings dark-looking and crusty feeling. You can't hardly slide your fingers on them because of the rust and the go out of tune quickly and loose their intonation.

Guitar Strings With Elixir Coating

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - The Elixir Nanoweb and Polywed Solution

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - The Elixir Nanoweb and Polyweb Solution

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - Wound Strings: After much experimentation, Elixir discovered that the real solution was to cover the entire string (the wound strings) with a protective covering. This would keep out all contaminates and corrosion.

Their coating is a micro-thin, yet flexible polymer tube that protects the entire outer wire from contaminate invasion.

You can relate this to a very very thin heat-shrink tubing placed over the strings to protect them. This coating is thinner than a human hair and nothing can get between the coatings, including the coating itself.

Elixir Electric Guitar Strings - The Plain Steel Strings: The plain steels have an Anti-Rust coating which is designed to extend the life of the plain steel strings from 3 to 5 times their normal life.

This process, which is a breakthrough technology, is a plating process the works to prevent rust and corrosion to give you a fresh feel and tone every time you pick up your guitar.

Elixir Brightness Scale
Elixir Electric Guitar Strings Gauge E-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 A-5 E-6  

12002

Super Light .009 .011 .016 .024 .032 .042 Buy Now
12027 Custom Light .009 .011 .016 .026 .036 .046 Buy Now
12052 Light .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046 Buy Now
12077 Light w/Tuner .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046 Buy Now
12102 Medium .011 .014 .018 .028 .038 .049 Buy Now
12152 Heavy .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .052 Buy Now
12302 Baritone .012 .016 .022 .038 .052 .068 Buy Now


Elixir Brightness Scale
Elixir Electric Guitar Strings Gauge E-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 A-5 E-6  

12000

Super Light .009 .011 .016 .024 .032 .042 Buy Now
12050 Custom Light .009 .011 .016 .026 .036 .046 Buy Now