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Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046)

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Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46. The engineers at Elixir took their original Polyweb coating and shrunk it down to Nanoweb size. The result? Brighter-soundi...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Elixir Strings with Nanoweb coating last longer and sound great!

Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.

The engineers at Elixir took their original Polyweb coating and shrunk it down to Nanoweb size. The result? Brighter-sounding electric guitar strings that last 3 to 5 times longer than regular strings.

In addition to an ultrathin grunge-resistant tubular coating on the wound strings, Nanowebs now have a revolutionary Anti-Rust plating on the plain strings to extend their life too.

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.

FEATURES
  • Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46
  • Electric guitar strings constructed with nickel-plated steel wrap wire
  • Played for their bright, vibrant presence and dynamic punch
  • Ultra-thin NANOWEB Coating provides a 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)
  • Anti-Rust Plating on plain steel strings ensures longer tone life for the entire set

Doesn't your guitar deserve the best? Buy a bunch today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Regular Light string gauges: .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046
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ElixirElectric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046)
 
4.5

(based on 152 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (36)
  • Good tone (36)
  • Long life (31)
  • Well built / quality (25)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (26)
  • Concerts (21)
  • Back-up (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (11), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best strings I've ever played.

I've been playing for 26 years, this is without a doubt the best feeling and longest lasting set of strings I've ever used.
No one enjoys changing strings and cleaning them after every...Read complete review

I've been playing for 26 years, this is without a doubt the best feeling and longest lasting set of strings I've ever used.
No one enjoys changing strings and cleaning them after every session. After trying these you will find your playing experience...liberating.
No other coated string does it this good.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Long Life? Wrong!

Although the strings are advertised as having a long life, I've found them to break easily while bending or tuning. You have to consider that the nanoweb coating Elixer puts on these strings decreases...Read complete review

Although the strings are advertised as having a long life, I've found them to break easily while bending or tuning. You have to consider that the nanoweb coating Elixer puts on these strings decreases from the monetary resources left over for the actual string; it ends up being cheaper in order to maintain a competitive price. The coating wears off easily and proves to be pretty useless except for serving to make the string slipperier and slidier. As a result, the strings feel smoother on your hands and create less noise from rubbing against them. I like this string noise, and the friction it's caused by helps me, personally, to feel the distance I'm sliding across the string. In other words, it's easier to keep track of where I'm at on the neck. The only possible reason I could think of to use Elixer's would be if you never bend and you really like the slippery feel that they give. I did use them for a while for this purpose, but I now find them to be too slippery. If you are a novice, please look at Ernie Ball or D'addario strings. They withstand more punishment and they have a much more popular, natural, human sound.

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Long Life? Wrong!

By Jake

from Midland, MI

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Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

Although the strings are advertised as having a long life, I've found them to break easily while bending or tuning. You have to consider that the nanoweb coating Elixer puts on these strings decreases from the monetary resources left over for the actual string; it ends up being cheaper in order to maintain a competitive price. The coating wears off easily and proves to be pretty useless except for serving to make the string slipperier and slidier. As a result, the strings feel smoother on your hands and create less noise from rubbing against them. I like this string noise, and the friction it's caused by helps me, personally, to feel the distance I'm sliding across the string. In other words, it's easier to keep track of where I'm at on the neck. The only possible reason I could think of to use Elixer's would be if you never bend and you really like the slippery feel that they give. I did use them for a while for this purpose, but I now find them to be too slippery. If you are a novice, please look at Ernie Ball or D'addario strings. They withstand more punishment and they have a much more popular, natural, human sound.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not for performing!

By Blues Barry

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Breaks Easy

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

I tried these strings and loved them and bought a few sets for both of my gigging guitars. My band performs about 2 to 3 times per month and I just experience my third broken string during a performance within the last 6 months. The latest set was only 3 weeks old. If you can't rely on them when performing, I don't want them! Prior to using these this I can't remember the last time a D'Addario string broke.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best strings I've ever played.

