Elixir makes just about any kind of guitar strings you can think of: electric, acoustic, bass, mandolin, and banjo. Elixir guitar strings are coated in special materials designed to prevent string corrosion, which is what starts to make even the best guitar strings start sounding like garbage after a while. Other companies use coatings on the wrap wire around the string, but Elixir guitar strings are coated in a special way that completely prevents corrosion.
How Guitar Strings Go Bad
There are teensy-tiny spaces in between guitar strings and the wrap wire around them, and even though the space is small, it’s enough for dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and other assorted junk to get in. Slowly but surely, all of that stuff starts to collect and mash together, which stops the strings from vibrating properly. And when that happens, you’ve got dead strings that sound like crap.
Elixir has a patented system for coating their strings so that contaminants can’t get in. It works like shrink wrapping; the string gets coated in an ultra thin polymer tube which protects the strings without inhibiting all those good vibrations.
Elixir guitar strings come in two different types of coatings: polyweb and nanoweb. Polyweb coated strings have a warm tone and are ultra smooth thanks to the slick coating around them. Being so smooth means they barely make any finger squeaking noise. Nanoweb coating is thinner and gives strings a brighter sound that is more similar to traditional, uncoated guitar strings.
Playing on dead strings just plain sucks; every guitar player knows it. Elixir guitar strings are made to sound better longer thanks to their patented coatings. If you’ve never tried a set, go pick some up and see how you like them. You might find they’re perfect for you.