I prefer my strings broken in for a few days before they get the sound that I like. I find that the coating on the Elixir's give me this sound instantly and keep it going for months. The perfect strings for me.
Someone told be about elixir strings and the soft feel they offered. I had just mounted a set of new strings that felt like it was eating my fingers, making me quite unhappy with that choice, so i decided to give the Elixirs a try.
The feel is not like a tapewound or or flatwound string, it's still a roundwound, only softer. You get less sliding noise and your plucking hand's calluses aren't eaten up that fast. I love that.
The sound can not compare with a superfresh set of normal strings, they lack a little of the harsh brightness that i use to filter out by dialing back on the highs until the strings are broken in. You could say they sound like a set of strings that are about two weeks old (if you're not a super heavy player with more than an hour playtime a day) straight out of the box. And that sound is kept for a really long period of time. I'd say elixirs last at least twice as long as normal roundwounds. I like a string best when it's well broken in and has had about 2/3 of its lifespan spent on the bass and elixirs stay like that forever (after about 18 months the coating comes off and the strings look fuzzy, that's the signal to change them for me).
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