Dead strings after one gig

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  1. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    I decided to move away from my standard Elixir Nano (or Poly) webs to change up my tone and try and save a bit of coin.
    Huge fail, bought a 3 pack of Ernie Ball Slinky 10-46 guage and my lower 3 strings are dead as a door nail after one gig.
    It was outdoors and we got asked to play a 5th hour (ouch!) but still... ONE gig for a set of strings... no good, going back to the Elixirs.
     
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  2. ranchofm

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    Do you perspire a lot? I'm notorious for destroying strings in one set. One thing I've found is I can't use brass saddles. The electrolytes in my sweat react with the nickel and brass, corroding the strings very quickly. I've found that SS, titanium or Graphtech saddles give me MUCH longer string life. I'll have to give the Elixirs a shot.
     
  3. sandmannn69

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    EBs have always been like that. I think that's why celeb players like them, as they prefer dead strings, especially for recording. Or maybe it's just the endorsement money.....
     
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    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    I use EB Pink Slinky .009’s and they generally last along time for me and they don’t break.

    The exception has been a few hot, sweaty gigs outdoors in the sun where I am dripping like crazy.

    -bEn r.
     
  6. Scary Uncle G.

    Scary Uncle G. Member

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    I think you’re playing too many notes. ;)
     
  7. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, I do sweat quite a bit. And I do think there is something to one's body chemistry and strings. I think Elixir's have that coating which works very well for me, I can do at least a month which could be ~5 gigs without needing a string change and also includes a lot of home playing.
     
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  8. RCM78

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    I found the same issue with 10-46 slinkys. I've been using 10-46 NYXL's and they last a good bit longer. I'll usually get 6 gigs out of a set. They also work better with SS frets...
     
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  9. MKB

    MKB Silver Supporting Member

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    If I'm playing indoors and not sweating, a standard set can last a year or longer on my guitars. However if we're playing outside and my hands are sweating, the wound strings die after a single song. I also have to use Elixirs when gigging in the heat for this reason.
     
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  10. JosephZdyrski

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    I’m pretty sure the oils on my skin actually preserve my strings.

    Could be a fine layer of ash due to all the weed I smoke that helps idk.... but I never kill strings and I’m pretty sure fingers don’t sweat at all.
     
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  11. bluesoul

    bluesoul Silver Supporting Member

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    Don't sweat it! See this thread!
    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...-strings-his-tech-never-changes-them.2038360/
     
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  12. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    Interesting, I'm also using SS frets as well.
     
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    Lucky!

    Dead strings are all the rage lately.
     
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  14. Mpcoluv

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    My strings never lasted more than two gigs at the most. EB slinkys.
    I never expected them to last forever either. Generally strings that last twice as long coat twice as much. So I stick with EB
     
  15. fishlog

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    Have the Elixirs changed over the years? I remember when they first kind of were getting to be popular I was trying them out and I remember thinking they sounded dead out of the box all wrapped in plastic? I hate to guess how long ago this was it was also on an acoustic. Maybe 1995? 96? I can't remember man I'm getting old.
     
  16. misterturtlehead

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    I usually change strings every two weeks or so. I can just tell it's time.

    But every now and then I go to Folly Beach, SC to play a gig and spend some time with my homies. The gig is usually outside during the summer. I have to change strings when I get back home.
     
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  17. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane apolitical Silver Supporting Member

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    10-46 EB Slinky is what I use. They certainly don't die anywhere near that fast on me.
     
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    That’s why I stay with Elixirs. Every time I wander I am disappointed. I get months out of strings with regular gigs and home playing. It helps when there are several guitars to choose from at home that I’m never worried about grabbing any one of them and it having crappy strings.
     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Every time I switch, I instantly regret and go back to nanowebs.
     
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  20. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Try the NANOWEB not PolyWeb.
     

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