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Are there better long lasting strings than elixirs?

kurt1981

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Hey guys, I'm a long-time user or elixirs, I could count the number of broken strings I've had on 1 hand. I like the tone of them, in that it seems pretty consistent and stays that way for a long time, I'm able to get a month at least when gigging a lot, and much more when I'm just playing around the house. My only issue is the cost, and I'm always looking for something better. What do you guys recommend for a long lasting string, or am I wasting time looking for something else?
Thanks,
PS, I'm not a heavy hitting player, but I do remember trying a couple other brands of strings and broke strings much more then,
Kurt
 

krall

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I've used D'Addario 10's (and now 11's) for over 25 years..I don't think i've broken more than 5 strings during that span..In fact, I sincerely don't think i've broken one since the 2000's began..
 

opaline

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The Elixirs do stay fresh for a long time, they just take some time to get used to. I can see by how they feel and sound where they could be sort of off-putting for some people but I think at least on acoustics they are economically a good buy. They generally don't go bad for me before I can break one tuning back and forth from alternate tunings.
 

ScottySevins

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Ernie ball cobalts are seriously freakin killer strings. I never thought a string could sound as good as what they do. I haven't broken a string in probably 8 years. That's using just the regular Ernie balls.
 

loudboy

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Snake Oil Brand, the only reason I change them is that they actually wear thru the winds after several months and the intonation goes - they still sound fine.

You can get them thru a few stores now - I just got 10 sets last week.
 

Den

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Love Elixers on my acoustics and SOS on my electrics.
 

EADGBE

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I've just tried the cryogenically treated Boomers. So far so good. You may want to give them a try.

 

JMCIII

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Ernie ball cobalts are seriously freakin killer strings. I never thought a string could sound as good as what they do. I haven't broken a string in probably 8 years. That's using just the regular Ernie balls.

I just bought some of those Cobalts to try out.
 

NewbyRock023

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Ernieball cobalt strings. I won't touch anything else anymore as silly as that sounds. Cleartones are good as well, but still too expemsive. The cobalt a are nice and slinky just as EB normaly are, but man they last. Rock hard, loud, tad on the bright side, but not harsh, just bright. Super clear as well
 

byrdparis

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i play on a different sets on different guitars.

i tried the cobalt last week for the first time on several axes - they are awesome!
but i cant tell if they last more then the elixirs till they go bad on me..
then i will decide with what il go on..

im using some rotosound blues 10-52 on my 60ann TELE - they are heavy!!! but sound so so good there.

on my gilmour i have the GHS gilmour set.



 

rancid.keone

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Any fans of Rotosound strings? I use em' when I feel like putting a different brand on my axe.

I agree with Cobalts, they last pretty damn long first few times I tried em'

Only recently tried out Elixirs and I love em'.....my homie keeps raving about ClearTones being the poor-man's Elixirs
 

KrS14

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I won't use anything but Cobalts on any of my electrics. Best string i've ever played!
 






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