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Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105)

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Combat finger grunge!

Elixir Strings are covered with an ultra-thin, 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!

Nanoweb coating permits strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of traditional strings. Elixirs are the first major innovation in strings in over 40 years, and 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.

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ElixirNickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105)
 
4.2

(based on 54 reviews)

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Long life (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best bass strings ever

I started using Elixirs on my acoustic and loved them. I put them on my electric and they were hands down the best strings I'd ever played. I tended to stray away from them...Read complete review

I started using Elixirs on my acoustic and loved them. I put them on my electric and they were hands down the best strings I'd ever played. I tended to stray away from them for my bass because of the price, but when I bought an Ibanez ATK200 that had a set of these on it, I was simply amazed. Just to compare, I took them off, set them aside, and put on a set of DR Hi-Beams. The DRs were good strings, but they were rough and felt like they would grime up within a few days of playing. And they weren't any more dynamic, powerful, or bright than the Elixirs. After a day or so, I put the Elixirs back on and couldn't be any happier with my bass strings. Buy them and you won't regret it.
They're pretty normal roundwound bass strings. But that Nanoweb coating is something else. Makes the strings last FOREVER and gives them a distinct smoothness that feels good against your fingers.
The strings are built with amazing quality. However, the Nanoweb coating flakes off a little if you play with a pick like me. Not really a problem though. The sound quality is fantastic. A lot of people assume that a specialty string like this will lack in tone, but they're wrong.
Forty dollars is a lot of money, but they're worth it for the long-lasting tone and their ability to keep dirt out of the windings.

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These strings are bla...

I have used Elixir strings on my 6 string acoustic guitars for years and love them. So being that bass is my first instrument I thought I would finally spend the extra money and...Read complete review

I have used Elixir strings on my 6 string acoustic guitars for years and love them. So being that bass is my first instrument I thought I would finally spend the extra money and try them out. I was really disappointed. First, they do last longer. That's all the good things I have to say. Onto the bad. The E string was dull, not bright at all. It sounds dull, quite, and is totally out of whack. Even after a few weeks the low E could not hold a steady note, adjusted intonation, tried different tunings for it like drop D, string produced a constant whah, alternating a bit sharp and then a bit flat. It should be noted that previous strings have never done this on my bass and the E was the exact same diameter as them. The E was dull and the other three were very bright, I like bright, but they dwarfed the E, almost muting it at higher volumes and during live performance. The other strings all seemed to have a buzz and rattle effect on my bass frets, I do run with a low action, but I have had heaveys on my bass that buzzed and rattled less than these strings. Over all they suck and I was very disappointed especially considering the price! Threw on a new set of the strings I had on before the Elixirs, everything was good again.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

These strings are bla...

By Blacklotus

from Vermont

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Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

I have used Elixir strings on my 6 string acoustic guitars for years and love them. So being that bass is my first instrument I thought I would finally spend the extra money and try them out. I was really disappointed. First, they do last longer. That's all the good things I have to say. Onto the bad. The E string was dull, not bright at all. It sounds dull, quite, and is totally out of whack. Even after a few weeks the low E could not hold a steady note, adjusted intonation, tried different tunings for it like drop D, string produced a constant whah, alternating a bit sharp and then a bit flat. It should be noted that previous strings have never done this on my bass and the E was the exact same diameter as them. The E was dull and the other three were very bright, I like bright, but they dwarfed the E, almost muting it at higher volumes and during live performance. The other strings all seemed to have a buzz and rattle effect on my bass frets, I do run with a low action, but I have had heaveys on my bass that buzzed and rattled less than these strings. Over all they suck and I was very disappointed especially considering the price! Threw on a new set of the strings I had on before the Elixirs, everything was good again.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

overrated

By pbassplayer

from east stroudsburg, pa

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Pros

  • Long Life

Cons

  • Poor Tone Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    I would not suggest these strings to anybody. Sure they last a long time, but youll be giving up your tone and volume and that is something that im just not willing to give up.You don't feel the "love" that goes into making these strings. I don't know about the rest of you musicians out there but i want nothing getting in the way of the tone of the wood and strings of a bass. You could find many great uncoated strings out there for less money. Go with DR or Rotosound

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not worth the price

    By Denise Rossman

    from Upstate, NY

    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    I put the 5-string set on my ESP LTD B-5E in a pinch (had to record/play a show that weekend and they were the only 5-string sets in the store)

    Like others have mentioned the feel of the strings is just odd. At the show I was wiping down the strings between every song, VERY slippery with the smallest bit of sweat.That has declined a bit as the strings have aged, but at first it was obnoxious.

    Also mentioned in one review was slaps produce barely any output, which isn't too big of a deal since I don't play music that calls for it, but when I'm practicing I like to work on slapping/popping. Heads up if you play that style, these just don't have the punch for it.

