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Elixir Strings Electric Guitar Strings (19052)
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- Electric guitar strings constructed with nickel-plated steel wrap wire
- Played for the same crisp tone as an uncoated string
- OPTIWEB Coating provides a natural feel
- Our coating technology protects against common corrosion and debris buildup, extending tone life longer than any other brand’s coated or uncoated strings (Elixir Strings player survey)
- Anti-Rust Plating on plain steel strings ensures longer tone life for the entire set
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Great tone. Long life.
More From Elixir Strings
Delivering the same long-lasting, amazing tone players worldwide count on for their electric guitars, Elixir Strings also offers a varied array of premium string options for other styles and instruments.
- Acoustic Guitar Strings
- Bass Guitar Strings
- Banjo Strings
- Mandolin Strings
Made For Musicians Who Just Want To Play More Music
Premium, long-lasting electric guitar strings from Elixir Strings
Ever since pioneering coated string technology in 1997, our reason for making premium guitar strings has remained simple we want you to have more quality playing time between the hassle and cost of string changes. And gig after gig, session after session, lesson after lesson, we’ve delivered. In fact, experienced players worldwide trust our corrosion-defying strings to keep their tone longer than other brand’s coated or uncoated strings.*
We now offer two premium electric guitar string options, each featuring our patented coating technology, to help you find exactly the tone and feel you’re looking for. Thanks to the unique differences between coatings, we offer a long-lasting set for any style. From bright and vibrant to warm and robust, the dynamic range of available sound is yours for the picking. Of course, finding the string that’s right for you is a matter of personal preference. So try them out for yourself.
* Elixir Strings player survey | GORE, Elixir, NANOWEB, POLYWEB, Great Tone Long Life, 'e' icon, and other designs are trademarks of W.L. Gore & Associates.
Less Sweat, Debris, And Finger Squeak
The way your strings sound has a lot to do with what you normally can’t see. While both of our patented coatings reduce noisy finger squeak, they also cut down on a large number of other pesky annoyances common to your average uncoated string. Sweat, skin, dirt, and even air, for example, can do a lot of damage to your strings. And if you live in a hot, humid area, the moisture in the atmosphere can wreak total havoc on your strings’ tone life. But with Elixir Strings, you’re getting world-class protection that’s engineered to endure.
Polyweb Coating Vs NANOWEB Coating
POLYWEB Coating was our first coated string innovation all the way back in the '90s. It tends to warm and mellow the string’s tone and has a fast, slick feel that’s gentle on the fingers, which lets players keep jamming without the strings getting in the way. As a response to players who said they prefer a more traditional feel, NANOWEB Coating was then designed. This ultra-thin coating allows a brighter, crisper tone while offering the same amount of tone-life protection as its predecessor.
Coated Like No Other
Unlike other string brands, Elixir Strings coats the whole string. This protects not only the outer string surface but also the gaps between the windings where common tone-deadening gunk typically builds up in other brands’ coated and uncoated guitar strings. That’s why Elixir strings retain their tone longer than any other brand’s string, coated or uncoated. Simply put, build-up and corrosion kill your tone, and Elixir strings protect against elements that cause build-up and corrosion. All while sounding exactly how you’d expect a premium set of strings to sound.
Corrosion protection between wrap wire windings is all well and good, but you may be asking yourself, “What about the strings that don’t have a wrap wire?” And we’re proud to tell you, don’t worry we’ve got those covered too. Literally. With our signature Anti-Rust Plating, even your plain steel strings defy the elements. This ensures longer tone life not just for your coated wound strings, but for your entire set. When we say you’ll have more gigging, jamming, touring, or practice time between string changes, we mean it.
High Praise For Elixir Strings From The Pros Themselves
'I use Elixir Strings in the studio and on stage. They always feel right and seem to complement any guitar I use. They're the perfect string.'
-Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons.
