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When I bought my new bass guitar, I bought it from eBay and it needed new strings. I'd been recommended to buy the Elixir strings as they are supposed to last a lot longer.
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I paid £25.00 for these strings and I bought them from a guitar shop in Headingley, Leeds.
This bass guitar string set is coated in a thin nano-web coating. This coating is supposed to last a long time, although my friend who also plays bass showed me his guitar and where he had used the pick you could really see where the coating had come off. Despite this, he raved about the strings and he was the one who advised me to purchase this brand. He has had his about three months or so.
I've had my guitar for a few months now but I do not play it regularly. I'm leaning how to play my classical acoustic and this takes my attention away from playing the base. However I'm glad I spent the extra money on good quality strings as they are lasting well and I like the sounds they produce. Usually with new strings the sound is really bright at first an then fades fairly quickly. These strings don't have that brightness and sound a bit muddy, but they remain the same throughout their life.
As a beginner, I wasn't sure about the nano-web coating and unsure what it would be able to do. However it really assists me as it increases fluidity when doing slides and moving hand positions. It does this by reducing friction on the fret board.
I am really pleased with these strings and think they are worth the extra money. There are around three times more expensive than conventional first strings but you can really tell the quality. They are less likely to snap and I like the sound quality. They do not have the same brightness as new strings but this doesn't last anyway. I like the consistency the strings offer and hope they last me a long time!
I recently needed a new set of strings for my bass, and ended up with these Elixir strings as a trial really. Compared to many other strings available, they are quite expensive. The initial cost of buying the strings was in theory offset by the fact that they last longer than your average string. This is due to a micro-thin polymer coating on the strings which prevents any harmful contaminants getting stuck in the winding. This in turn prevents rust/grease and other damage occurring to the strings.
I have now had these strings on a few weeks and am in a position to make reasonable comments on them. When I first put them on, I didn't quite get that rewarding sound of ultra-fresh crispness I expect from new strings. If your style of play largely includes 'slap' then this may be an issue to you. Also, if that is your style of play, the chances are that you may break strings quite often, and accordingly will not gain the full financial benefit of the longevity of these strings. In other words, if you keep breaking strings, then there is no point in getting a more expensive string that only comes into its own after repeated use.
However, what I do find pleasantly rewarding about these strings is that they still sound the same now as when I first put them on. They do have a lovely tonal quality which hasn't diminished, and overall I am very pleased with these strings. If you use your bass regularly for gigging and need strings that provide consistently good sound without reducing quality over time, then these may well be for you.
Another pleasant surprise I had with these strings, was that there was reduced friction on the fret board. This took some getting used to, to be honest, but definitely has some benefits for sliding hand positions etc.
These Elixir strings are available in different gauges for different instruments. At the full RRP of over £40 it would be a tricky decision to decide if they are worth it. However, I bought these at a discounted price at the time from Amazon, and feel they were worth the price.