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Rating and Reviews: Elixir Polyweb Strings

Get that full-bodied, "broken-in" sound right away with these Elixir Polyweb acoustic strings. Their coating ensures that tone and feel lasts.

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Elixir Polyweb Strings Customer Review submitted May 9, 2005

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Sound: A couple of days after I put these strings on my Fender acoustic, I nearly took them off. They held onto that shallow "new" sound far longer than the uncoated strings I had been using before. But I was patient and left them on. Now, FIVE MONTHS later! the same set of Polyweb strings are still on the guitar. After a few days, they began to sound rich and warm, and they have kept that good sound for MONTHS. I highly reccomend these strings to anybody. I play every single day, with a pick and fingerstyle, up and down the neck. These strings have stayed clean (not crusty!) and have sounded good for months longer than uncoated strings I have used. Try them. You patience will pay off in the long run.
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"Fast but Unreliable" submitted February 10, 2008

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Musical Background: Professional Singer/Songwriter & Worship Pastor
Music Style: Acoustic Pop, Worship
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Sound: It's a coated string, so it's a mixed blessing. Less squeaks means less natural fret noise. Feature: The two best features of coated strings are extended wear and playability. The strings take longer to tarnish because they are coated and they play much faster because there's less friction. The downside is when they do wear, the coating flakes off and dulls the sound. Ease of Use: Great playability. You'll find you can play a lot faster and easier with these strings versus conventional strings. Quality: After playing these strings for 10 years on my two Taylors and McPherson, I have noticed a significant breakage problem in the last 4 years with the G string across the saddle. For someone who plays out all the time, reliability is essential. The G string has become totally unreliable in concert- more than 3 or 4 times breaking on the first song. Value: This is a good product if you play at home for recreation. They will help you improve as a guitar player. But they are currently unacceptable for professional players. Manufacturer Support: Elixir has sent me replacement G strings, stating these were *improved* (which would indicate they knew of a problem). However these broke on 3 different guitars I tried them on- all at the saddle. Bottom line, again, if they are not reliable- who cares if you get free replacements? The Wow Factor: They're slick and fast, so I guess that makes them y. But keep 'em in the house- they'll embarrass you in public! Overall: If you're looking for strings you can keep on your guitar for a long time (at home) these would be a good choice. If you play out a lot, change your strings frequently, or in general- need strings that you can count on- these would not be the strings to get.
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"The best strings, worth every penny. You will not use other brands after trying these." submitted November 3, 2004

By a customer from computer.org
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Musical Background: active musician
Music Style: alt, rock
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Sound: Okay, I was induced to put a pair of these on my HD28 and they sounded wonderful. Best strings ever for tonality, lushness and, oddly, diminished sqeeks when shifting chords positions. I had them on the guitar -- which I play every day for at least a couple of hours -- for almost 2 months... and then I just had to change them. I put on brand new Martin strings. I've played them for two days and brand new they sound worse than those worn-out Elixirs. Whatever they've done with this technology, these strings arew worth it. I went out and bought a brand new set of Elixirs and am swapping the brand new Martins (and throwing them away) as soon as I finish writing this review. Feature: Great sound, tonality, you won't go back to any other brand. Quality: Well packaged, as easy as any strings to put on. Value: You are paying 50% more here than you can get any other brand of strings but you will be getting 200% better strings. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed support The Wow Factor: Try it yourself: take your brand and a new pair of these and put them on your guitar
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"G-string breaks on the saddle." submitted February 23, 2008

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Musical Background: active musician
Music Style: pop, rock & country, bluegrass
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Sound: I kind of like the 'damped' sound of the coated strings. It is surely different from normal strings wich are more bright the first days. But the tone stays the same for 4 weeks and more! Where as with normal strings I replace each 4 - 7 days. Feature: That darned g-string breaks *very* easy. Sometimes after five minutes fingerpicking. Very frustrating, considering the price tag! Ease of Use: Normal. These are just strings, ya know. Value: If the g-string holds, then they would get an 10. When it breaks they get ZERO. Manufacturer Support: Well, they don't refund a broken string, do they? The Wow Factor: Naah, not any more. To expensive. I bought 4 packages, and in each one the g-stings breask on the saddle. Overall: Get that g-string problem fixed, and you have a very good product. As it is now, you can't rely on it.
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