Coating/coatted strings choice?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by racermann_yang, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. racermann_yang

    racermann_yang Member

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    As you know Elixir has stopped making their Anti-Rust plain strings.
    What kind of coating/coatted strings will you choose?
    How about Ernie Ball's ?
     
  2. fumbler

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    Where did you hear that? There's nothing about it on their website (www.elixirstrings.com) and their online catalog still has them and says "effective Jan 1, 2012"

    Anyway, I like the D'Addario EXP strings but I do use elixir cables. They claim "the lowest capacitance of any guitar cable".
     
  3. scotchtape800

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    So, if you use coated electric strings, won't that mess up the string grounding connection?
     
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    It's just the Anti-Rust plain strings were replaced with Original Plain Strings.
    http://www.elixirstrings.com/productionrestart-part2/index.html

    Maybe I'd try EXP sometime.BTW, how about EXP's sound? In fact I'm looking for a bright sound from 3rd-6th strings and a mellow sound from 1st-2nd strings. Like Chuck Loeb sound. Any one konws that what strings is he using?
     
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    Yeah, that occurred to me years ago but I tried them anyway. It doesn't seem to cause a problem. Maybe it's thin enough for a current to get though.
     
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    I tried coated strings once, and the acid in my body oils ate the coating off in no time.
    I use D'Addario strings, and they seem to last me forever so I never really had a need for coated strings.
    But when I tried Elixers I did like the tone of them, they had a unique tone, kinda bright without being shrill sounding.
     
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    Oh, so it's just a temporary supply-line problem. You should have mentioned that in the OP, dude!

    The EXP's are actually my coated string of choice. I think the wound strings sound brighter than elixirs and are better balanced with the plain strings. Read their sales pitch here.

    But I also wanna try the Ernie Ball Cobalts.
     
  8. Frenster

    Frenster Put your Rock Face on!

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    I recommend Cleartone strings. They last forever, don't flake, and aren't too bright going on.
     
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    there are a couple of brands that are conductive, but most don't. i believe roger sadowsky is penning an article in an upcoming bass gear magazine about this
     

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