Iâ€™m often asked about the gear and equipment I use when I play out, so Iâ€™m going to do a little blogging on that over time here. This info is kind of a moving target for me because technology is continually updating and new gear is always hitting the market. I probably should confess that gear-lust often clouds my good judgmentâ€¦but Iâ€™ll save my confessions for another post.
For years Iâ€™ve exclusively used Elixir Strings. Iâ€™m a rhythm guitar player, self-taught, but a keyboard player first. Perhaps itâ€™s because Iâ€™m a sissy (or most likely because of it) that it took me a long time to build up string-calluses on my fingers. So when I first played Elixir Strings with the POLYWEB coating, my fingers felt like they were being pampered and I became an instant fan.
Not only do I love how the strings feel when I play, Iâ€™m also thrilled with the way these strings keep their intonation. Other strings Iâ€™ve played always seem to have a short â€˜shelf-lifeâ€™ and required constant tuning. Elixirâ€™s stay in tune week to week, needing only minor adjustments, and last a lot longer than any other brand Iâ€™ve tried. I dig this because it saves me money and time spent constantly changing strings.
Iâ€™ve also found that my Elixir Strings consistently maintain their tone. They donâ€™t just sound great for a few days of playing and then loose their brightness. I can play them for several weeks and still be happy with the tone Iâ€™m getting. Many other strings sound great at first and quickly begin to sound dull and lifeless. Elixirâ€™s sound great the entire time I have them on my guitar.
Here are the strings Iâ€™ve found work best for me:
Acoustic 80/20 Bronze with POLYWEB Coating
Light Guage: .012 – .053
Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating
Medium Guage: .011 – .049
Iâ€™ve also been using the Elixir Instrument Cables the last couple years and they sound incredible! High-end cables can be a difference-maker when trying to get quality tone from any instrument. Iâ€™ve been thrilled with the quality and sound I get when using these cables.
What strings do you use and why are you loving them?