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Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053)

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Combat finger grunge!

Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53.

Elixir Acoustic Guitar Strings are covered with an ultrathin, space-age polymer tube that contacts the string on the tops of the windings only. This leaves the all-important winding-to-winding-to-core space free from the fear of the enemies of tone!

Elixir Nanoweb coating permits acoustic guitar strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of traditional strings. Elixirs are the first major innovation in guitar strings in over forty years and they deliver what they promise: great tone and long life no matter what you put them on or how often you play.

Most players report that Elixir Strings keep sounding great 3 to 5 times longer than ordinary strings.

FEATURES
  • Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53
  • Acoustic guitar strings constructed with 80/20 (80% copper, 20% zinc) bronze wrap wire 
  • Played for a crisp, bright tone with an expressive, vibrant presence
  • Ultra-thin NANOWEB Coating provides a more traditionally textured, “uncoated” feel 
  • Patented coating technology protects against common corrosion, extending tone life longer than any other brand’s coated or uncoated strings (Elixir Strings player survey)
  • America’s #1 acoustic guitar string brand – MI Sales

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Elixir80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053)
 
4.2

(based on 217 reviews)

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    (148)

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    (21)

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    (12)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (61)
  • Long life (57)
  • Consistent (47)
  • Well built / quality (35)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (35)
  • Concerts (33)
  • Back-up (24)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (22), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's not the strings

I have been using Elixirs for over a decade. They sound great and last much longer than non-coated strings. They came on my first Taylor guitar, and I have used them exclusively ever...Read complete review

I have been using Elixirs for over a decade. They sound great and last much longer than non-coated strings. They came on my first Taylor guitar, and I have used them exclusively ever since. I play professionally and have used Elixirs on Taylor, Martin, Ovation and Yamaha guitars -- without ever having a string break. I really think that the breakage problems that have been mentioned are primarily due to the playing technique, stringing technique, and/or the guitar.

If you are experiencing breakage problems, I recommend having a guitar tech look at your guitar and check the saddle and nut for any sharp places or burrs that might be causing the breakage. If you are a heavy strummer, I suggest using a heavier gauge string. If you are tuning the guitar higher than 440, the strings will be more susceptible to breaking, due to the higher tension. Lastly, and this one may seem a bit strange, but you could try using a "lighter" gauge string, as well. One well know artist (don't recall his name) stated in a forum that he often broke strings until a friend suggested using a lighter gauge. That solved the problem!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

I Don't Like Breaking Strings

I own 5 Taylors. 914CE, 816CE, W65CE, 420 and a Baby. Since all except the 420 (purchased in 1993) came with Nanoweb Elixirs I was spoiled rotten with the tone. I've...Read complete review

I own 5 Taylors. 914CE, 816CE, W65CE, 420 and a Baby. Since all except the 420 (purchased in 1993) came with Nanoweb Elixirs I was spoiled rotten with the tone. I've had a love affair with Elixir Strings for years. I love these strings ... don't get me wrong. Since day one, I've broken them. On the 914CE, which uses Light Gauge, the G-String would snap at the bridge. I always thought it was me. I tried using fine sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots on the bridge with no luck. So, I'm replacing these strings at a set a week. It drove me crazy to be at a gig and not concentrate on my playing 100% because a string might snap. People I played with had a running bet which song I'd break a string on. So I bought the 816CE which uses Medium Gauge to be a "go to" guitar if I snap a string on the 914CE. Guess what happens now? Yep ... the 816CE starts breaking the Nanoweb Elixirs. This time, it's the D String at the nut. I'm ready to cry now. The W65CE broke strings too but being a 12 string it didn't concern me much because I only used it on 3 or 4 songs. I play hard. I get emotional with playing and that translates into hard picking, for some reason. 3 months ago, I got so disgusted, I tried some D'Adarrio EXP Phosphor Bronze. Guess what? No breakage even with me playing hard, on purpose, trying to break them. The D'Adarrios don't break. I put another set of Elixirs on the 914CE and broke a D-string this time ... at the bridge. The D'Adarrios don't have that Elixir "sound" that I have been addicted to but they sound nice and most importantly ...THEY DON'T BREAK. The D'Adarrios lose that "zing" quicker. They deaden in about a week. Elixir ... please ... I beg of you ... fix the problem. I want to come back. I love you ... I just can't trust you.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I Don't Like Breaking Strings

