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post Oct 9 2008, 09:07 PM
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I just had to say it.

I was used to Dean Markleys signature strings, and usually after 3-4 weeks playing 2 hours/day I had to change them, because they were almost black. They really were corroded and black to the point they even stained my fingers if I played with them for 5 weeks. (I guess my finger sweat/acids are specially nasty for strings...)

So after many string changes and watching my strings start to slowly fade to black after just a few days I decided to give elixir's a shot, they are quite expensive (more than twice the price of Dean Markleys!), but they are just AWESOME.

I've been playing with the same set of strings for over 6 weeks now, and they are still shiny like new! And they keep their tone and feel, just amazing. When I got them I thought they wouldn't be any better... but they are certainly worth it. Thought I had to share it, though I'm sure many of you have already tried them. Great stuff smile.gif



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post Oct 9 2008, 09:10 PM
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I agree! I won't touch anything but elixirs now, they stay like-new for such a long time ohmy.gif

I managed to grab a 4-pack on ebay a while ago, looks like that'll last for ages now (and it only came out as about $12 a set)
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post Oct 9 2008, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Oct 9 2008, 03:07 PM) *
I just had to say it.

I was used to Dean Markleys signature strings, and usually after 3-4 weeks playing 2 hours/day I had to change them, because they were almost black. They really were corroded and black to the point they even stained my fingers if I played with them for 5 weeks. (I guess my finger sweat/acids are specially nasty for strings...)

So after many string changes and watching my strings start to slowly fade to black after just a few days I decided to give elixir's a shot, they are quite expensive (more than twice the price of Dean Markleys!), but they are just AWESOME.

I've been playing with the same set of strings for over 6 weeks now, and they are still shiny like new! And they keep their tone and feel, just amazing. When I got them I thought they wouldn't be any better... but they are certainly worth it. Thought I had to share it, though I'm sure many of you have already tried them. Great stuff smile.gif



I don't have trouble with strings, mine stay shiny forever. I don't do anything special, must have something to do with skin oils or sweat of some people.

I would only be interested in these if they were quieter when I am using a lot of distortion (w.r.t. picking up noise from my right palm sliding on the strings as I often do). But I doubt that will be the case, as nobody has ever said that. It would not seem likely, as compared to my cheap strings with fast fret or olive oil.

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post Oct 9 2008, 09:18 PM
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Yep. I love elixir tone and durability.

The only downside is that they are harder to bend than other strings I tried.


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post Oct 9 2008, 09:20 PM
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QUOTE (Gus @ Oct 9 2008, 09:18 PM) *
Yep. I love elixir tone and durability.

The only downside is that they are harder to bend than other strings I tried.


Really? I stuck with the same string gauge and found there not to be a difference...

Infact i remember thinking that vibrato was a little easyier- as the strings have that coating (i guess).
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post Oct 9 2008, 09:25 PM
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QUOTE (Gus @ Oct 9 2008, 03:18 PM) *
Yep. I love elixir tone and durability.

The only downside is that they are harder to bend than other strings I tried.


I don't understand this. I just about never change strings, and I play a lot. Never need to, even after months, if I change them, there is really no difference to speak of. I do feel like my fingers have natural oil in them, maybe that is the thing with me, and some people.
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post Oct 9 2008, 09:31 PM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Oct 9 2008, 10:25 PM) *
I don't understand this. I just about never change strings, and I play a lot. Never need to, even after months, if I change them, there is really no difference to speak of. I do feel like my fingers have natural oil in them, maybe that is the thing with me, and some people.


Lucky you! In my case normal strings begin to loose their bright metalic color and turn darker and darker till they literally end up black in 5 weeks or so. Specially in the areas were I play a lot. And of course the decrease in brightness affects the sound till it kills it too. Plus they don't feel smooth to the fingers, they begin to get stuck in the areas were they go black, they can even harm the finger tips if you keep playing when they are "corroded black".

As for elixirs helping decrease unwanted noise when sliding... I'm afraid they won't help you there. Their main advantage is their resistent coating which prserves tgeir tone and perfect texture for weeks. Enough for me!


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post Oct 9 2008, 09:32 PM
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If your strings don't go black even after a while, you may then call yourself a very lucky person. I have the exact same problem as Fran. My strings get rusty very quick (Ernie Balls needed only 5 days to go completly useless), and i have to change them after a month (Daddarios and Dean Markleys). I do sweat a lot. dry.gif My strings went so rusty, they would break while bending. dry.gif dry.gif Now I'm and Elixir fan. rolleyes.gif I've installed mine 2 months ago and i'm still using them. cool.gif cool.gif

Hail Elixir strings!!! They are expensive here where I live, but definitely worth the price. Definitely. cool.gif biggrin.gif


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post Oct 9 2008, 09:33 PM
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Elixir is awesome.
With my sweating problem it was like new set every week or som,
Elixir lasts a month,even more.

And I have 15 sets in the closet,just in case . biggrin.gif


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post Oct 9 2008, 09:34 PM
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I've been using Elixirs now for about a year and a half and I won't use anything else. I LOVE them!!! I find they sound amazing and are very easy on the fingers. I have them on both my electric and acoustic. They hold up very well and last me quite awhile.
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post Oct 9 2008, 09:56 PM
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cool, I might try those. It really bugs me that after like, a week, my strings are corroded black. I get dirt and rust on my fingers! I was considering trying these... they're a little bit more expensive, but strings are THE cheapest thing in music besides guitar picks.


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post Oct 9 2008, 09:58 PM
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hm, sounds interesting. The price was making me hesitate up to now .... but i will try them. Thanks !




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post Oct 9 2008, 10:02 PM
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i thought wiping down your strings prevented corrosion?


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post Oct 9 2008, 10:06 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Oct 9 2008, 10:02 PM) *
i thought wiping down your strings prevented corrosion?

to a certain extent it does- but i didnt have the patience for a complete wipe down after every session dry.gif
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Oct 9 2008, 10:20 PM) *
Really? I stuck with the same string gauge and found there not to be a difference...

Infact i remember thinking that vibrato was a little easyier- as the strings have that coating (i guess).


Some time ago I was really short of money and I was using rotosound (which is actually not necessarily economy since they last less then Elixir) . When I moved back to Elixir, with exactly same gauges, I even had to readjust my floyd rose (more than I expected).
I think also D'addario is easier to bend than Elixir (it has been a long time I don't play it though). And the strings that came on stock on my Ibanez were even easier to bend (too sloppy for my taste actually.).

Right now I am using .009 Elixir tuned on Eb. It is just perfect feeling to me.

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post Oct 9 2008, 11:55 PM
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I tried out Elixirs on one of my guitars for a couple of months and yes, their durability/longevity is amazing!

However i had to change to a different brand because i found them more difficult to play with, they are definitely harder to bend and are inherently tougher than other brands of the same gauge.

The fatigue in my fingers would reduce my practice time overall and i thought to hell with it, a standard set of strings will last me a couple of months if i treat them properly (cleaning before and after playing, a little metal polish once a week really helps too actually).

Elixirs are great, but not for me i'm afraid hehe.
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Hmm I never get to trying out some elixirs on bass...


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post Oct 10 2008, 11:04 AM
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yup there amazing.
im playing for almost year
and totaly i change only 4-5 times string
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elixir is now on my guitar almost ammm half year,and with my crappy wha wha the just survive everything.
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I may give them a try. I use different strings on all my guitars but I might try Elixirs on my Parker Nitefly M.


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Coated strings FTW.


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