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The best elixir. Always wanted to like the nanoweb and polyweb but they never felt or sounded right to me. I tend to prefer standard D'addarios but these optiweb strings are close with the benefits of needing to be changed less often, not causing grooves in frets as they stay smooth on the underside and they don't cause grey marks on a maple board like standard nickel strings do. I would normally change other strings every 3-4 weeks, get an extra week out of D'addarios, but these optiweb strings can last up to 10 weeks. They tend to stretch so they aren't in tune well before they oxidize. I have managed a full 3 months with a set. The only thing to be cautious of is if you have particularly soft vintage nickel frets as these strings do feel harder and may wear frets quicker. I only use on guitars with stainless frets.
They last as long as Nanowebs and sound a bit livelier. The coating is less noticeable and doesn't seem to peel in the picking area, which is an improvement. Perhaps best of all, they seem to require much less stretching to hold their tuning than other Elixir strings; anyone who has tried NYXLs will know what a nice time saver this can be.
I was skeptical about these having played standard nickle coated strings for over 20 years. All I can say is these are fantastic, yes they are slightly darker in tone (less bright) but that's actually a good thing for my guitars. They feel great and slick, don't corrode or get rough like normal strings, and have a lovely tone. Great to see technological advances in strings.
The only issue I find is that they are harder to stretch initially in order to maintain tuning stability, leading to more stretching and the occasional broken string.
Having used DR strings for as long as I can remember, I'm not sure what possessed me to try Elixir strings instead. Whatever it was, I wish I hadn't listened to it. These strings are muddy and dull. They don't sit well on my Strat and whatever this "Optiweb coating" is that they list in their title, it makes the guitar feel as if its been played by innumerable toddlers with very sticky hands. Since I'd already put them on the guitar I didn't really feel I could return them so I've had to swallow the cost. Back to DR strings for me and a lesson well learnt.
Previously used nanoweb on both my electric with a pick and acoustic guitar for Fingerstyle am now a convert to these. Wish they did optiweb for acoustic.
Nanoweb last a reasonably long time but I find they always fray over most used frets and where they are picked/strummed (pick or no pick). These don’t fray and so keep their tone MUCH longer.
+Clear, bright well-balanced tone not thin or weedy +no fraying of coating + very long lasting +quieter under the fingers than nanoweb +no sticky feeling - fine for both Fingerstyle and picked electric + no black fingers like with uncoated strings
- expensive, but definitely worth the extra better over nanoweb as much longer lasting.
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Hands-down my favorite guitar strings. I would consider myself a casual player, occasionally jamming for a couple of hours at a time, and this tends to kill any uncoated strings extremely quickly, since any oils or sweat from the hands left on them accelerate corrosion while the guitar is just sitting there. They sound really bright, too, though I believe you can find them with a different (Nanoweb?) coating with different tonal characteristics.
These strings, however, hold up for several times as long as uncoated ones, with minimal corrosion and tone loss.
I have also tried DR coated strings, but in my opinion they are nowhere near as good as these.