By Satyr

from Portland, OR

Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

I own 5 Taylors. 914CE, 816CE, W65CE, 420 and a Baby. Since all except the 420 (purchased in 1993) came with Nanoweb Elixirs I was spoiled rotten with the tone. I've had a love affair with Elixir Strings for years. I love these strings ... don't get me wrong. Since day one, I've broken them. On the 914CE, which uses Light Gauge, the G-String would snap at the bridge. I always thought it was me. I tried using fine sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots on the bridge with no luck. So, I'm replacing these strings at a set a week. It drove me crazy to be at a gig and not concentrate on my playing 100% because a string might snap. People I played with had a running bet which song I'd break a string on. So I bought the 816CE which uses Medium Gauge to be a "go to" guitar if I snap a string on the 914CE. Guess what happens now? Yep ... the 816CE starts breaking the Nanoweb Elixirs. This time, it's the D String at the nut. I'm ready to cry now. The W65CE broke strings too but being a 12 string it didn't concern me much because I only used it on 3 or 4 songs. I play hard. I get emotional with playing and that translates into hard picking, for some reason. 3 months ago, I got so disgusted, I tried some D'Adarrio EXP Phosphor Bronze. Guess what? No breakage even with me playing hard, on purpose, trying to break them. The D'Adarrios don't break. I put another set of Elixirs on the 914CE and broke a D-string this time ... at the bridge. The D'Adarrios don't have that Elixir "sound" that I have been addicted to but they sound nice and most importantly ...THEY DON'T BREAK. The D'Adarrios lose that "zing" quicker. They deaden in about a week. Elixir ... please ... I beg of you ... fix the problem. I want to come back. I love you ... I just can't trust you.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's not the strings

Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

I have been using Elixirs for over a decade. They sound great and last much longer than non-coated strings. They came on my first Taylor guitar, and I have used them exclusively ever since. I play professionally and have used Elixirs on Taylor, Martin, Ovation and Yamaha guitars -- without ever having a string break. I really think that the breakage problems that have been mentioned are primarily due to the playing technique, stringing technique, and/or the guitar.

If you are experiencing breakage problems, I recommend having a guitar tech look at your guitar and check the saddle and nut for any sharp places or burrs that might be causing the breakage. If you are a heavy strummer, I suggest using a heavier gauge string. If you are tuning the guitar higher than 440, the strings will be more susceptible to breaking, due to the higher tension. Lastly, and this one may seem a bit strange, but you could try using a "lighter" gauge string, as well. One well know artist (don't recall his name) stated in a forum that he often broke strings until a friend suggested using a lighter gauge. That solved the problem!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best strings i have ever used

By Kyle Reeve

from Undisclosed

Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

amazing strings to say the least
so the first time i ever tangled with elixirs was on my birthday two years ago and when i read the package i was not quite sold on the idea of coated strings, but after i put them on my cheepy acustic i quickly found what my guitar instructor was saying to be true, i received another set that same year for christmas and they have been on my guitar ever since, thats a whole year without changing the strings and they still sound amazing i will never play anything but elixir acustic guitar strings ever again they are simplely the top of the line and i would recomend them to anyone who plays acustic or wants to learn guitar

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Strings

By JC

from Bangor, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

    These strings have great tone and long life as advertised.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This review may only apply to Taylor guitar players

    By Derek Heavner

    from MD

    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

    I bought a Taylor 114 ce new about two years ago and these strings bring out the best tone in that guitar. I tried a few different brands, but none of them could produce the tone that convinced me to buy the guitar in the first place. Although I can't speak for the higher end Taylors (of which I have never played and will never be able to afford), it almost seems that Taylor has assembled this guitar with the elixirs as being a key element in the design. Nonetheless, when paired with the Taylor these strings really shine. They are a little too bright when first applied, but after you play them for a day or two the tone evens out and it sounds well balanced (at least to my ears) for both flatpicking and fingerstyle. Also, as I stated before, I have never had them break during a performance. All in all, if you have a Taylor, then I would highly recommend you buy these strings.
    Contrary to many of the reiews I've seen here, I have never had a problem with these strings breaking, and they last longer than non-coated. They can leave some residue on the fretboard, but it can be easily cleaned when the strings are changed.
    They have lasted well enough for me
    They certainly aren't the cheapest, but they are the only ones which work well with my guitar.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    VERY IMPRESSED!!!