By Zolt

from Houston, TX

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

    I've been playing for 26 years, this is without a doubt the best feeling and longest lasting set of strings I've ever used.
    No one enjoys changing strings and cleaning them after every session. After trying these you will find your playing experience...liberating.
    No other coated string does it this good.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Breaking issues

    By Jeff Smith

    from Spearfish, South Dakota

    Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

    Overall, I would've loved these strings had I not experienced the breakage problem. I'm gonna stick to my regular uncoated nickel strings and the regular maintenance of said strings for now. Seems to be working alot better for me.
    Well the idea behind nanowebs is fantastic, have to say thats why I bought them. Indeed, they were very corrosion and rust resistant, could play an entire gig and not clean my strings, pick my guitar up the next day and with a quick wipe from a finish cloth I was ready to roll.
    The features were great...the quality??? Hmmmm.. Let me explain: I bought two sets of these strings, one for my Strat and one for my Les Paul. Strung up my Les Paul first and for maybe two practice sessions and almost a ful gig they performed great. Snapped the high e-string toward the end of their gig debut... that happens though! As a result, I didn't really think anything of it. The next night we were playing the same bar again, so I stung up my Strat with a set of nanowebs and we rocked the joint with no problems. Over the next three or four days I had two solo practice sessions with them and a band rehearsal. The next time I sat down to practice, I start playing a few just whole-step bands and SNAP! There goes another high E-string!! So yeah...not so sure about these strings...
    If you don't experience the problems I did, the value for these strings are fantastic. However, this premature breakage problem I've experienced drives the value way down in my opinion...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    They're okay.....

    By ExplorerKing

    from Nashville, TN

    Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

    I got these a couple of days ago to throw on my explorer. I had used these on my strat (which I dont play much anymore) before I switched to ernie ball's. Anyway, I put em on, tuned it up and started playing. I thought they sounded okay, but not great. Now, compared to the strings on my explorer, which was new and didn't need new strings until a while ago, they were brighter and steelier sounding, and still are. they may just need to be broken in (still?) after being played a while. Plugged in, they sound ok, but unplugged they sound like butt. But how often are you playing unplugged anyway? They're okay and last a lot longer than other strings, but I'll probably buy something different next time.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good but...

    By racewiththedeviloncoastalhighway

    from Monterey Bay, CA

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

    • Feel
    • Not Enough Cowbell

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Long Playing

    Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

    To me, these just didn't live up to the hype. They last an incredible long time and the tone is quite consistent but the feeling on the hands while playing with them just really really really bothered me after a while. I just had to go back to my standard strings once these were done with.

    They DO at least last a very long time. And it has a nice tone though for me, was unusable either way. Maybe I just got a defective batch which is why I would recommend these to a friend: only to see if they had better luck than I did. If you have good experiences with them, keep using them!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Looong Lasting Strings

    By Nick N

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

        These string last me about 2 months of daily playing. Un-coated strings last me about a week. These are a bit more "spanky" and less "boomy" than un-coated strings but I just turn down the treble 1 notch and the bass up 1 notch on the amp. Also, they are a bit more slippery than un-coated. I got used to that pretty quickly. Very highly recommended!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Only Ones I'll use

        By BJMcG

        from Portland, Or.

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Less String Noise
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

          I've been using Elixirs almost exclusively for at least six years for both acoustic and electric. I don't need and really don't even like really bright strings so if the coating on these affect the tone it doesn't bother me.
          I leave these on until the G starts to be fairly worn which can be months on some guitars (since I own a few and feature a different one every few weeks) and they still give me the good dirty bluesy sound I want.
          Another thing I like about Elixirs is that they don't start to leave a metallic odor on my fingers like regular strings do after a week or so. Maybe it's just my particular chemistry but the fingers on my left hand seem to get a residue from uncoated strings and I have to wash my hands after I play for more than a few minutes, especially if I'm going to eat, say, or pick my nose ...
          I've tried Cleartones and EXPs and I stick with the Elixirs.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best strings I've found

