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

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Last 3 to 5 times longer than uncoated strings.

Elixir Nanoweb wound acoustic guitar strings are sheathed in a thin polymer coating that retains a natural feel while protecting the windings from the gunk that shortens their life and ruins tone. The coating gives them a smoother feel and reduces finger squeaks. 12-53.

FEATURES
  • Gauges .012-.053
  • Acoustic guitar strings constructed with phosphor bronze wrap wire 
  • Played for a dynamic balance of rich, full-bodied tone and sparkling high-end clarity 
  • 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) 
  • America’s #1 acoustic guitar string brand – MI SalesTrak (US $ Vol)

Great sound. They feel good. And they last a long time. Order your Elixirs today.

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ElixirPhosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053)
 
4.4

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (43)
  • Consistent (37)
  • Long life (36)
  • Well built / quality (31)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (32)
  • Concerts (27)
  • Back-up (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (13), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Phospher vs. 80/20

I usually use the Elixir 80/20's and accidently bought Phospher because I didn't look closly enough. Good research though, If you are wondering what the difference is here goes. I personly...Read complete review

I usually use the Elixir 80/20's and accidently bought Phospher because I didn't look closly enough. Good research though, If you are wondering what the difference is here goes. I personly don't care for the tone or feel the Phospher, not saying they are bad strings, just not the sound I like. The big difference is that 80/20s have that V curve eq to them, very full low end and top end, and less mids. Phospher have a lot of upper and mid frequencies, not as much bass, and they do play a litte stiffer. I think phospher would sound better on a Martin or a guitar that is focused on those frequencies, they don't work very well with my Taylor, being that the sound of Taylors are more V curve eq.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Impressed

I decided to spend the extra bucks to check these strings out. I was very dissapointed in they way they felt and the way they sounded. The feel ws like teflon and the tone...Read complete review

I decided to spend the extra bucks to check these strings out. I was very dissapointed in they way they felt and the way they sounded. The feel ws like teflon and the tone was dull. I have used Phospher Bronze strings in the past and liked their bright tone. These strings might serve a jazz player well as they tend to be a bit more on the smooth tone rather than bright side. I want as much bright tone as I can get and play near the bridge for the most part. I have not had these strings on the guitar very long so I have not checked out their durability. They are suppossed to last 5 times a slong but they cost 3 times as much. For my money I would rather change strings more often than endure this lacking tone.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Phospher vs. 80/20

By Jesse Dagel

from Sibley IA

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

I usually use the Elixir 80/20's and accidently bought Phospher because I didn't look closly enough. Good research though, If you are wondering what the difference is here goes. I personly don't care for the tone or feel the Phospher, not saying they are bad strings, just not the sound I like. The big difference is that 80/20s have that V curve eq to them, very full low end and top end, and less mids. Phospher have a lot of upper and mid frequencies, not as much bass, and they do play a litte stiffer. I think phospher would sound better on a Martin or a guitar that is focused on those frequencies, they don't work very well with my Taylor, being that the sound of Taylors are more V curve eq.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not Impressed

By BF Chance

from Catalina island

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Nice box

Cons

  • Dull Tone

Best Uses

  • Acoustic Jazz

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

I decided to spend the extra bucks to check these strings out. I was very dissapointed in they way they felt and the way they sounded. The feel ws like teflon and the tone was dull. I have used Phospher Bronze strings in the past and liked their bright tone. These strings might serve a jazz player well as they tend to be a bit more on the smooth tone rather than bright side. I want as much bright tone as I can get and play near the bridge for the most part. I have not had these strings on the guitar very long so I have not checked out their durability. They are suppossed to last 5 times a slong but they cost 3 times as much. For my money I would rather change strings more often than endure this lacking tone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best there is...

By Tony Koopman

from Canada

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

I'm sticking with these forever.
6 strings in a box, what else do you want?
I have tried many strings and have settled on these. I went from Martins, to Daddarios, to Polyweb coated 80/20, and these are by far the best. They are very flexible and feel amazing. They are very comfortable. I just changed my old Daddario's which really made my finger tips hurt when i played finger style. The Elixirs instantly felt better and then pain was gone...These strings are magical.
They last a very long time. And to be honest, I don't think the coating takes away from tone at all, infact, it sounds better than the uncoated strings I have tried

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Justinbeau56

from Trenton, NJ

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    Awesome Sound! The exact sound I was looking for for my guitar.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    NEVER AGAIN

    By guitar22

    from midwest

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

    I bought a set of these, played them (lightly) for one week before the G broke, while on stage. They sound great, but that is little comfort when you are finishing a set on a borrowed guitar...Do yourself a favor, save the money. Buy the less expensive Martin SP's.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I use these strings exclusively. None better!

