Many players find their strings losing brilliance after just one gig. Deposits of sweat, grease and dirt are particularly hard to remove from wound strings, and quickly affect the sound and playability of even the best guitars, resulting in a dull tone and greater friction with the fingers. Wiping the strings immediately after playing can help, but lately, a more high-tech solution has been developed by the manufacturers of Gore-Tex waterproofing. Elixir strings employ a thin plastic coating which is designed to seal the string without affecting the sound. Elixirs original Polyweb coating has recently been joined by the even thinner
NanowebA thin plastic coating developed by Dupont and used in the manufacture of Elixir coated strings.Nanoweb
Coated strings have now also been developed by other major manufacturers including DAddario.
Another unusual process is employed in the manufacture of Dean Markleys Blue Steel strings - rapid freezing in liquid nitrogen followed by a gradual
ReturnA 'return' is a desk input that brings back audio originally output for processing. There are two common types: the insert, where the whole channel signal is interrupted and sent directly out to a compressor or similar processor and then returned back to the channel, usually before the EQ stage; and the auxiliary send and return where only part of the signal is sent for processing and the return mixed together with the original signal.return
NormalType of patchbay configuration in which a top row socket is internally connected by default to the corresponding bottom row socket; the connection may be broken by inserting a plug into one or both front panel sockets, depending on the type of normalling in use.normal
temperature. It is claimed that this results in longer-lasting brilliance.