    My biggest gripe with these was a constant phaser sound, could be a fluke because I haven't seen anyone else say this, but there was times where it got a little frustrating- not cutting through on mixes or in practice.

    The durability is the only plus on these, but I would rather just change strings more often than settle with these- especially with the price these are at

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    An alright string.

    By Andrewabu2112

    from Erie PA

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    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    I've come to find that they do actually last a long time... except the E-strings! I first put them on my Ric.. and it seemed that right at first the E was dead. I bought another pack for my 62' P-bass and within a week or two the E was dead again. Am I stupid or what for trying it again for my Jazz? Within a week or two the E string lost it's tone. I know it can't be the bass if it's happened 3 different times with 3 different basses. I wanted to try them because I was tired of replacing my rotosounds every month. I figured these would be a good investment. They sound alright.. nothing superb and surprisingly I like the feel with the nanoweb. After my frustration with Rounds I decided what the heck.. I'll try some flats. I bought myself a pack of TI jazz flats and couldn't be happier with them. They've been on there for over 6 months and sound just as incredible as day one.. I don't think I'll ever have to replace them. However it's a bummer when I'm looking for that roundwound twang, but I can't keep putting out 40 bucks a month for strings. All in all... I would not recommend these strings.

    (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Total waste of money

    By Jason Bakelaar

    from maine

    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    So my original strings (came with the bass so I don't know the brand) were on my guitar for 2.5 years. I thought it was time to restring since they were sounding dull. I picked nanowebs medium for my 4 string based on a musicians friend salesperson's recomendation. Do NOT buy these strings! The nanoweb coating has completely frayed on all my strings.

    I've had these on my guitar for about a month, and although my previous strings were still intact after 2.5 years, these are frayed after a single month. Okay - if that were all I would probably not bother writing this review, but my D string snapped today. These srtings advertise longer than average life. Complete lies. I wish I were a laywer I would suit for faulty advertising. Also be advised that there is no satisfaction garauntee on strings, so if it breaks 5 minutes after you string up you're out 40 bucks.

    Ummm, what more can I say. I'm a weekend warrior so I got to play on these about 4 times before the D broke, so at about 10 dollars a session these are a complete and total ripoff. Perhaps I would buy a replacement D string if that were available, but there aren't any sooooo I will definitely be going with a competitor's brand.
    So my original strings (came with the bass so I don't know the brand) were on my guitar for 2.5 years. I thought it was time to restring since they were sounding dull. I picked nanowebs medium for my 4 string bass based on a musicians friend salesperson's recomendation. Do NOT buy these strings! The nanoweb coating has completely frayed on all my strings.
    I've had these on my guitar for about a month, and although my previous strings were still intact after 2.5 years, these are frayed after a single month. Okay - if that were all I would probably not bother writing this review, but my D string snapped today. These srtings advertise longer than average life. Complete lies. I wish I were a laywer I would suit for faulty advertising. Also be advised that there is no satisfaction garauntee on strings, so if it breaks 5 minutes after you string up you're out 40 bucks.
    Ummm, what more can I say. I'm a weekend warrior so I got to play on these about 4 times before the D broke, so at about 10 dollars a session these are a complete and total ripoff. Perhaps I would buy a replacement D string if that were available, but there aren't any sooooo I will definitely be going with a competitor's brand.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Very disappointed

    By zildjianrocks

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    I got an Ibanez SR-755 5 string bass with these strings on them and was thoroughly disappointed with the sound. It was so bad that I was disappointed with my bass purchase until I changed to a different set of strings.

    I play slap style a LOT and these strings are just not suitable for that style. I am surprised Ibanez is using these as stock strings. The slap technique adds a lot of high and mid-high frequencies to your basslines, so its absolutely essential that the STRINGS sound punchy and add a lot of low end frequencies. The problem with these strings is that they're simply too bright. I felt like I was playing a guitar with very thick strings and not as though I was playing a high quality bass. When you pop, you can kinda get away or ignore the brightness of these strings because popping in general is bright, but when you slap these strings simply do not put out any sound whatsoever. It sounds so weak, without that punch that is required from a bass.

    I really don't care about the extra long life of these strings. Strings can be changed. The important thing for a musician is the sound. And for my style of playing and my tastes, these strings are very disappointing. I would highly recommend that you go to the local store and try out an Ibanez SR series bass (according to the manual all Ibanez SR basses use these strings as stock) to check the sound of these strings BEFORE buying them, especially considering the fact that they're so ridiculously over-priced.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best I've ever played

    By Jonathan Holland

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    I've been a gigging bassman for 29 years. Man, I wish they'd had Elixir Nanowab Bass strings back in the day!I was skeptical when I heard others talk about them, but finally, when I bought a bass that happened to come strung with them, I became a believer. They are easy on the fingers and have less squeak. I was concerned that they would have less punch due to the coating, but not so! And the cool thing is that they still have punch LONG after any other string would have gone dead.Now they are all I ever use. Gigs every weekend, practice during the week, and these strings have actually lasted me 9 months (with care ) at one point. Other players ask what I use, they sound that good.Thanks Elixir!

