This is a great thread. I love talking about strings!
Im gonna set my stall out right from the onset, Elixirs changed my life! That's it, plain and simple. I love them.
I started using Elixir Polywebs just over a year ago now when I bought my Lowden. I previously used mostly Martins. However, I spent a ridiculous amount of money on this fantastic guitar and was gutted to find that after several days it just didnt sound like the guitar I had played for hours in the music shop. It seemed like a totally different, much duller, guitar. A good friend of mine suggested that I buy some Elixirs. I did, and I was delighted with the results. My expensive guitar now continued to sound like an expensive guitar. And even straight after putting the new strings on I found that I liked the sound of them much more than the Martins. However, I wasn't convinced about the feel of the strings, as they're a bit bulky and kinda sticky.
So, Christmas last year I got my first Avalon (what a joyous day that was!) and (on JB's wise recommendation) I decided to put a set of nano web Elixirs on it. I found that these strings had the best of both worlds. Great sound AND great feel.
I find that Elixirs are bright and responsive. Which I love. And they last for much longer than any other strings.
However, there's no such thing as a perfect product. So I have found SOME possible faults.
It could be argued that the strings are TOO bright. Of course, this is a matter of preference. I found it very odd that MIKE450 described them as dead! I have only ever heard people complain about them being too bright. Maybe the strings were part of a bad batch? Could you explain what you mean when you say the strings sounded dead?
Another thing I have noticed is that when you start to thrash out some chords it looses some of its depth and starts to sound thin and trebley (is that a word?).
Of course, Im not an expert guitar player, Im only 22 and am still learning (as I suppose we all are). I've been playing for about 14 years now, but Im a singer/songwriter, so Im no Tommy Emmanuel. Therefore my comments may not be relevant to all playing styles. And Im sure you more experienced and mature guitar players will have a more reliable opinion on these matters than a young whipper-snapper like myself.
One thing I've certainly noticed, as was very interestingly pointed out by MIK450, is that I have major problems with the D string breaking! This has cost me a FORTUNE as Elixir nanowebs cost â‚¬22 in Dundalk! (Although JB has since directed me to a website which offers them at a MUCH more reasonable price.) I think that the reason I constantly break the D string is more to do with my bad habits as a guitar player. But I just thought it was interesting that MIKE has encountered the same problem.
All that said, I would HIGHLY recommend Elixirs to anybody. I love the tone and playability of these strings for the type of style I play. And as I am a proud owner of 2 beautiful Avalons, I would putting nothing other than Elixirs on them. Partly because Im a guitar snob (Lol...but it is true. Haha.), but mostly because Im the fussiest person alive!
I hope I haven't bored you all with my extremely long post.
Its been ages since I've posted anything...so Im making up for it. And also avoiding coursework.