          By Hollywood

          from N. J.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

              Simply the best strings that I've ever used. They keep their tone and they stay new looking and feeling for much longer than any other string I know

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Old Reliable

              By dbgoods

              from Oxnard, CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                I have been hooked on Elixirs on my electric and acoustics for years. They never fail to deliver great tone and great playing comfort. I'm hooked.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Always Good

                By SBonner

                from Philadelphia, PA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Long Term String Use

                  Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                  I have had a very positive experience with Elixir strings. I've tried many others but always seem to come back to Elixir for consistency. The string tone is nice and crisp and the coating really does do the job in keeping the strings feeling smooth and always looking clean and untarnished for the long term. Some people feel that the original polywebs are the only ones to buy, but I have had a very good, consistently positive experience with the nanowebs as well. Very nice quality strings.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent on Fender

                  By Garfish

                  from The Great Pacific Northwest

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong
                  • Warmer Than Nickel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                    I definitely prefer these Elixers on my Qmerican HH Tele and also Pawn Shop Strat. Warmer than nickel but still can do that Fender scream.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Simply Amazing

                    By GL

                    from NYC

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        These strings changed my life when they first came out and they continue to be the best, long life strong on the market. I rust out conventional strings pretty quick so I was stunned when I first installed them to find they last not just weeks, but months. Great tone, great intonation and phenominal life. I cant imagine any way these can be improved upon.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Elixer light strings

                        By longtime player

                        from N.H.

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                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        I won't go back to steel strings unless they stop making these, and the super lights are just as good !!
                        Only strings I use!!!! Great tone, long life.
                        Never broken one !! I've bent the Hell out of every set for the last 4 Years and no problem !!
                        They stay in tune quite well too !!
                        Could be a little cheaper..but ya get what you pay for.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Horrible

                        By Crackhutch

                        from Germany

                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        I bought a set of these, went to install them on my guitar and the B string broke before it was even to proper tuning. After about a week of playing, the binding of the string started to unwind on the top E string. Absolute horrible quality, will never buy them again.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I swear by these strings!

                        By OJ

                        from Undisclosed

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                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        I don't know why there are still other strings out there, or how people have been rocking and rolling for decades without these.
                        Lives up to its slogan
                        Built to last, no grime, filth, rust, sticky strings, and excellent tone.
                        Longest I went without a string change was 6 months. thats a very fair price for a string change.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Horrible Quality

                        By Will-9qQfV

                        from Chicago, IL

                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        I've used Ernie Ball for 15 years. I decided to give Elixir a shot because I hear a lot of people like them. Immediately I loved them. They felt slightly better than the Ernie Ball Titanium coated. I thought the sound was also great. 1 Set only lasted about 6 hours before I snapped my A string. I opened a new pack and started putting them on and when i got to G string I noticed it had a kink in it from the factory. For the same price go with Ernie Ball Titanium coated.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        a waste

                        By mike_d_1583

                        from Cincinnati, OH, USA

                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        I used these for as long as I could take the dull sound, then I just took them off, went out and got a real set of strings. How can you make good music when they keep changing the technogligy?They are way to slippery also, at first you would think it would be a good thing, but they can't sustain sound for 3 seconds. Don't waste your money.

                         
                        1.0

                        Overpriced, cheap strings that break within a month

                        By James

                        from Philadelphia

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • None

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easy
                        • Expensive
                        • Garbage
                        • Not Consistent
                        • Overpriced
                        • Poor Tone Quality
                        • Short Life
                        • Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • Throwing out

                        Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                        These overpriced strings cost about three times as much as strings that last longer and sound better. I had a string break in under a month. That is garbage. The only thing good was that they didn't seem to rust as quickly. Rip off. Avoid.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great.

                        By cable

                        from Ky

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046):

                            Great, Love them.

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