Elixir Stainless Steel Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by triplelutz, Aug 20, 2012.


  1. triplelutz

    triplelutz Supporting Member

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    Hey Y'all-

    I've been using Elixirs for about a decade now... Love them. I use them on all my basses... Fenders, Low End Basses and my Lakland Fretless. I love Nickel Strings and have never really been a fan on Steel.... on any bass.

    There have been a few times over the years where I did need a brighter sound in the studio... I always hesitated, then threw on some DR Hi-Beams or some Blue Steels... they sounded great but were dead after the session... (My hands sweat a bunch and kill strings, except Elixirs :)

    Elixir recently sent me their new Stainless Steel string and I immediately threw them on my 78 Jazz for a session. They are the perfect answer for those Elixir lovers who need a little more brightness... AND they stay that way for a while! :hyper:

    Once again, Elixir has done a great job of meeting the needs of players like me... A great feeling and sounding string that lasts... I need nothing more.

    Thanks Elixir!

    Dan
     
  2. Alexdeth89

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    Have u heard of DR dragon skins? this guy says they're basically hi beams with the coating on
     
  3. Solarmist

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    Elixir makes SS rounds? I'll have to check them out.

    I've always thought that Elixir nano's are some of the most beautiful sounding strings.
     
  4. triplelutz

    triplelutz Supporting Member

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    Yea- in in a session right now using them and they're just sounding incredible!
     
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  6. CElton

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    Elixir nickels on my SR5 and SS on my 55-02. Perfect!
     
  7. triplelutz

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    Yep- I bet that sounds great!
     
  8. CElton

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    For those that haven't tried Elixirs in a while, you should consider giving them a try out. I've used them for a few years and they've made some great improvements recently. In particular, how they feel. Much closer to an uncoated string than in the past.
     
  9. triplelutz

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    Agreed- I love how smooth they feel. There's nothing sticky about them...something I hate in other strings. Even in humid conditions, Elixirs stay smooth, in tune, and bright.

    I do have sweaty hands so the elixirs are so perfect for me. One set lasts me at least two months of fairly regular playing ( I do have 6 basses in rotation )

    Dan
     
  10. Solarmist

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    Some of the people here don't like the feel of the nano's, but I sure do ... very slick & easy on the fingers ... not slimy at all.

    I just checked bassstringsonline, and they have them (4string) for $35. I usually get D'Add Prosteels ($14)(which are my personal fave), but I'm going to try a set anyway ..... they had better last twice as long!
     
  11. triplelutz

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    The Elixirs are the best feeling string IMO. and yes, I'd gladly pay $35-45 for a set knowing it'll last me literally 4 or 5 times longer then another set.
     
  12. triplelutz

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    Update: still loving the tone, feel and longevity of these Elixir Steels! Lasting me 3-4xs longer then most stainless steel and still sound as new as the first day... Y'all need to check these out!
     
  13. triplelutz

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    Bumping this thread because we're now on new servers and I'm still diggin the heck outta these Elixir Steels! Whoa!
     
  14. mmbongo

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    You should try the DragonSkins :)
     
  15. Mike M.

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    Last night I put a set of the Elixir Nanoweb's on my 2011 Fender American Standard 5 string Jazz bass for the first time. I was going to put them on onother bass but seeing how I needed a string change I thought why not?

    Very alive sounding and man, do they ever feel nice! I like that slick feeling to them. I had a set of DR Nickel Lo Riders on before and the tension seems to feel pretty equal except for the low B string. Don't know for sure how much differance this makes with the tension, but the DR's were installed thru the body (as I've always done) and I top loaded the Eilixers. Part reason why I top loaded is because the taper length on the low B wasn't long enough going thru the body (about 1/4" short) but again, I'm not sure if this is why it seems a bit looser or not. But I've got a fairly "direct" was of playing with my fingertips a bit before the bridge pickup and as long as I don't dig in too much it's not so bad. Maybe next time I'll try a full core low B thru the body and see if it makes a differance with the tension.

    But all and all (after one night) I like what I'm hearing. They've got a great clarity and this bass needs that. Of the few Jazz basses I own this one is by far the darkest sounding one...and it's got a maple fretboard....but it's dark in a good way and for me that works quite well.

    Triplelutz, seeing how my Jazz bass is dark sounding and based on what you've said about the SS Elixers I may give them a try next time around. But I'm going to work with these Nanowebs for a while. I believe these Nano's are nickel plated steel? All in all very nice.
     
  16. jimc

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    I'm a long time Elixir user but recently got a set of Dragon Skins to try. Used them on a couple of rehearsals, they sounded good but they feel 'sticky' just like when I've tried the black beauties before, the Elixirs are going back on!
     
  17. triplelutz

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    Yes!! Glad u dug them. I think those Steel Elixirs will really make u smile. They aren't super bright, but will certainly sound brighter then those nickels.

    But what I enjoy most about Elixir is how long they last- I do gigs at least 3-5 times a week and they last me months... 2 or 3 months. So cool!

    Enjoy!
     
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    Yea- that smooth feel of the Elixirs is totally addictive.
     
  19. adivin

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    Some people are searching for the "Roto" sound, but want something that last longer, and that is usually where Elixir enters the conversation. I haven't seen the Rotosound Nexus coated string discussed much. Anyone have any experience with these?
     
  20. triplelutz

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    I haven't tried those strings, but to be honest, I'm so happy with Elixirs, that I really don't need to try.... the other coated strings I've messed with feel sticky.... Elixirs are so SMOOTH and clean feeling!
     
  21. jg42

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    got them earlier this week, but haven't tried yet.
     

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