Best Strings For My Needs
January 6, 2020
Let's get this out of the way first - yes, I *prefer the tone and sound of natural strings, and yes, they bend more easily. However, my PH balance is obviously not conducive to string longevity, apparently. LOL. A normal set of strings will start corroding and "feeling" old within a week or two; I only play at home.
Back in my so-called "Pro" (touring) days, I needed to install new strings before every gig - that could be 5 to 7 times a week! I was first introduced to Elixir strings about 25 years ago, but even back then, I felt their cost was ridiculous. I finally took the plunge and bought a set while they were on sale. Instead of changing my strings constantly, my first set of original Elixir 'Polyweb's lasted for close to a month! I've also used D'Addario EXPs once in a while, but overall, I've found Nanoweb strings to be the best "FEELING", longest LASTING, most DEPENDABLE coated strings available. I've been regularly using Elixir strings since 18 or 20 years now.
Although they feel a little bit stiffer than normal strings, they aren't unduly so. It doesn't bother me on 24.75 scale (Les Paul), but the tension is more noticeable on a 25.5 scale (Tele/Strat). For this reason, I prefer 9s on most Fenders and 10s on Gibsons.
Thankfully, StringsAndBeyond offer acceptable prices and free shipping so the company has pretty much become my sole source for strings, picks, Snark Tuners, and et cetera. The "3 for price of 2" boxes are a decent deal, but the packaging SUCKS! No individual string wrappers and box material is paper thin. I'm strongly considering going back to the individual packs instead.
Kind regards & God bless,
ProsLess finger squeaks and noise.
Long lasting. Like it says on the tin: 3 - 5 times longer than normal strings.
ConsStiffer tension than normal strings.
Coating will flake, especially under the picking region.
Too blasted expensive.