Elixir Roundwound Bass Strings


Elixir is a more recent arrival on the bass-string market. From the looks of their website, it appears they are only now offering their "Nanoweb" bass strings.

Elixir strings are Nickel Roundwounds.

These strings are coated and claim to sport a much longer lifespan, which can actually make them less expensive in the long run. Many reviews seem to verify this.

Elixir Bass strings are known all throughout for their quality and their tonality – however that may or may not be the best thing for you. 

Since these strings are coated they deliver a sound that you may not be accustomed to. I know many people are complaining about this at various places while others like them. 

When you compare Elixir Bass Strings to something from D’Addario many people said they actually prefer the D’Addario strings for brightness and overall quality even though the Elixirs may last longer. The overall feel felt “off” for many people. Again I think it is due to the way these strings are coated. 

While certainly not poor by any means, these strings will deliver a sound that you may like and they do last a long time which is a plus. However, the number of people who were complaining versus those who were raving about these strings was striking from what I have found. Please feel free to offer your opinions to the contrary however. 

Another strange thing is that these strings seem to turn a weird brown color in certain spots. If you do any playing in front of a large group of people then clearly this is going to detract from your overall look. Again this is not the best scenario in my opinion. 

Are these strings worth the cost? It depends on your own experiences. I recommend, as we often do, to try to get your hands on a bass that has them, or get a cheap, even used set so you can get a basic idea of what the sound and feel is like before making any commitments.

 


Here is a video with a sound sample of the Elixir strings


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