Are coated strings all they are cracked up to be?

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    Join Date: Feb 2010
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    Are coated strings all they are cracked up to be?

    I've honestly never tried them enough to know. I've used D'addario across the board for years and years, but sometimes on guitars that get heavy playtime (Basses even moreso) I wish that they had a bit more longevity. I know a lot of the guys here are fans, opinions?

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    I prefer NYXL's over coated strings of any variety.
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    Have you tried that 'plucking the shit out of them' thing? That freshens them right up.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I've used D'Addarios for a very long time, but I've never had a problem with elixirs.

    Considering I usually keep a set of strings in a guitar for a few years, coated or non-coated is a non-issue for me.

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    I have pretty much always been a D'Addario guy. I did have a short stint where I only used Black Diamond coated strings, but I got a few with quality issues and went back to the EXL and found that I didn't miss the black coating whatsoever. I do enjoy the feel of Elixirs on my acoustic but I get a lot more hand sliding noise with those. That is 90% technique but I don't get nearly as much with other strings. Here recently I finally tried out the NYXLs and now they are on every stringed instrument I own.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Elixirs are fucking awesome.

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    I used to use Elixir, but I started using D'addario mainly due to cost, honestly I like them both about the same, the Elixirs do stay fresher longer but I'm not sure if they justify that extra cost for me.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    I tried the NYXL's and found that they felt a bit slinkier than their regular counterparts at the same gauge. Something to consider.

    My sweat is so acidic I don't think I would see much benefit of switching to coated strings.
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