    By piloto117

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

    Coated strings. I have shyed away from these ever since they hit the market thinking that you would sacrifice too much tone for longer stringlife....until now. I bought an electroacoustic a few years ago (Yamaha APX700) and have tried different brands, gauges and types of strings because I wasn't fully satisfied with the sound specially with the guitar plugged in. A friend of mine has a very similiar guitar and I have always admired the way it sounded plugged in, because it's got a great tone with very little if any eq at all. I always thought it had to do with the pickup system and the guitar itself until it ocurred to me to ask him what type of strings he uses. Turns out he uses Elixir but a lighter gauge. I decided to bite the bullet and try these out. Wow, I'm truly blown away! The tone is great! I've used them for a short time, so I don't know how long they'll last, but I'm sold on these at least for this guitar! Try them out, it's worth it, they're that good!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best I've used

    By Andy

    from Belhaven, NC

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Less Slide Noise
    • Long Life

    Cons

    • Nothing To Con About

    Best Uses

      Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

      I made my full-time living playing in bands in the late 1960's through the mid 1970's, and part-time/occasionally since then; but I play every day. I've been using only Elixir Nanoweb Lights for as long as I can remember (18+ years?. On a couple occasions the wound strings have worn/un-wound in small patches. Nothing is perfect, but for guitar strings, these are the closest I've found to perfect.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic

      By Justin

      from Manalapan, NJ

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

        Simply the best strings out there. Last forever unless you break them. You better make sure they're in tune, because if they aren't then you'll be able to tell. They have an amazingly clear, full sound. No other strings I've ever used have felt as good or sounded half as wonderful.

        Looking for the best acoustic strings? You just found them.

        Congratulations

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best tone on my ovation

        By Tripper

        from Pleasant Hill MO>

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Got Turned On To Exlixer
        • Just Love The Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accoustic Long Lasting
          • Concerts

          Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

          I used Dean Markley's for years, also D'adario, exlixer beats both on my guitar

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Must

          By slammyjammy38

          from New Jersey

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          Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

          I LOVE This Strings! While wouldn't keep them on for 7 months... they do last a very long time. I love the sound... Bright highs and deep lows. I have been playing acoustic guitar for over 20 years and I have never used any strings that I love as much as these.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent, resonant long-lasting acoustic strings!

          By Peacemover

          from Abington, PA

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          Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

          Taylor guitars recommends only elixir strings for a very good reason- they are excellent, high-quality acoustic guitar strings! I have been using only elixir nanoweb light strings on my Taylor guitar for almost ten years and had great success. They deliver a rich, crisp, resonant tone; stay in tune; and with the ultra-thin nano coating they last up to 2 months of moderate daily play without impeding that marvelous tone. Elixir nanos are well worth every penny!
          The price point is the only drawback of elixirs, but since they last up to 3x as long as uncoated strings, the price is worth paying.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Extended life guitar strings

          By Fretman Jim

          from Claremont, California

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Extended Lifetime
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Outstanding Quality
          • Strong
          • The Choice Of The Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • A Truly Pro Guitar String

            Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

            The string is coated for extended playing time and consistent in tone and quality. Suitable for professional use and preferred my many pros for its consistent quality.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Light Nanoweb Acoustic Guitar strings

            By thirdstone123

            from Minnesota

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

            Let me start out by saying this; I love Elixir coated strings. I have sweaty hands that would quickly rust other strings I had been using. The Elixirs were a godsend for me. My first set lasted almost 2 years before I replaced them. My next set lasted only a couple of weeks before the Low E broke. I replaced it with an old one I had kept as a backup and that broke in a matter of days. I have concluded that the lights just don't hold up to the aggressive slap type of rhythm I have been playing recently in which the ball of my thumb (near the wrist) comes down repeatedly over the low E. I contacted the company and to their credit, they sent me a new set of strings, and quickly. I was impressed with this and didn't expect it. I will keep using Elixirs but am moving up to mediums to see if they can hold up to my playing. Prior to changing my playing style, I hadn't broken a single Elixir string. I highly recommend these strings, especially for those with damp hands. I use a Martin acoustic and the Elixir nano's are way better than the Martin acoustic strings I had been using.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Breaking G strings

            By Seasoned acoustic player

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

              I have been playing acoustic guitar since 1975 and have used all different guitar strings. I do not break strings as I am not that hard of a player. For acoustics I have a Taylor 810CE that I play every week and a baby taylor, Guild F212XL 12, several good sigmas, a yamaha, epiphone 12, Badell and Ibanez Mandolin, La Patrie classical. Each guitar has a tone of its own. The most expensive Taylor 810CE would consistently break the G string in the set when not even used for 5 hours. I switch to EXP16 and have not had a broken string in years! These Elixir coated strings cost too much to replace every week (or 5 hours of play time).

