Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel Nanoweb Coating Light Bass Guitar Strings
The first company to coat strings in a polymer, Elixir has been a fixture in the industry for decades.
The brand has been at the forefront of guitar and bass guitar string innovation since its inception, and judging by the company’s current reputation that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.
The Elixir Nickel-Plated Nanoweb set has a very warm tonality.
A lot of musicians don’t like coated strings because they feel that coating a string deadens it, reducing the amount of frequencies it can produce. While it’s true that there is some high-end roll-off in coated strings, they don’t sound bad. They just sound different.
They also help to increase a string’s lifespan, which comes in handy if you’re constantly playing or don’t want to deal with the hassle of changing your strings.
- Gauge: Light (.045 to .100)
- Material: Nickel-Plated Steel
- Coated: Yes
Another benefit of coated strings is that the coating helps to reduce finger noise, which is a squeaky sound that you get when you run your hands along your guitar’s neck.
These were previously on our main recommended list and only came off due to us changing our guide to focus on standard gauges. You can see our current recommended list here: The Best Bass Guitar Strings.