Elixer strings... Are they worth it?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SONICATTACK, Oct 2, 2001.



    Sep 26, 2001
    in the sun
    I'm considering getting a set of Elixer's. But before I shell out the 50 beans I kinda want to know what everyone thinks of them. I mean can I live without them or should I give them a try??
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    A. You can live without them.
    B. They're worth the money.

    I have a set of Elixir Polywebs (050-105) that I've used on two basses. They are very nice, and keep their tone for a long time. They sound like nickel rounds, which they are under the plastic, but the coating mellows them somewhat. I currently have them on my Washburn, and they sound really good on that bass. I didn't like them as much on my Precision, which is now wearing Slowounds.

    The reason I say you can live without them is that there are plenty of nickels that sound just as good and cost a lot less. However, if you like the sound of the Elixirs, they're definitely worth the money IMO. Also, I think you can get them for considerably less than 50 bucks US if you try.
  3. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    SONIC ATTACK, what kind of sound are you after?? If it is a bright tone, Elixirs probably will dissappoint you. Tell us more about the sound you're after.
  4. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Elixir's aren't terribly bright but bright enough for me. I like their tone but LOVE their feel more than anything.


    Sep 26, 2001
    in the sun
    In my band we play anything from old beach boys type music to all out Mosh pit metal. :D So I guess i'm looking for a clear bright but slightly warm tone. Which so far I've acheved with my boomers but hey there's always room for improvements. I like my eq pretty much flat exept a boost at ~50hz and a slight curve upward at 1.5khz and I tend to drop frequencys ~125 hz down 6db. Get's rid of that muddiness. :cool:
  6. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    Tried 'em in 2 different gauges, just didn't like them, but a lot of players swear by them. My current faves are TI Jazz flats and rounds, and GHS pressurewounds.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I finally took a pair off of my Geddy Lee Jazz after a year. Still sound like new, but they just aren't bright enough for me.

    If someone could make a string as bright as stainless that was coated, I would be all over it.
  8. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Elixirs arent for you dude. They sound dull and are horrible with a pick. I have nanowebs and I still think theyre dull. Cant wait to go back to my beloved Ernie Balls. :)
  9. I've been using Elixir's for 4 years and won't use anything else.
    I got a free set of Warwick Black Label strings so I naturally put them on and they were off in 2 days with a new set of Polywebs.

    They last forever.

    Yes they are mellower then Stainless Steel Wound Rounds, but thats what I like about them.

    Slippery Sliding without the "zipper" sound.

    No blisters.

    They save my frets. Years of constant playing with Elixir's and my frets are still perfectly new.
  10. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    I love Elixirs and consider them less expensive in the long run because they last so long. So I imagine you play with a pick frequently? I dunno how long Elixirs will stand up to that. I play almost all fingerstyle, and I don't like very much high edge.

    Donne D, do you play pickstyle much? How much? Are the Elixirs on a fretted bass? And what life do you get out of a set?

    And by the way you can get a set of 4 for only $36 plus shipping at www.juststrings.com
  11. I play finger-style on a fretted Warwick Streamer.

    I use the Elixir "Regular-Long Scale" with the .050 G string rather then "Soft Top's" with the .045 G.

    The slightly fatter G string is much better.

    Actually I've never worn out a set of Elixir's.
    I change them every 6 months or so, even though they don't really need to be changed.

    When Elixir came out with the new 'Nano-Webs" I thought they were going to discontinue my favorite Poly-Webs... so a stocked up and bought a few sets at once. Well they are (so far) making both types of strings. I pay $40 a set.


    Sep 26, 2001
    in the sun
    Yeah I do, about 50% of the time, It really depends on the attitude of the song, whether it needs a more round sound or a beater clicky type attack. What ever the tune calls for is what it getts.
  13. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Well, I just put a set of Elixir Polywebs on my frettted Conklin 7 (with a wound stainless high F -- I think it's the Conklin Snakeskin that came on the bass). I pick a couple of songs a gig -- which are sadly somewhat sparse these days :( .

    Will report back after a few more gigs with pick wear and such.
  14. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Ditto. Except I couldn't wait to go back to my DR's. I'm happy again;)