I own 23 guitars, and I want to play them whenever I want. Elixir has solved this problem in a brilliant manner. I use them on ALL my instruments and the result is really good. Maybe not the best strings the first 3-4 hours, but compared later they have no rivals.
Strings! Strings Strings! My other reviews recently have spoken about guitar sound but one important element often overlooked by gear heads is the strings themselves. They are such an important part of your overall sound so it's best to get the right ones: I keep coming back to Elixirs.
How do they feel? What's with the covering?
These strings are coated in an ultra-thin layer of gore-tex material. It does alter the feel of the strings, only marginally. They have a smooth butteriness to them without being overtly sticky. On the plus side, where some strings feel coarse when they've been on a while (as they oxidise/corrode/whatever they do) these generally don't do this and can be easily cleaned/wiped down after playing.
How does it sound? Does it dull the sound of the strings?
I'd say over the lifespan of a string - no. What you lose in a certain degree of freshness with brand new, say cobalt, strings you make up for in longevity. Where normal strings pass their 'best before' relatively quickly, Elixir strings sound almost as the day you bought them a couple of months down the line.
Are they good value?
Yes I believe the extended lifespan of the strings (and the respective quality and feel later into the life of the string) absolutely warrants the cost. It is perfect for casual players who aren't inclined to change strings every week. If you're playing a gig every night and have the finances to buy loads of new strings, maybe you don't need these!
As for super light - yep a great gauge for shredding, intricate licks, bending etc. and I don't feel like they're too wire-y or hurt the fingers at all.
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