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Elixir Strings 14202 Nanoweb Light Long Scale 5-String Electric Bass Strings Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from December 17, 2016Music Background:
    Bassist for the last 30 years.

    Elixir bass strings

    No other strings last longer. They retain that new string tone for ever. A normal set of string will last me for only 2 or 3 weeks with that fresh tone, the elixirs will give you at least 3 or 4 months with that tone.

  • from Austin, Tx January 7, 2015Music Background:
    Professional Bassist/Guitarist/Vocalist

    Saving me a tone of money, and still sounding great

    There a running joke around these parts...

    Q: "How often does an Austin bassist change his strings?"
    A: "Once a decade,whether he needs to or not."

    I don't fall into that category. The cover band I'm playing bass in is taking on music from Yes, Rush, and other fairly progessive artists. To that end, I need a bright ringing round-wound string sound (ala Geddy Lee or Chris Squire). As a result, I was changing strings for every show. In the last 2 years, I've spent over $1200 on bass strings. Something had to give.

    I happened to come across an interview with Ricky Phillips (bassist for Styx, and fellow Austinite) and his bass tech. They mentioned they were having to change his strings for every show (and Ricky plays a lot more than I do). But after switching to Elixir strings, they were able to get 4 or 5 shows out of a set. And then, they were only changing them because the coating was starting to flake where Ricky picks. If they're good enough for large theater/arena shows for Ricky, they're darned sure good enough for me on club dates.

    I took the plunge and strung up my main 4 and 5 strings with Elixirs. I'm 3 shows and 4 rehearsals in on both instruments now. I keep thinking "I ought to change before the next show", but then I check 'em and they still sound as good as when I put them on.

    They did take some getting used to. They're definitely smoother than a standard round-wound. It's also a different feeling tension...not better or worse...just different.

    Two caveats if you're changing from standard round-wounds to Elixirs:
    1. You will need to re-intonate your bass, even if you're staying with the same gauges. What I call the "vibration take-off point" is different than an uncoated string.

    2. If you have grounding problems with your instrument, coated strings can make it worse. In other words, if you have to have your hands on your strings to quiet down your bass, that's not going to work as well with a coated string (the coating acts as an insulator).

    I tried coated strings many years ago when they first appeared. I may have had them on an instrument for 15 minutes before I ripped them off and tossed 'em. Not the case anymore...Elixir has done their homework and improved the product 100 fold. My only complaint (and the reason I gave 4.5 stars instead of 5) is that I wish there were more options on gauges. If they made a 45-60-80-100 for my Fenders, I'd be set;)

    If you're a bassist that needs a bright ringing tone but don't want to spend more on strings than rent, you owe it to yourself to check out Elixirs. You'll spend a little more up front, but you'll save a ton in the long run.

  • from Western Arkansas May 20, 2013Music Background:
    Semi Pro Bass and Guitar player for nearly 30 yr

    Close Call

    Great sounding strings that should be very long lasting. The only problem I had, and wasn't really a problem, was that I have an extra long 35" scale bass (Ibanez BTB). The top string barely reached the nut before it started tapering down. I could not recommend these strings to those of you with the 35 1/2" scale like some of the Carvins.

  • from WPB Florida July 28, 2016

    Great Sound

    Strings have a great tone and feel. Taking a bit long to stretch and stay in tune.
    My last set of Elixir's did not have that issue.

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