Review by Sebastian Davis
Have you started to play bass guitar, and are wondering why you sound like a cat being pulled backwards through a hedge? True, some people actually think that’s how they should be sounding, but by getting the right set of strings, the Elixir bass strings, you may just begin to change your mind about the sort of sounds that you should be getting out of your guitar.
When people are just starting out they give very little thought to the strings that are on their guitar, and that can be a big mistake. You’ve probably paid a lot for your bass guitar, and are using the strings that came with it, but they aren’t always going to be the best for the music that you want to play. True, the manufacturer of the guitar should know which are the best for their instrument, but cost cutting on ‘minor’ items can mean that you don’t always get the best included.
When you change to them you’ll find that Elixir bass strings have a different tone to the electric bass strings that you may be using at the moment. If you start learning on a guitar that doesn’t have Elixir strings you may be learning to play slightly different to how you would if you had Elixir strings, and that’s not only because of the difference in the tone.
Some of the cheap strings on the market are going to cause you a lot of problems when you’re playing using your fingers. The materials that they use, and the way that they’re constructed can leave them coarse and mean they can start to make your fingers bleed, and that isn’t really a good sign. While some people like to ‘bleed for their art’, most sensible people will realise that doing that – especially when it comes to something like a guitar – is just going to slow down your development, and you may just give up.
Elixir bass strings have a long scale NANOWEB Coating, and that makes life far easier on your fingers. This coating means that you get a far slicker feel from the Elixir string, which, of course, doesn’t actually mean that your playing is going to be any slicker, but miracles can happen. You will find that you can play for longer, and that will help you to get better, and mean that you’ll enjoy learning a lot more, too.
Are there any drawbacks from upscaling to Elixir bass strings? Well, there may be a couple. You may decide that you should start all over again, now that you have Elixir strings that play in the tone that you want, and you may consider getting a better electric guitar to go with the new Elixir bass strings. Oh, and, no matter how good the Elixir strings are, they won’t turn anyone who would fail as an air-guitarist in to an Eric Clapton – sorry about that.
Is it actually worth upgrading the electric bass strings that you already have? If you don’t feel the tone is right, or the strings are causing your fingers problems, or you seem to be going through electric bass strings way too quickly, then upgrading to Elixir bass strings is the right move for you. In fact, for the price, and difference in quality, it may be worth trying them out even if you are happy with your old electric bass strings – happy with them for the moment, that is. Click here to read more user reviews.
Electric Bass Strings
4-String Medium/Long Scale