    By Jeau Jeau

    from London KY

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts

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

      My Taylor guitar stays in tune longer and sounds better. I have played guitar for 45 years. I am afraid to use any other string thinking I wont like them.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sound great and last.

      By Thenewb91

      from GA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        Longest lasting strings I've played, and sound great!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My favorite acoustic strings

        By James

        from Texas

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          The tone of these strings remains true through month's of use. Another big plus is the plain strings do not rust and that is very cool.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Always nice and smooth

          By kingfishrgm

          from Sandpoint, ID

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Smooth

          Cons

          • Not For Every Guitar
          • Overpriced

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          I use Elixir srings on some guitars and not on others. They don't sound the best on all gutiars. They are always very smooth. I think they are overpriced.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sound great. A savings in the end.

          By Turp

          from Virginia

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            I like that that these offer very good tone and are consistent for a long time. I can get about 3 months use playing gigs and frequent practice. Other strings last 3-6 weeks but the tone varies greatly during the life of the strings.

            Because they are consistent and last a long time, I buy fewer strings and change less often. So the costs end up the same as cheaper strings but I save time and wear and tear on instruments over time.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Use these, You will always come back

            By Capt. Kirk

            from Lexington, KY

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Playability
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                As a 50+ year musician it's not about long life, it's about balanced tone and playability. These strings have it. I have used about every sting out there. There are a lot of good ones, but none seem to compare. Many times I have tried something based on a recommendation, string it up, play a session or gig and take them off. I use these on my Taylor, 45 year old Guild, and a Yairi. Yesterday I told my brother(also a pro and Elixir user) to please slap me if I put anything else on my guitars. If you use these stings you will never have to think about your strings and can concentrate on your music. BTW I used to put on new strings before every gig. Not anymore.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Go To Strings

                By Joe

                from Gadsden AL

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                Pros

                • Bright sound
                • Consistent
                • Easy On My Fingers
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

                  I have tried several different types but will now use the Light Nanoweb exclusively. No need to look any more. Very easy on my fingers, with a great sound. Also with a very long life.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Phospher Bronze and Elixir...Great Combination.

                  By JohnWhirl

                  from Marion, IN

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

                  I heard about these shortly after they were released, and was immediately intrigued. I have always loved the tone of Phosphor Bronze strings and wanted to test them out on my Taylor 614. My girlfriend bought me a set for my birthday, and I put them on in June of 2007. Now one year later, I just changed that set of strings last night. As I am a student I don't play as much as I'd like during the school year, but during the summers I play on these strings upwards of 6 hours a week with rehearsals and worship at church. These strings have a great tone, and the long life is not just a sales pitch. Up to the minute I changed them, the tone was still clear, and they still felt good to my fingers. The only downside I can see to these is that they have not begun to coat the plain steel strings yet on these guys, but I emailed Elixir about it. They said that at the time they aren't looking at doing that, but this was almost a year ago. The simple solution to keeping the plain steels (and the others at that) feeling and sounding good is to wipe them down. Overall these are great strings with long life, great tone, and a great feel.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simply AMAZING Strings!

                  By Ian Watkins

                  from Kentucky

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

                  I recently purchased a used Fender DG-7. It sounded okay, but nothing grand. The guitar came with some Martin strings on it I believe, but they were old and rusted, and in desperate need of a changing. So after a bit of research I decided to shell out the extra $ for the Nanowebs.

                  After putting them on and getting them in tune I began playing and was blown away!!! The tone alone is worth the price! My Fender sounds like a Martin now - and I kid you not! These strings are simply amazing. Then I noticed that the playability is awesome as well. I can slide and actually hear the slide. I can hammer-on and pull-of and it sounds like it is supposed to! For a moment of heavenly bliss I forgot I was playing an acoustic, because these strings make the guitar feel like an electric.

                  Stop looking...buy these!
                  Awesome Playablility
                  AMAZING tone
                  Very Slick
                  Great strings...they feel good to the fingers...and seem like they will last a long time.
                  The strings are by far worth the extra money...get em!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  sounds good longer if...

