Elixer electric nanoweb 10-46... should have tried these sooner...

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    On my Gibsons I really like the added zing/treble, it's like they captured the tone of d'addario after 3 days, but it stays like that for 3 months
    the smoother slippery feel on the wound strings is also pretty cool
     
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    I recently switched over to Nanowebs from D'Addarios and I love them. They sound great and the slippery feel of the wound strings is really what sold me on them.
     
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    To my ears they are the opposite. Lack that spank of new strings, kinda dead sounding. I change strings about every 2-3 gigs.
     
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    I've been using these for more than ten years. Sure there are better sounding strings....for a few days. Nanos get 90% there for months.

    They also don't snap very easily
    I had strings on my ibanez (double locking trem) for almost 9 months. They were nearly worn 1/2 way through from the frets
     
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    A set of D'Addarios wouldn't last a four hour gig for me. Yeah, they sounded better for the first 30 minutes, but no contest after that. Nanowebs feel so much better, too.
     
  6. Echoes

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    Been using Elixir 10-46 on all my electrics for years now.....easily the finest strings I have ever played.
     
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    My favorite strings by far! After fifteen years of playing D'addario, Dunlop, Ernie Ball, DR, Musician's Gear, and a boatload of others I can't think of right now, Elixir Nanowebs are the top of the heap. I have them on all of my electrics!
     
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    My feelings exactly. Been using Nanowebs for over a decade as well, and on all my electrics. I try other strings every so often, but always go back. They're especially great if you have guitars you don't play a lot.

    The only downside is that they don't work well for slide for me - maybe the coating compromises the friction or something. Fortunately I haven't played much slide in quite a few years so it's not a big issue.
     
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    I have been Elixir nanocoat user for at least 5 years, because I have skin/sweat that are very acidic. non-coated string won't last 2 hours before the plain strings turns black.

    Nanocoat to me sound quite bland, stiff in bending, wound string feel too slippery.
    But I had no other choice.

    After 3 years of strict food regimen. Now I am able to use non-coated strings again and they can last at least 2 months now.
    I can rejoice the feel and tone of un-coated nickel strings.


    As much as I hate coated strings, I do agree with you all Nanocoated string can last at least 3-4 months without significantly degradation of tone. Where non-coated strings will quite sound dead in a month or so.
     
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  10. Delayed Delay

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    This.

    I use Elixir 10-46's on every electric I own. Excellent tuning stability, bright enough for me, and they last MUCH longer the Ernie Ball slinkys (which I love initially; but my fingers destroy them after ONE gig)...

    Elixirs are perfect for me.
     
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    I use these on my Martin, and feel they are a bit darker, but really like them. I am really wanting to tame the brightness/edgy feel of strings on my strat, especially the G,B and E, so I just ordered a set. Been using DR Blues, which were a bit darker than previous Ernie Ball and D'Addario, but hoping the Elixir go just a bit darker.
     
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    It's interesting to hear everybody's thoughts on Elixirs. I was using 10-46s for a while on my SG, and usually broke the G once a week. Switched over to diadarrio, and haven't broken a string in about 6 years. Just interesting.
     
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    I love Elixir's, using 10-46's on 25.5" and my LP has 10-52's which I wanted to go up to 11's to get similar tension, but there's only 11-49's. Bummer. I really like the heavy bottom sets.
     
  14. Flogger59

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    Elixers work for me. With 14 instruments I would be forever changing strings with D'Addario or EB.
     
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    I've had similar experiences. Elixirs break way too easy, and I had problems with the coating coming off where the string hits the fret, and where I pick. I tried both Polywebs and Nanowebs. They're some of the worst strings I've ever used (they were the worst until I tried EB Paradigms). Always amazes me that people love Elixirs so much.
    Like you, I switched to D'Addario, and I've never had a problem with them.
     
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    I used these for years but certain ones would always break on me on a regular basis. They work for many folks though. I had the same issue with the D’addario NYXLs....great string as well. Switched to the EBMM Paradigms and they have been great for the past few months with lots of gigging.
     
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    Recently switched from D’Addario’s myself as well and they’re fantastic strings. Just don’t like how the D string in particular gets furry when the coating starts wearing down closer to the bridge
     
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    Got a Taylor acoustic in 2002 with Elixirs on, and so changed to Elixirs for my electrics as well. Have used nothing else since then...
     
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    Interesting how there's so many opposite experiences here. Makes you wonder...

    I play them. It started on my acoustic, brilliant. Decided to give them a shot on the electric and have never looked back. Again, brilliant. Tone completely blows away the D'Adds and Boomers that I used at first. I still try different strings here and there, but I can't afford a "new strings every week" habit. My 2 month old Elixirs have sounded better than 1 week old uncoated strings.

    All goes to show there's no absolutes when it comes to the perception of tone. One man's brilliant is another man's dull.
     
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  20. Beto

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    Hardware quality and degree of conservation/wear. Guitar setup. Players' hands chemistry. Players' technique - how strong he/she hit the strings, how far and wildly he/she bends. So many factors affecting how long strings resist before they rust or break.

    There is a positive side of not being able to hear subtle differences. Besides that, I don't have THAT sound in my mind and make a crusade searching for the Holy Grail, so I can live with more noticeable differences - I've spent a lot in different guitars and pedals, so I can find many sounds I like out of Elixir strings and many others. This way, my criterion is how long they last, wether the guitar gets a lot of playing or sits in its case for over one year, so that I don't have to choose between spending fortunes on new strings - there is a known brand that I make rotten after merely changing them on the guitar (right after washing hands), wiping them down and putting the guitar in its case again - or causing premature fretwear.

    But, of course, IMO, IME, YMMV, etc. I respect and understand most POV in this and other threads on this subject.
     

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