John Paul Jones
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Elixir Electric Nickel Plated Steel Strings with OPTIWEB Coating give you the performance of a natural string — that crisp tone, natural feel and playable grip you know and love—without sacrificing the signature long-lasting tone life of Elixir Strings.
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They showed up while I was attempting to order my usual strings, the Medium (.11 - .49) Nanoweb series, and at first just confused; since when were there Optiweb coated strings? What's the difference? Most importantly, can they really improve their long-standing king of the "$10+" strings given their monopoly on it already?
Basically, the answer is yes...by quite a bit. I'll concede the following points before getting in to a succinct review of the product, as it's important:
1. I've been totally converted to Elixir strings for about 2 years now, after well over a decade of using D'Addarios or the occasional Ernie Ball Slinky when on sale.
2. From my observations, Elixirs in general are a love/hate product and "technology" with few people posting that they're just whatever. Anybody who falls in to the hate/dislike camp for whatever reason likely isn't going to be swayed over by these.
3. For some reason, after finding out about a new line of Elixirs I WANTED to like them, so I waited a bit to review them to ensure to minimize any confirmation bias.
Those 3 points addressed, I'll get to it: IMHO, Opitweb is a pretty big improvement in two ways, and lI think I'll continue using them over Nanowebs unless their longevity turns out to be dramatically shorter. After restringing my primary guitar, I noticed right away that these didn't seem to require any major post setup stretching or adjusting. D'addarios usually require 3 rounds of tuning, stretching, and then re-adjusting before settling in, at least for me. The nanowebs usually take just 2, but occasionally require a 3rd round after a bit of playing.
Maybe I'm just getting better at stringing my guitar and using locking tuners, but after a single round of post thread stretching, they've been remarkably steady in holding their tune. So much so that I have to wonder if it's not the strings, but whatever.
Most importantly they have a much brighter and...sharper(?) sound to them, and it's very very noticeable both unplugged and amped up. Not sure about the composition of them and in general I'm not very familiar with what metal or construction technique is involved in what brand, but whatever flack coated strings usually get for being muddy isn''t applicable with these. When tracking through the everyman setup (Scarlett USB Interface -> GR5 and S-Gear 2) there is a very easy to hear difference in high-end frequencies.
So TL;DR - extremely similar to the existing product from Elixir, but with a slightly improved sound (if crisper high-end is what you want) and subtle but definitely smoother feeling action when sliding around the fretboard. If you like Elixirs now, you'll almost certainly like these the same or more. If you don't, you probably won't be won over with these. But, if you're somebody who loves the sound of a fresh set of D'Addarios or Slinkys and hates how quickly they fade, give these a shot; might save you money in the end.
With traditional strings, I can get 5 star tone for about 1 week but I can get 4.5 star tone for months out of these.
These are the only strings that I buy and the only reason that I would buy traditional strings wlould be for applications when absolute best sound quality is required (big time recording session or something of that nature).
Even though the price per pack is higher, these strings are a value and are great for home use, bar gigging and almost every other situation.
Top reviews from other countries
This ’try’ simply showed me why Nano’s are my personal choice.
Nanowebs are smooth, they feel right to me....
Others in the reviews seem to like them, again it’s always subjective, and so I would say from my own subjective view, that they feel like fake Nanonwebs, a bad copy..
These strings, however, hold up for several times as long as uncoated ones, with minimal corrosion and tone loss.
I have also tried DR coated strings, but in my opinion they are nowhere near as good as these.
Nanoweb last a reasonably long time but I find they always fray over most used frets and where they are picked/strummed (pick or no pick). These don’t fray and so keep their tone much longer.
+Clear, bright well-balanced tone
+no fraying of coating
+ very long lasting
+quieter under the fingers than nanoweb
+no sticky feeling - fine for both Fingerstyle and picked electric
+ no black fingers like with uncoated strings
- expensive, but definitely worth the extra better over nanoweb as much longer lasting