                  By solidgtr1

                  from Hesperia CA

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

                  these strings would probably be worth the price if long lasting tone was the only issue. However someone should tell Elixir that long lasting tone only counts if the strings last longer than an hour! I am not a hard strummer, but for over a year I kept breaking the G on my taylor 614, sometimes before I had finished rehersing one song!I switched to DR's and after 2 months have yet to break one. Personally I think Elixer knows they have a problem because they happen to sell that one particular string in single packs! forget that! When they can make the strings actually LAST for as long as they COULD sound good for, I will try them again.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Sound terrible

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

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

                  I've always used elixirs and decided to try out the phosphors on my ovation. After I put them on I took them off and put my dead strings back on. These toook alll the tone out of my guitar. stick with the regulars, don't go with phosphor bronze.

                  (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Worst Strings EVER

                  By Jason

                  from Portland, OR

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

                  I switched from EXP's to these cause the salesman said their better. They feel good but I have never broke so many strings in my life. I can go about 2 weeks then a string breaks. What a giant waste of Money!!! I will never buy any Elixer product ever again. 3 different pack, 3 different strings on 3 different brake locations. Its not my guitars, its a brand new gibson songwriter.
                  I switched from EXP's to these cause the salesman said their better. They feel good but I have never broke so many strings in my life. I can go about 2 weeks then a string breaks. What a giant waste of Money!!! I will never buy any Elixer product ever again. 3 different pack, 3 different strings on 3 different brake locations. Its not my guitars, its a brand new gibson songwriter.
                  I switched from EXP's to these cause the salesman said their better. They feel good but I have never broke so many strings in my life. I can go about 2 weeks then a string breaks. What a giant waste of Money!!! I will never buy any Elixer product ever again. 3 different pack, 3 different strings on 3 different brake locations. Its not my guitars, its a brand new gibson songwriter.I switched from EXP's to these cause the salesman said their better. They feel good but I have never broke so many strings in my life. I can go about 2 weeks then a string breaks. What a giant waste of Money!!! I will never buy any Elixer product ever again. 3 different pack, 3 different strings on 3 different brake locations. Its not my guitars, its a brand new gibson songwriter.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Sounds beautiful, until they snap

                  By Epsilon Minus

                  from San Francisco, CA

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

                  About 2 weeks ago, I decided to restring my Ovation with P/B Elixir Lights. I usually use P/B Martin SP Meds, but wanted something that lasted a bit longer, sound-wise. I was pretty happy with them until both the G and D string broke the same night, and I had to open up my new pack of strings to replace them. In the 2.5 years that I've owned my Ovation, I have never broken a string, until that night. I wish they were a bit more dependable for their price.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Don't break No-Mo

                  By Woodandsteel

                  from California

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

                  I have been using elixirs for about 7 or so years now. When the phosphor bronze first came out I just had to try them and was very happy with the tone I was surprised to find in my Martin HD35. The only problem I have had with Elixirs is the same issue that I have read on the reviews here, the G string breaking. After getting frustrated and getting ready to forget this string forever, I took an old Martin SP G string (non-coated) that I had laying around and carefully ran that string back and forth across the G-groove in the bridge, at slight angles on the sound hole side, to gently file the edges of the bridge notch to smooth out the edges. Well, I don't know if it is coincidence, luck, or that I found a remedy but I haven't broken a string since, and it has been a couple of years now since CAREFULLY filing the groove edge.The sound of these strings is very good and lasts a long time. I also like Martin SPs but really don't like the dead sound they acquire within a couple of months. The Elixirs last a long time. When I change them, they really don't sound too much different than the new ones that I am putting on, as long as the coating is still intact. I just look for the fraying of the coating and figure that is the signal that they need to be changed. I wipe them down with a cotton terry towel after each playing to keep them free from finger dirt and oils and always play with clean fingers.If I start having G strings break on me again, I will go back to the Martin SPs, but for now the Elixir phosphor bronze lights are serving me very well.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not like

                  By Slejhamer

                  from Ashburn, VA

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

                  I had been using D'addario EXP (coated) phosphor bronze, but decided to try the Elixir phos-bros in my solid spruce and rosewood dreadnought. They were very dark and lifeless - more like the dead sounding Polywebs than the brighter Nanowebs. And nothing at all like the rich warm D'addarios and other phos-bros I've tried. I took them off and tried them on my very midrangey 000-sized guitar (spruce and mahogany) and that made a nice improvement. Still, I'd recommend D'ad EXPs or regular Nanowebs over these.

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