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Aug 18, 2022 - 12:43:30 PM
351 posts since 12/6/2021

I have tried just about all the makes of banjo strings out there and usually buy and use brands such a GHS, D'Addario, Martin, and a few others (probably all made in the same place though I am not sure). I usually buy several sets at a time if I find them on sale.

I dislike changing strings and usually find it to be a chore but it has to be done occasionally. Anyway, I recently bought a set of medium (10-23) Elixir strings I found on sale some place, so I thought I would give them a try. Maybe it was my imagination, or maybe I am just getting better at it, but I couldn't believe how easily the Elixirs went on; very easily, with no problems at all, they took very little effort and after tuning up they sound great. I don't pay any attention to their "Polyweb" coating. It may be fine for guitar strings but the banjo only has one wound string (usually) so I don't think it makes any difference. But besides that these strings are great. They are a little pricey and I currently have a good stash of other brands so I probably won't be buying anymore strings very soon, but I just had to comment on how good these Elixirs are. If anyone has used them, how do you like them?
Robert

Aug 18, 2022 - 1:55:32 PM
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66 posts since 12/12/2011

Yep I prefer them. Use them all the time.

Aug 18, 2022 - 2:54:29 PM
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368 posts since 3/27/2011

I’m pretty sure Elixer has quit making strings for banjo and mandolin

Aug 18, 2022 - 5:16:40 PM
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Supertigre

Canada

15 posts since 10/24/2019

quote:
Originally posted by lbartosh

I’m pretty sure Elixer has quit making strings for banjo and mandolin


Amazon and Long and McQuade both list Elixer Banjo strings for sale.

Aug 18, 2022 - 6:35:31 PM
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TN Time

USA

351 posts since 12/6/2021

Sweetwater lists Elixir banjo strings for sale.
Robert

Aug 18, 2022 - 6:59:17 PM

368 posts since 3/27/2011

Sorry for the comment. According to several articles I’ve read they have stopped producing anything for banjo or mandolin.

Aug 19, 2022 - 4:22:06 AM

564 posts since 2/8/2003

Elixir has discontinued banjo and mando strings as of June. Any you find are leftover stock. I used them almost exclusively. Chuck Lee uses them too.

Not sure what I will replace with. I am trying different strings now.

Aug 19, 2022 - 1:59:02 PM
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TN Time

USA

351 posts since 12/6/2021

I guess all the Elixir fans will be busy buying up all the old stock.

Robert

Aug 19, 2022 - 8:08:35 PM

4025 posts since 9/21/2009

I used them on all my instruments for several years. They are great strings. However I started using AMB brand strings on my banjos a few years ago and I like them just as good as I do the Elixirs. They are quite a bit cheaper also.

Aug 24, 2022 - 11:42:54 AM
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Lew H

USA

2743 posts since 3/10/2008

The chemical coating of the wound string is similar to teflon. It's a "forever chemical" that is bad for the environment.

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Aug 24, 2022 - 7:16:11 PM

12351 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Lew H

The chemical coating of the wound string is similar to teflon. It's a "forever chemical" that is bad for the environment.


It is exactly GoreTex, also used in clothing and dental floss. Here is the Material Safety Data Sheet

GoreTex MSDS

Aug 24, 2022 - 7:28:01 PM

12351 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by TN Time

I guess all the Elixir fans will be busy buying up all the old stock.

Robert


I was a dealer when Gore discontinued the stainless steel mandolin strings 15–20 years ago. I went on a buying rampage across the country. Still the best mandolin strings I ever played. You have to be a Very Special Friend Of Mike to obtain any of my remaining stock. The only reason I have any at all is because I no longer play due to my disability.

Because I preferred wound thirds and extra-long strings, I never took to Elixir banjo strings. I'll have to see if I have any left in stock.

Besides the GoreTex coating on the wound 4th, Gore plain strings are plated with an anti-rust alloy.

Aug 27, 2022 - 4:38:40 AM

3995 posts since 9/9/2010

I have used them for my electric guitars. They are a solid choice.

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