     
    5.0

    Good sdevice

    By Mom

    from Missouri

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    Bought these for a gift. I don't play but this is the brand my son prefers

     
    3.0

    Not much difference in sound

    By Hurricane Jimmie

    from Edwardsville IL

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • No reduction in string noise

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

    I bought a set for my bass just to see if there's any reduction in normal round wound 'string noise'. To me, they sound fine... just like the strings they replaced. Although it's easier to slide up the strings, there's still a substantial amount of noise. I've only had them a couple of days so I can't speak to how long they last. Just to be clear, they are not round-wound punch with flat-wound noise reduction/feel.

     
    5.0

    Very Good Product

    By Thomas

    from Corbin,Ky

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      These Strings Last And Last

       
      5.0

      BEST BASS STRINGS

      By Wild B

      from Sacramento CA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • 105 Is Too Long

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      Not sure why an Extra Long "E" string (.105) is included in the set of "Medium Long" bass strings. It requires several turns to lock it in.

       
      5.0

      ONLY STRINGS I USE

      By Wild B

      from Sacramento CA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • 4 String Too Long

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I have used these strings since they were first available. I don't like any other than these since they are consistent, reliable & long-lasting. A bit expensive, but they last long enough to be of value.

       
      5.0

      The Best

      By Andrew Wells

      from CT

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I've tried many different string companies including Ernie Ball and D'addario...and I keep coming back to the Elixers. The price tag is definitely scary, but it's well worth it. The lifespan on these strings is ridiculous! Most string I lose my tone in a few weeks, but I can keep the elixers on for months and months and they still sound new! Not to mention, they feel great and glide well.

       
      4.0

      Nice, But Expensive

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I play for almost 3 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. I play a lot of Jazz, and I also play in musicals regularly. I thought these strings were very playable, but the price was a little steep. I really like the ease of play, but I tend to go for a string with more personality. They seemed pretty mediocre, and did not have a distinguishable tone. All in all, nice strings, but you could do better.

       
      5.0

      Best value in bass string!

      By Bilvis

      from St. Cloud, MN.

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      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I'll keep it short and sweet. I keep returning to these strings no matter what other brand I try...and I've tried alot. Why? Because as a gigging musician I can go 6 - 7 months and still have great sounding strings! 3 hr. practices 1 - 3 times a week and 4 hr. gigs as often as possible...and they hold up. Do the math on how often you change standard strings and you'll see the value.

       
      5.0

      I love them

      By bassman-Vv_qZ

      from lubbock, tx

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I bought these and put them on my bass and it made it sound 10 times better than before I would reccomend these stings over any other string to anyone who wants their bass guitar to sound its best

       
      3.0

      OK strings....

      By Skibby101

      from Rugby, ND

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      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      These strings came with my Schecter Omen 4 bass and they do sound great and they feel like any ordinary string except that the coating comes off pretty quick and it looks bad on your bass I don't think i'll buy these again but they are one of the better brands I've tried

       
      2.0

      Uh, no.

      By *<7nvd>*-Mleb2

      from San Francisco, CA

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I'm sorry, but even for the price, these strings are not worth buying. I tend to practice alot, so I need lasting strings that are durable and reliable; these definetly do not fit that criteria. Within the second week, the "amazing nanoweb technology" on the strings started to rip off near the bottom of the neck and pickups. Honestly, it looked like my strings needed to shave or something. By the end of the month there was no nanoweb. I took it to a gig and realized that it made my bass sound way too twangy so I took out my old bass strings, switched them, and found that even my old ones sounded better than these. I am telling you right now, that this is a complete waste of money.

       
      5.0

      Best strings

      By steelerman1992

      from Pittsburgh, PA

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      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I bought a 5-string Ibanez bass guitar with these strings on it in November 2007. These are the best strings I've ever played on. They've already lasted 8 months and are'nt showing any signs of wear. They sound and feel great. I would recommend these strings to anybody. They're well worth the money.

       
      5.0

      Long Lasting

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105):

      I have these set up on my P Bass and they sound great! They are really bright and I can't get the mellow tones I used to with my old set up (Rotosound Jazz Bass 55 (Flatwound)) but tone range is bigger. Another upside is these strings last forever. I've had mine on for over a year and yesterday someone asked if I put on new strings.

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