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Musket 16 Jul 11 - 09:16 AM
GUEST,999 17 Jul 11 - 08:03 AM
GUEST,shayleen 07 Nov 13 - 06:56 AM
Betsy 07 Nov 13 - 07:23 PM
Will Fly 08 Nov 13 - 03:57 AM
GUEST,Shayleen 08 Feb 16 - 09:04 AM
Brian Peters 08 Feb 16 - 10:11 AM
Will Fly 08 Feb 16 - 10:43 AM
Brian Peters 08 Feb 16 - 11:00 AM
Will Fly 08 Feb 16 - 11:44 AM
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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Musket
Date: 16 Jul 11 - 09:16 AM

I started using them when I bought my Rainsong, as a new set came with the guitar, (plus the ones on from the factory were unused.)

Since then, I have found them excellent on every guitar other than a Jim Harley dreadnought I use occasionally. For that, they are too bright. Also, as this is the only acoustic I use a plectrum on, I like a heavier string. Elixir seem to shine better on the lighter strings, or is it just me?

The longevity is one aspect, but I also find they squeak less when sliding up and down the frets. Some feel the squeak is part of the music, I don't. Hence I love them.

I buy quite a few strings and although they last a long time, I still get through a few sets a month all told and have found a supplier on Amazon seems to give best price / delivery.


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: GUEST,999
Date: 17 Jul 11 - 08:03 AM

Mark, your memory's better 'n mine. But those were the days of Marlboro being $.35 a pack when ice still covered much of North America . . . .

Zen, many thanks. I'll give them a try. Appreciate the input.


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: GUEST,shayleen
Date: 07 Nov 13 - 06:56 AM

I agree with Murray over Elixir though etring preference is a personal thing. I use La Bella and /Gibson strings. Elixirs in the Uk cost around 16 pounds a set for the nenowebs :-)


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Betsy
Date: 07 Nov 13 - 07:23 PM

I've got a couple of Martins - wouldn't dream of buying Martin Strings as I think they go dead too quickly. Tried Elixir they're OK but don't have the crispness of D'Addario 11 > 52 Phosphor bronze which suit me in all departments of sound ,price and longevity.
Horses for courses I suppose - what suits one may not suit others , but the price is also fairly restrictive so the manufacturers may need to think again.
I am reminded of an old mate of mine who used to used to sell Christmas trees during THAT particular season.
When asked by older women (Mams and Grandmas) why he charges slightly more for his trees ,he replied "They've been specially treated to avoid the needles falling off".
What do you treat them with asked the old ladies ," Ah " came the reply
" It's a special chemical which is not dangerous in the household setting - and it's called H 2 O ".
Notwithstanding water , I feel that Elixir might be a fad that is being totally overpriced / marketing.
I won't be buying anymore


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Will Fly
Date: 08 Nov 13 - 03:57 AM

I've said this on other threads regarding Elixir strings, but I'll repeat it here.

I have hands that kill conventional phosphor bronze strings stone dead in a day - just skin acidity. Elixir Nanowebs last me 6-8 weeks, depending on the current playing level; even when starting to shred the coating down over the soundhole area, they still sound reasonable.

So, on pure economics alone - from my perspective - even if Elixirs are double the price of other strings (and the price in the UK has been affected by rising postage costs), I'm still getting better value from them than other makes. I've also tried D'Addario and they didn't last me either.

If you don't have the acidic skin problem, or you're happy with dead strings - which many guitarists prefer - then that equation might not work for you. But it does for me.


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: GUEST,Shayleen
Date: 08 Feb 16 - 09:04 AM

Elixir strings are good. I preter d'addario exp. Dr sunbeam are quiite good and work well on rosewood/sitka guitars like the martin d35 :-)


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Feb 16 - 10:11 AM

I've used Elixir for years now (same reason as Will Fly)and been very happy with them, but in an attempt to cut costs I recently bought a pack of three sets off Ebay for something resembling a cut price.

The first set went dead after one gig. The second set nearly as bad. Not sure whether they are fakes - the packaging looks authentic enough.

Be warned.


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Will Fly
Date: 08 Feb 16 - 10:43 AM

That's odd, Brian - I've also bought a 3-pack set, from one of the usual Amazon suppliers, and so far the first set is holding up nicely. They were no cheaper after postage, though.

The pack was the .012-.053 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb type.

For my smaller 0 model guitar, I use the .011-.052 set - also Nanoweb, but just Bronze, not Phosphor Bronze.

The Tenor guitar takes the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th string from a standard .010 Phosphor Bronze Nanowen set - but I use any old .009 as a first, as the .010 top string from the set is on the edge of snapping if overtightened. (Tenor tuning is CGDA).

It's always possible that quality control varies, even with the best of firms. There was a period some years ago when the 3rd and 4th Elixirs from the .012 set were snapping very quickly. I and several other players formally complained to Elixir's European office - and they seemed to improve, but probably coincidentally!


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Feb 16 - 11:00 AM

I just did a search, Will, and it seems I'm not the first:

Counterfeit Elixir strings

Just to stress, they were bought from Ebay, not Amazon. I've never had a bad set before.


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Subject: RE: Elixir Guitar Strings
From: Will Fly
Date: 08 Feb 16 - 11:44 AM

Thanks for that info, Brian - appreciated, and I'll keep a watch out in future.


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