Elixir strings are the long-lasting, coated guitar string that dominates the market. Elixirs boast “a microscopically thin, advanced polymer tube that surrounds the string to protect it from corrosion and dirt without making any contact whatsoever with the critical area between the windings where the “critical zone of tone” is found and each perfect note is born.” But, there are two different “flavors” of Elixir strings; Polyweb or Nanoweb.
The prefix “poly” comes from Ancient Greek, meaning “many,” and “nano” means “extremely small.” These definitions are dead-on. The polyweb strings have multiple coatings of the Elixir Formula, while the nanowebs have only one. Different feel, different tone, and different life spans help decide which string you want to use! Both polyweb and nanoweb strings come in Phosphor Bronze and 80/20 Bronze, allowing you to customize your tone even more.
So, next time you’re changing your strings, give the Elixirs a try! You never know, you might find your new sound!
Artists like Toto’s Steve Lukather, Jason Richardson, and The Ride’s Kenny Wayne Sheperd are using Ernie Ball’s Cobalt strings. But why?
The Cobalt strings are wound with cobalt, instead of the standard nickel, which is a more conducive alloy. What does that mean? It means that cobalt has a “stronger relationship” with the magnetic field that our pickups create. This gives us “an extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs.”
Try them out next time your electric guitar needs some strings!!!
For all versions of Cobalt strings available, visit their website–We can special order strings just for you.
You may have seen these strings on the wall, but why do we carry them? There are a few reasons John Pearse strings our among our employee favorites.
John Pearse strings are wound under higher tension when they’re made. This causes the strings to really bring out the sound in your dreadnought guitar, whereas other strings may not yield as rich middles and full lows. Many of our local players (like manager John Cotter, Employee Ryan Williamson, and local player Peter Heimlich) use these strings because of their consistancy, and yielding sound. An added bonus is that when you buy John Pearse strings you’re not only supporting you’re favorite music store (hey, that’s us!), but another small company as well-Breezy Ridge Instruments.
From sound, cost, consistency, and ethics, John Pearse strings are a great buy, and it’s no wonder so many locals love them.
For more information on John Pearse strings and other products, ask us in store about the many products we carry from them, or checkout their website at https://www.jpstrings.com/index.htm
Attention all acoustic and electric guitar players!! This April, on Saturday, the 20th, we will be hosting a restring event featuring D’Addario’s NYXL and Nickel
Bronze guitar strings.
So what’s the deal?
On April 20th, bring your 6-string acoustic or electric guitar into the store. When you buy one pack of the NYXL or Nickel bronze strings, we will restring the guitar FOR FREE (normally a $20 service), and GIVE YOU another pack of the same strings. That’s right–Free restring and a free pack of strings when you buy one pack of D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze strings.
Made out of a reformulated steel, the NYXL strings will “bend farther, sing louder, and stay in tune better than any string you’ve played before.” They “provide more strength and up to 131% greater tuning stability by utilizing a completely reinvented wire drawing process coupled with a revolutionary ‘fusion twist’ process for the plain steels” (D’Addario Co.). They also provide more high output and a enhanced mid-range frequencies.
Nickel Bronze Strings
The Nickel Bronze Strings yield a “crisp and clear sound to accentuate the unique tone of your guitar.” They’re perfect for players that are looking for “the depth and projection of light gauge bottom strings, but slightly less tension on the high strings for easy bending” (D’Addario Co.). The strings provide brilliant projection, unrivaled clarity, and heavenly balances and overtones.
We hope to see you there! One Day Only, While Supplies Last.