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Coated strings anyone?


Michele C.

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Hello, I bought a new set of Elixirs for my guitar. I do not play the acoustic guitar so often, so the strings have time to deaden the second time I hold it, that's why I opted for coated strings.

On bass I like more my Rotosounds one week after I change them. I tried the DR Neons and I was not glad I did. Not only I found them too brilliant, but I hated the touch of them, on the plucking hand.

These acoustic strings I bought are smoother and less rubbery, and I am considering again coated strings for my fretted bass, which usually goes with round wounds.

What is your experience with coated strings?

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I tried a free set of Elixrs on my bass a while back. They were OK and I believe most of us, over time, had them fray up a bit which didn't really change the sound or playability. Although they were technically "coated" they really didn't have the sound, feel or characteristics of coated bass strings.

 

There will be a major difference in sound and feel with traditional (not Elixr) coated strings and roundwounds. Also, as we would expect, with a major string changes the bridge and nut may need some work as well.

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I tried some Elixirs on my bass when they came out over a decade ago because a band mate was the distributer for them at the time. They were ok, but as noted, they peeled and frayed and got annoying. I prefer traditional strings.

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I've used Elixr strings before and I liked them. Greatly reduced string friction which made it more comfortable to play. They sounded good but not as bright as non coated strings. Mine didn't fray like some of the others have said rather they chipped off in the area where I used a pick. It didn't look very nice but there didn't seem to be any noticeable changes in tone or intonation to my ears. Stopped using them because they no longer sell the packaged 5 string set. You have to buy a 4 string set and add the B separate. Got to be a pain and it added to the cost.

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I like a set of nylon tapewound strings. They've got a beautiful, full, round tone. I even made a point of keeping the set that had been on my Jack Casady which I sold, and put THAT set on my Gibson Midtown hollowbody. I like them THAT MUCH.

 

I did buy a set of DR Black Beauties way back when. And I've never used them. Right now, I don't think that I have a bass that I'd like to string with that set. I may even put them up for sale since I don't foresee using them any time soon. I have heard good things about coated strings and that the coating helps to give the string a longer life. But on at least 2 of my basses I am explicitly going for a dead string / thump kind of tone.

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Well, I put the strings on my guitar and I like the feeling of these. Smoother feeling makes me feel faster. And this set is a .012, but feels softer. maybe when these Rotosounds lose the metal I might try a set on bass.

Regards Tapewounds, it's a love/hate relation. I miss them when they are in the drawer and look forward to taking them off after a little while because I miss the growl.

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Tapewounds are very different than teflon-coated strings.

 

I've used the teflon strings. Yes, they stay brighter longer than regular roundwounds, but they start a little less bright.

 

When the coating starts coming off and there are teflon strings hanging off the strings, it can be very annoying, but it doesn't affect the playability.

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I liked them on an acoustic guitar, but didn't like them enough to pay the premium over regular guitar strings. My sweat isn't caustic, like some people's I know. (I don't mean that in a snarky-mean way. I just know some guitar players who can rust up a set of strings in no time at all. Mine last forever, and on a guitar with flatwounds I'll even replace the unwound strings once or twice before I replace the wound strings.)

 

I'd be interested in trying the teflon coated strings on fretless. Might the coating stay put a little longer than on a fretted instrument?

 

Right now, I'm totally addicted to the nylon tapes on my #1 fretless. They're just so finger-friendly, and I dig their mhwaa-before-buzz quotient.

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I liked them on an acoustic guitar, but didn't like them enough to pay the premium over regular guitar strings. My sweat isn't caustic, like some people's I know. (I don't mean that in a snarky-mean way. I just know some guitar players who can rust up a set of strings in no time at all. Mine last forever, and on a guitar with flatwounds I'll even replace the unwound strings once or twice before I replace the wound strings.)

 

I'd be interested in trying the teflon coated strings on fretless. Might the coating stay put a little longer than on a fretted instrument?

 

Right now, I'm totally addicted to the nylon tapes on my #1 fretless. They're just so finger-friendly, and I dig their mhwaa-before-buzz quotient.

 

When I used the elixirs, it was on a fretted, and that's where they frayed - at the frets. So it's likely they would last a lot longer on a fret less, and I can see more benefit to the smoothness playing that style, if you can get used to it. It does feel different.

Dan

 

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