Elixir strings

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Elixir strings

Post by 1946dodge » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:29 pm

someone told me that Elixir strings are awesome. They resonate beautifully and last a long time.
Anyone use them? Are they really that special?
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Re: Elixir strings

Post by mynameisjonas » Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:18 am

yeah i strung one of my JMs up with a set just before a gig... the low E broke during the first song. but i have heard great things about them from other people. i probably just got a bad one.

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Re: Elixir strings

Post by RumorsOFsurF » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:09 am

I've heard that the coating sort of shreds off after a little use, and the shreds just sort of hang off the strings, killing sustain.  I've never used them, but this is what I am told from my local music store guy (the store stocks Elixirs).  For the price, I'd say just buy 4 sets of regular strings.  Changing strings is quick and easy! 
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Re: Elixir strings

Post by dinosaur » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:20 am

I've used them quite a bit and I like them.  I like the way they feel and they do sound decent for a much longer time, in my case anyway.  But, I wear out regular strings in no time and I hate a super bright new string sound anyway, so it's probably not worth it for everyone.

On the recommendation of plenty of people, I've switched to Snake Oil Brand strings.  So far they have lasted plenty long, and sound and feel better than the Elixirs to me.

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Re: Elixir strings

Post by pullover » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:23 am

I recommend Snake Oils too. They have less wear on the guitar and are a little darker than traditional strings.
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Re: Elixir strings

Post by Jay » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:39 am

I can say after having tried a set of Snake Oil's, that I can't really tell much of a difference between them and DR Pure Nickels (blue packaging).  At half the price, I'd at least try a set of DRs since you can buy them in most Guitar Centers.  That way, if you like them and want to support an independent businessman (or need custom gauges as in my case), you can order some Snake Oils.

I tried Elixers once and I thought they took away that nice shimmer and felt like strings with silicon on them.  And when they started to shred up it was really awful.  It's been years since I've used a set and I've heard they are much better now but I just really didn't like them at all and can't brink myself to move away from the lovely sound of pure nickel.  Dino said he likes them though so it's ultimately about the sound and feel that appeal to you.

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Re: Elixir strings

Post by Puke+Cry » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:31 am

i havent tried elixirs yet, because theyre too expensive.

i'm thinking about changing strings since daddario snap like shit. its just me playing hard i think.

suggestions?

thinking about DR and ernie ball, but which ones should i try?

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Re: Elixir strings

Post by RumorsOFsurF » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:01 am

Puke+Cry wrote:

i'm thinking about changing strings since daddario snap like shit. its just me playing hard i think.
All I ever use is D'addario, and I never break strings.  I tried Ernie Ball, and snapped strings like crazy... Oh, and Fender strings suck too! :k
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Re: Elixir strings

Post by 1946dodge » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:54 am

DR are very good strings. I have used them for years.
I got a free set of Elixirs and will try them out. I'll let you know how it goes.
I havent seen snake oils yet. Maybe I will seek a set out and try them too.
I do like a bright string, so if the elixirs are bright I may like them, but I hope the crap they put on them doesnt shred off.
I hope they perfected the coating process.

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Re: Elixir strings

Post by Gill » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:57 am

Thomastik's work well and last about 2-3 months...sound great on JM's.

I think they for for around $15 a set...Elixir's don't work so well for me.

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Re: Elixir strings

Post by gregovertone » Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:09 pm

i dont like my reheated dinners covered in saran wrap when i eat them, and i don't like my strings covered in crap either.


i thought they played funny, sounded goofy, and had no life to them.

acoustic is another story.....but the electrics sucked imo.
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