The biggest effect I have seen on tone with Elixers (which I run on every last one of my guitars) is that it doesn't deteriorate..... EVER! I've had Elixers on some guitars which I play infrequently for well over a year. They still sound the same as they did on day one - and are still fresh and clean, no rust or corrosion.
I can't recommend them highly enough. I'll never "go back."
That's pretty awesome, the only thing i was really worried about was the action, like on slides and divebombs. But if you guys say that it doesn't affect that then i'm definately ready to try them out.
I've tried Elixir a few times and they do keep their tune/intonation longer than non coated strings. However, I do lots of bends and I break my high strings before I wear them out...so, I'm back to using my more economical EB like I've done for over 40 years and replace the set when it breaks or before a gig.
I tried Elixir about 5monhts ago.
Didn´t even had time to break them in the high e string broke during a brutal bend
Soundwise they we´re ok, didn´t get the time to play them that long.
For me they´re not worth the money...
But, You never know until you´ve tried them yourself
i really like them on my acoustics... but never really used them on my electrics... kinda have a thing about changing strings after only 2 or 3 gigs sometimes, and elixirs would be way too expensive for that... so i stick with me ol' trusty d'addarios.. tho i might need to try them on my strat since that just stays at the house and only gets played every once in a while...
I really like them on my Taylor acoustics...
on my acoustics, they have a sort of bright tone (when I tried some other random strings, they were ok..but they had a less lively and bright sound) that I happen to like.. a lot.
they don't wear as fast, but it can be a bummer sometimes when the higher strings break-- usually out of bends or, in my case, even by just trying to go tune them..
theyre a bit pricey I'll admit, but I'm not worried about that at the moment.. (I got a 12 pack of elixirs for free, so I'll be a happy camper about that for now. lol.)
I used Elixers for a few years and thought they sounded good and enjoyed not changing strings as often. I tried DR Tite Fits about a year ago and suddenly the Elixers sounded dead and lifeless in comparison. I'm not sure what the deal is but I'm going to keep using the Tite Fits even with having to change strings every 2 weeks.