At last month’s NAMM show guitar string manufacturer Elixir unveiled its new Optiweb strings, promising natural feel and tone but with the lifespan of a coated set.
Many guitarists often sing the praises of uncoated strings for their ringing and open tone but find themselves having to change strings more often because they are more prone to corrosion. Elixir claims to have combined the best of both worlds with their new Optiweb electric guitar strings that have a ultra-thin coating for protection that doesn’t affect the tone or feel.
These new strings sound like their uncoated counterparts, according to guitarists that volunteered for beta testing, and have a crisp tone with a natural feel. As with other electric strings by Elixir, the Optiwebs are nickel plated steel and come in 5 different gauges - Super Light (9-42), Custom Light (9-46), Light (10-46), Light-heavy (10-52) and Medium (11-49). The new range sits alongside their Nanoweb and Polyweb coated strings. The Nanoweb Coated strings have a bright tone and smooth feel. While the Polyweb Coated strings have a warm tone with a slick, fast feel.
Elixir has used the launch of the new strings as an opportunity to redesign the packaging, which is now more modern and simplified looking, so keep an eye out for that next time you are in the shop. Elixir Optiweb electric guitar strings are available to order online or in-store from 1st March 2017.