#1
Hey guys.

Since moving to the beach I've noticed that my electric strings are rusting up way too fast, but my acoustics are fine (because theyre coated). While Id rather keep my slinkys, it may be time to try out electric elixir strings.

So the question here is, why do so many people dislike elixir electric strings? Anyone here like them?
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#2
I don't like elixers much, but I've heard good things about the coated cleartone strings.
#3
They're good strings. Some people don't like coated strings, though. You could always try stainless steel strings if you are worried about corrosion.
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#4
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They're good strings. Some people don't like coated strings, though. You could always try stainless steel strings if you are worried about corrosion.


But then he has to worry about fret corrosion

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#5
It might just be me, but I think that I lost quite a lot of treble with the elixir strings. They've kept themselves alive and well a long time, though I've never had the problem of corroding strings either.
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#6
I'm not a fan of Elixirs, mainly because they're ridiculously slippery.

Why not just get coated Slinkies?
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#7
It's just matter of preference really. I've tried lots of different strings and brands and I really like elixirs and got them on both my guitars atm. Although it's quite a pain to get them here, since there isn't one shop in the whole country to sell elixirs, US shops don't ship them internationally and european prices are ridiculous.
#8
Quote by Strat007
I'm not a fan of Elixirs, mainly because they're ridiculously slippery.

That's true, they do feel a bit more slippery than most strings.
I used to use D'addarios, but they would only last 2 weeks without losing tone. The 2 months of good tone i get out of elixers is definitely worth the slightly worse playability. Even thats not very noticeable.
#9
Elixirs are great. They last a very, very long time as the coating stops any corrosion. The thing I like the most is that they are really slippery, so playing is so easy - I tried a guitar at a shop recently and the strings were old, and it was horrible! They may be expensive, but it makes up for it in the long run
#10
cleartones are the best coated string i ever felt. that being said i hate coated strings.
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#11
Yeah it's all preference as has been said.

I *love* elixir strings. I put them on every axe I have. I find that they feel a little sterile when they're new, but once you've played them for 2 - 3 hours and worn them in they sound/feel absolutely amazing and they last for months. Every other strings I've tried sound great when they're new, but within a few days worth of playing I'm sick of them - they're getting too worn or whatever else.

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#12
If you want Elixirs that aren't slippery, make sure you go for nanowebs. NOT polywebs. Nanoweb strings are brighter sounding and feel almost natural like a non-coated string, being that the coating is much thinner. They hold tone FOREVER. Good and bright, and they don't corrode that much at all. The non-wound strings on mine have corroded, but I've had them on for about 3 months and they just now started. Don't listen to the haters, man.
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#13
So I went with ernie ball coated slinkys. They definitely don't shimmer like the non coated ones. I also came off off skinny top heavy bottom. Not saying I hate em but I definitely miss the old sound. Probably won't keep these after the next change.
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#14
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So I went with ernie ball coated slinkys. They definitely don't shimmer like the non coated ones. I also came off off skinny top heavy bottom. Not saying I hate em but I definitely miss the old sound. Probably won't keep these after the next change.

I'm not a fan of Ernie Ball strings at all, but with strings you have to give it some time before making a judgment. Not only do the strings have to break in, but you have to adapt as well, and sometimes adapting to something new opens a door or two.
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I don't like elixers much, but I've heard good things about the coated cleartone strings.

I don't know where you heard that, but I found that they fair no better than EB's.

Get the Elixers, you get used to the slippery feel and you'll love them, I know I do.
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I don't know where you heard that, but I found that they fair no better than EB's.

Get the Elixers, you get used to the slippery feel and you'll love them, I know I do.

Just for the record, I've never personally tried the coated Ernie balls, just the regular slinkies, and I've only heard good things about the coated cleartones(though I've never tried them). The reason I don't like EBs is that they don't seem to stay in tune well enough for heavy Floyd use. This is just my experience with them.
#18
I like Elixirs because they're slippery so it's faster for me. The high-E string always breaks on me after 3 months of having them on but that's a sign that it's time to change the strings.
#19
I love Elixir nanowebs. Probably just cause regular strings die on me after 2/3 days and I hate the feel of old strings. Weird though, Elixirs seem to last me 5/6 months. Only thing I don't like is the lack of choice with single strings.
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I'm not a fan of Ernie Ball strings at all, but with strings you have to give it some time before making a judgment. Not only do the strings have to break in, but you have to adapt as well, and sometimes adapting to something new opens a door or two.


I guess I think to much like something who uses floating FR bridges

I'd rather give my stings a quick wipe with some mineral oil right after I put them on.

I tried coated strings once on my Jackson it was a disaster. All that coating (lubricant) caused slippage everywhere I didn't want it.

They lasted a whole 2 days before I went back put the same gauge and brand of strings that were on it before the can't keep this thing in tune disaster.
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#21
If you're on a tight budget, you could try the GHS Boomers coated strings. I bought a coated set 10-52 gauge tuned to drop C# and they retained their brightness for 2 months...... even after that, they still felt smooth and slippery so that helped my playing a lot.
#22
Quote by Strat007
I'm not a fan of Elixirs, mainly because they're ridiculously slippery.

Why not just get coated Slinkies?
http://www.amazon.com/Ernie-Ball-3121-Titanium-Electric/dp/B001IPNPOO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1313782127&sr=8-2
I like the slipperiness of Elixirs, they're the only strings I've used for the past three years or so. Though I might try D'addarios soon. I just have to use coated strings because I'm allergic to nickel, to after playing for a long time my fingertips get really irritated and shit.

Also, the coated Slinkies feel gritty, to me at least.
#23
Elixirs have a little more tension than regular strings. The coating also frayes on the lower strings. Normal strings just feel better. I put elixirs on the guitars I don't play much so I never have to change them.
#24
I love Elixirs, but last time I changed strings, the shop didn't have them so I got DR's.
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