This is a review for Elixir’s Nanoweb phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings. I contacted Elixir about the guitar strings and they sent them over for me to review and share my thoughts about them. The Elixir Nanoweb phosphor bronze guitar strings are also made with Anti-rust plain steel strings to help them last longer and keep their tone.
Below are the string gauges for the Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings-
- E- 0.12
- B- 0.16
- G- o.24
- D- 0.32
- A- 0.42
- E- 0.53
Elixir sound and feel
After I put these strings on my guitar I noticed right away that they didn’t sound like the other Phosphor bronze guitar strings I’ve put on my guitar in the past. The tone is difficult to describe in words, but for one they’re not as bright sounding as D’Addario’s phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings.
The Elixir phosphor bronze guitar strings have a mellow yet dynamic tone to them. My guess is that the coating they use to preserve the strings slightly affects the tonal quality, so it removes a bit of the bright punch that other phosphor bronze guitar strings have. The way the strings sound is neither a good nor a bad thing because it all depends on player preference.
I found the strings to be very responsive with how easy they were to bend and slide, they aren’t stiff at all to be .12 guitar strings, and they are pretty easy on the fingers when you focus on fingerpicking. I also found that the Elixir nanoweb guitar strings were durable and no matter which guitar tuning I used they didn’t snap or break on me.
I personally like the sound of the strings and the gentle and smooth tones that they give my guitar.
The bad news
Although the strings eventually held their tuning, it wasn’t like that when I put them on for the first time. The first time I put the Elixir phosphor bronze guitar strings on they kept constantly slipping out of tune, it actually took a while for the Elixir strings to break in and settle in place. If you are about to play a gig and put the strings on make sure you give them a bit of time to stretch out and settle before playing in front of a live audience.
I think the Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings are great for almost any playing style of music. They sound great, they feel great, and so far they have lasted me about a month without losing much of their sound quality. However, if you have never used them before their tone will take some getting used to because they aren’t as bright or strong sounding as other phosphor bronze guitar strings. The average price for the Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings is around $12 USD and can be found at almost all music stores and online dealers. If you are looking for something new I recommend that you give the Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings a try.
For more information check out Elixir Strings official website .
I’ve had these guitar strings on for about four months now and I had to change them because they got nasty. There was a lot of discoloration on the strings and they got pretty stiff, However, they were still pretty soft and easy to slide across, and the sound wasn’t too bad. I noticed some minor lose in the sound quality but overall, they still had a decent tone to them. I would have kept the strings on due to the fact they still sounded decent, but based on their appearance I knew that they would most likely break on me if I kept playing on them.
I still say they are worth a buy!