|Deep Cat ||09-18-2013 12:47 PM |
Elixir Polywebs, What's The Coating?
Everyone in the world, it seems who have played Elixir Polywebs report on how awesome they are, as far as having extremely long lasting liveliness. With that in mind, it is no surprise they've discontinued them, considering that they really sell to guitar stores. If your string lasts forever, you aren't replacing them before every gig.
I don't question the merits of the strings, or have criticism of their business plan.
I just wonder what they are coating them with to make an otherwise normal string so long lived. The implication of the name is that they are coated with a shot of polyurethane.
Does anyone know what they do more or less specifically to their strings? Has anyone tried to reverse engineer their product to any degree of success?
|JellinWellen ||09-18-2013 12:53 PM |
Think of it as how a sausage/hotdog is made, you make the ground up meat (string) and you have the casing on the outside (poly web). Unlike other coated strings the polywebs are coated AFTER the string is complete. Other strings coat the unwound windings and THEN wind them. That's the major difference and what makes them so good.
|Deep Cat ||09-18-2013 12:58 PM |
Thanks, that's good to know. It gets me closer to a thing. I wonder, though, what they are coated with.
|JellinWellen ||09-18-2013 01:00 PM |
I believe it was the same material as the nanowebs but I may be wrong. I do know that some had anti rust on the non wound strings for electric guitars which was superior then the other polywebs.
|Luckydog ||09-18-2013 07:46 PM |
Both the poly (discontinued for bass) and the nano are coated with a proprietary material manufactured by Gore. I would expext the material to be very similar if not identical to Gore-tex. I was sorry to see the polys discontinued. I suspect the length of time they lasted hampered sales, so maybe that factored into the decision. Some people complained about the tone. Some also complained about the feel, which they described as "slimey", and the fact that some of the coating would fray after a period of use, particularly if a pick was used. I always liked the feel, and the fraying took a lot of time to develop with my playing style.
|Zooberwerx ||09-18-2013 07:55 PM |
Gore also makes Glide dental floss and the two are strikingly similar IMO.
|CapnSev ||09-19-2013 09:59 AM |
I wish they'd bring the Polyweb back. Those were my favorite bass strings.
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