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Strings For Me.

              By anupjthomas

              from New Milford, NJ

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Feels Slick
              • Good Tone
              • Long lasting
              • Long Life
              • Original

              Cons

              • Not Corrosion Sealed
              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Performance
              • Practicing

              Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

              Great strings, and they are the original ones that came with my Taylor 314CE. I've been using them for years, and have had long periods where I haven't used them. Gave me perspective.

              Tone-wise, I'd say non-coated strings have a slightly better sound on the first day they're installed, but the tone changes so quickly compared to these strings. The benefits of these particular coated strings far outweight the cons. Keep in mind the nanoweb coating is so thing that you won't feel it. You will notice they feel more slick than regular strings, but you won't even see the coating till it starts to age.

              These last me about a month on regular use, 3 when played occasionally. Your mileage will vary.

              While in India, I couldn't get these on the regular. For a few years I got used to using D'Addarios. Now I can get these online for a lot less than I do in stores, and musiciansfriend offers great deals every now and then. Stores half the time never have the gauges I need (which are the regular 12-53 ones anyway). Have myself a year's supply now, sealed up in ziplock bags with silicone gel packets.

              Using a string cleaner like GHS Fastfret helps get the most out of your string life and tone. The combination makes it easy for me to play for hours, slide up and down with chords and leads, and protects my fingertips.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best strings I've ever used.

              By rfkaylor

              from El Cajon, California

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long lasting
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Good Tone For A Long Time
                • Practicing

                Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

                I just started using these strings because they are recommended by Taylor for my 814ce. I really like the tone and they last a lot longer than the strings I used to use. I'll be using these on my other guitars as I run out of my older sets.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                These can't be beat!

                By ALD

                from Pennsylvania

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

                    These are Elixirs. Hey, they need no review because they are just plain the best sounding, longest lasting acoustic guitar string in the world! I have used them for years on 27 of my acoustic guitars, and they have never once let me down. No string breakage, perfect clean, clear, tone ALWAYS, and they last easily for months of everyday play and still sound great. If you've never tried Elixir strings. Now is the time! They have never sounded better or lasted longer, and no string in the world can compete with these, as the reviews in her will almost always testify to. Get em!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Elixir Strings

                    By Gater

                    from SF Bay Area

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                    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

                    I have changed from Guild, to Dean Markley, to Ernie Ball, to D'Addario and now exclusively to using Elixir Nanoweb strings on both of my vintage, 1960's, 6 and 12 string Guild guitars.

                    I do weekly shows regularly and the Elixirs stay in tune better than any string I have used. When playing every night, we use to change strings once a week. Then when playing weekly, once a month. Now we go months without changing, With the Nanoweb coating they also don't corode like the regular phosor bronze strings. And they have just the sound we prefer. The D'Addario's were a bit too bright, the Guilds too soft and the Dean Markley's and Ernie Ball's totally unacceptable. The Elixir's are great for the Duo I have played with for years, and when playing rhythm, the sound is very full, and the lead is bright and clean. My partner also only plays Elixir's on his new Taylor acoustic.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    These strings suck!!

                    By Big J.D.

                    from Port Charlotte, FL

                    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

                    I have tried these strings twice and both times the G and D strings didn't last one set. I am a solo act and can't afford to stop in the middle of a set to change strings. These strings are over priced and over rated. Never again.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Country guitar player for 50 years

                    By Sherm

                    from Yucca Valley Ca.

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053):

                    I feel like an outsider, but I tried a set on my J-45 Gibson, a year ago, ( I never before cared for the gibson sound I was getting, until now). I love these string! The folks that had so much string breakage, could have something wrong with their guitar set up.
                    I should have said 10.
                    Theyre pricey, but well worth it!

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