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    Default How often do you change your Elixers?

    I've had them on for about 3-4 months and the last few times I've played the guitar (Taylor 314) it has sounded kind of dull and lifeless. Guitar gets some light-moderate playing time a few days a week.

    Maybe time for a fresh set?

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    Default Re: How often do you change your Elixers?

    Sounds like it is...

    I’ve gone through phases with Elixirs. I prefer the tone of regular strings (Ernie Ball Slinky’s and D’Addario Phospohor Bronze) but with the kids the last thing I want when I actually get playing time is to sit down and strum full strings. Basically all my guitars are Elixir now so they sound decent no matter what. The lightly played ones can go many months, sometimes a year between changes. My main electric I like to change about every 3 months, but if it goes 4/5/even 6 it’s way better than Slinky’s at that point.
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    Default Re: How often do you change your Elixers?

    I also use Elixirs due to very acidic sweat that just eat regular strings away in no time.
    I do tend to change the Elixirs every 3 months or so, they are not corroded by then, but it just guarantees fresh good tones.
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    Default Re: How often do you change your Elixers?

    I’ve never used Elixers, but most of my guitars have had their strings on them about four years.

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    Default Re: How often do you change your Elixers?

    The few times I've used them, the coating flakes off in a week, leaving white dandruff all over the case and my clothes. I'd rather just change strings more. I have tried the new D'Addario XTs, which are coated with something that doesn't flake off, and those seem to last pretty long. Still not sure if it is worth spending the $ for them, or just changing regular strings more.
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    I never change them 'cause I never put them on. I have one guitar now strung with them. But those are still the factory strings. How do I know? Flakes... But I have to admit that they feel kinda nice under my hands and sounding dull is not an option for them due to the EMGs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    The few times I've used them, the coating flakes off in a week, leaving white dandruff all over the case and my clothes. I'd rather just change strings more. I have tried the new D'Addario XTs, which are coated with something that doesn't flake off, and those seem to last pretty long. Still not sure if it is worth spending the $ for them, or just changing regular strings more.
    I checked my string box and I am out of Elixers but I did have a set of XT that I put on. My first impression was to grab my wirecutters, but I will let them settle. I think they are going to be too thin and shrill on a a bright guitar like my 314. But they do feel a bit less stiff compared to the Elixers. I think the coating on the XTs is similar to Martin Lifespan, which I love on my 000-15. Those might work on the Taylor.. hmm

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    Curt Mangans I use last about 2-3 months usually. More in less played guitars. NYXL's lasted noticeably longer, and broke in much quicker, so I think that balajces out higher price.

    Usually I just change strings when I notice my sound have come dull.

    I've tried Elixirs in shop guitars couple of times and hated them. They felt thick and somehow sticky under my fingers.
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    D'adarrio EXP and Xts sound better than Elixirs (but Elixirs sound pretty good though) and their teflon style application doesn't get crappy like Elixirs are known to do.

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    I used to use Elixirs, but switched to DR Dragon Skins / Black Beauties a few years ago. I change them when they won't hold tune or when they start to sound noticeably dull, whichever happens first. On guitars that I don't play much they can last for a year or more, whereas with heavier use it's more like 3-4 months.
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    I have exclusively used elixirs on my electrics for almost 20 years now. Any other brand of coated string seems to go dead in less than 1/3 the time (and uncoated are pretty much shot after 2-3 plays).

    For me, I pull up the high e string and check underneath. You'll see when the strings are going bad that they get tarnished spots under the part of the string that goes over your frets. I can get away with about two months of daily play (maybe an hour?) this way. If I'm not recording or playing out with the guitar, I can leave 'em on for a couple months more but they definately start to sound funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    I have exclusively used elixirs on my electrics for almost 20 years now. Any other brand of coated string seems to go dead in less than 1/3 the time (and uncoated are pretty much shot after 2-3 plays).

    For me, I pull up the high e string and check underneath. You'll see when the strings are going bad that they get tarnished spots under the part of the string that goes over your frets. I can get away with about two months of daily play (maybe an hour?) this way. If I'm not recording or playing out with the guitar, I can leave 'em on for a couple months more but they definately start to sound funny.
    I should have mentioned in my post that Elixirs still are the longest lasting of the big 3
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    In all honesty, the only time I use Elixirs is when I'm going to sell a guitar. I put them on when I post a sale, and leave them on... at that point I've "divorced" myself from the guitar. I also throw a set in the case for the sale. It's funny how a few cheap sets of strings for $3 each from wishdot sells a guitar. Personally, I hate them, they have those little "hairs" that form on where the frets are. Where I live, they cost about $16 a set, in a country where the min wage is less than $5 per hour. I change my super slinky strings at least once a week

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    (and uncoated are pretty much shot after 2-3 plays).
    Isn't that more commonly called breaking them in

    I hate that new string "zing "
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    I know a local gigging guy (hair metal style, so lots of whammy solos) who changes them every 3rd show. He likes that his tone never changes at all.

    I use balls or boomers, depending on the guitar/pickups. I like the tone best after an hour or two,,,,,,and they're good for a few more at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacew View Post
    Isn't that more commonly called breaking them in

    I hate that new string "zing "
    I seem to sweat battery acid, so shot = rough feeling with visible tarnished black patches . . . enough that it's hard to slide on them. :P
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    The D'add XTs were just too shrill and thin. Swapped them for a set of Martin Lifespan. I never tried them on a Taylor before and they are awesome.

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    I play live at least once every week in addition to band rehearsal for the Church Worship Team, in addition to practice (but mostly noodling) at home for several hours a week and typically change mine about every 3 to 4 months, sometimes as long as 6 months. In my opinion, they aren't the "best" sounding strings I've played, but they're always at least "good" for me. Main reason I get Elixirs is for the fact that they stay sounding good for that long; I despise changing strings on top of being lazy, so I just get strings I don't have to change often. They also don't really corrode very much if at all during that time frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave74 View Post
    I know a local gigging guy (hair metal style, so lots of whammy solos) who changes them every 3rd show. He likes that his tone never changes at all.

    I use balls or boomers, depending on the guitar/pickups. I like the tone best after an hour or two,,,,,,and they're good for a few more at least.
    Realistically, and noticeably the tone on a string changes continually the moment you put tension on it until you remove it. -so I'm sure you really meant that you like your tone within a certain newer brighter acceptable range and were just oversimplifying it -as players who want the maximum new and bright, pre moisture, pre bending a few dozen times tone to avoid softening of the the attack and a bright sustain type of string age are the guys you see their tech changing the strings after only a few songs -which is madness to me.

    I toured with another band in 1998 that had a tech changing strings on each guitar 2-3 times each set -and the guitarist had 4-5 guitars to cycle through in the set.... it was absolute insanity -but the girl guitar tech was the fastest string changer in history -she could do 6 strings loaded on, pre stretched, tuned up and checked and back in the case or on the stand in 1 to 1 and a half minutes total -I suspect she's a legend in certain roadie circles now. I'd like to know where she is now honestly.
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