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Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - Acoustic Guitar

Elixir Strings Employ Coating Technology To Give String 3-5 Times The Life of Standard Strings

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Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings

Let's face it. Changing strings all of the time is a pain. It is not one of my most enjoyable tasks, but it is a necessary. I will also admit that I postpone changing strings longer than I should.

I will say that I used the Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings quite a few times. What I like about them is that they are about as bright and sharp toned of a string that you can get with coated strings. They will sound really great on certain guitars but maybe too bright on others.

I because a trial and error process, just like any other string.

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - When Is It Time To Change Strings?

This is a difficult question to answer as it usually depends of each individual guitar player. Some guitar players do not like the sound of "new strings" as they usually do not exhibit a nice warm woody tone that we expect from our prized solid-wood acoustic guitar.

I guess I have to admit that I fall into that category. I usually like the sound of the strings by the 2nd week of playing, up until 3 to 4 days before they have to be changed.

OK, but how do we know they have to be changed? Here are some of the sure symptoms:

The wound strings have the windings worn down to a point that the string is flat between the fret and the bottom of the winding. Sometimes the winding will even break and you will have no choice. This is a symptom common to both Acoustic and Classical guitar strings.

Secondly you find if hard to tune the guitar or keep it in tune. This indicates a string failure and they have outlived their usefully life.

If you get the guitar "in-tune" and a few minutes later it is already out of tune, you may be in for a string break -or- your strings is not secured good enough at the tuning machines or possibly at the bridge.

When is it time to change Elixir Strings? Elixir® Strings last a really, really long time -– but not forever! Typically it’s time to change when the plain steel strings (high E and B) show signs of excessive wear. String life differs from player to player, but our strings generally last from 3 to 5 times longer than non-coated string.

Ordinary Wound Guitar Strings

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - Ordinary Wound Strings

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - The Various Flavors of Elixir

Yes, it can be a bit confusing. There are different types of coating for Elixir Strings.

Elixir Polyweb: The Polyweb coating is the original coating that Elixir first introduced.

Strings with POLYWEB Coating have a balanced tone and smooth response--they sound like strings that have been perfectly “played in." They are comfortably smooth and help reduce finger squeak.

Now by "played-in" don't get the idea that these are like worn out strings. Nothing could be further from the truth. What the folks at Elixir did was to just take the edge or the "bite" off that new string sound, as if you put new strings on your guitar and sat down and played for a few hours.

Elixir Nanoweb: The difference between coating “flavors” lies in the tone and feel.

Strings with NANOWEB Coating sound and feel like conventional, uncoated strings--they are bright and lively, and the coating is so thin that you can barely tell it's there.

Of the two Elixir flavors of strings, this one is my string of choice. I love the strings to be bright, which brings out the tone of my handmade, solid wood guitars.

I guess the only way you can be sure is to try both types. That is what I did. I felt that the Polyweb strings sound more like a 'broken-in' string, and I do like that aspect as well. I prefer just a bit more brightness though.

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - Brightness Scales & Gages

I have given a couple of graphs below, which will help you make a decision as to which string will be right for you.

Also, below that you can select a string conveniently from our store, at great pricing. So look around and see what you want.

String Contaminates

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - How Ordinary Strings Wear Out

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - What Makes Ordinary Strings Wear Out?

Contamination: As shown in the illustration above, as ordinary wound strings are used, the grooves between the bronze string windings get clogged with oils, dirt and other debris.

This is really no fault of the guitar player, even one who washes their hands on a regular basis. This contamination is nearly invisible to the naked eye and it inhibits the vibration of the strings.

Corrosion: While the wound strings deal with mostly a contamination issue, the plain steel strings typically wear out because of corrosion.

Corrosion happens over time too and is caused by moisture, perspiration and just plain exposure to the atmosphere.

Corrosion makes the strings dark-looking and crusty feeling. You can't hardly slide your fingers on them because of the rust and the go out of tune quickly and loose their intonation.

Guitar Strings With Elixir Coating

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - The Elixir Nanoweb Solution

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - The Elixir Nanoweb Solution

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - Wound Strings: After much experimentation, Elixir discovered that the real solution was to cover the entire string (the wound strings) with a protective covering. This would keep out all contaminates and corrosion.

Their coating is a micro-thin, yet flexible polymer tube that protects the entire outer wire from contaminate invasion.

You can relate this to a very very thin heat-shrink tubing placed over the strings to protect them. This coating is thinner than a human hair and nothing can get between the coatings, including the coating itself.

Elixir 80 20 Nanoweb Bronze Strings - The Plain Steel Strings: The plain steels have an Anti-Rust coating which is designed to extend the life of the plain steel strings from 3 to 5 times their normal life.

This process, which is a breakthrough technology, is a plating process the works to prevent rust and corrosion to give you a fresh feel and tone every time you pick up your guitar.

Ready to Join The Elixir 80 20 Bronze String Revolution?

Just click the buy now links at the right side of the handy table below. We the entire line of both the Nanoweb and Polyweb in the 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar line.

You will be assured of the lowest pricing and be taken to a secure shopping cart for your convenience.

Elixir Brightness Scale

Elixir Brightness Scale
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Elixir Brightness Scale
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