4 Nov 2015

Tone vs saving.The guitar string conundrum



Apa khabar semua eeiii?Lama tidak bersuanya adoi..Atas kesibukan dan permasaalah peribadi saya bercuti dari ber blogging.Bagi saya berblogging bukat setakat melampir gambar sahaja tapi perlu juga diiringi dengan pendapat peribadi yang berkait dengan post tersebut.

Tajuk diatas mengenai tali gitar,Ia memang perbelanjaan wajib mingguan,bulanan atau tahunan seorang individu bergantung pada masa dan wang yang dipunyai dia kan nya pun.

Saya pengguna(pernah) tegar jenama Daddario dan kemudian ke Ernie Ball sambil secara rambang mencuba Rotosound.Setiapnya punyai kekenyalan tersendiri yang mana memang didahului oleh Ernie Ball.Namun purata ketahanan jenama disebut diatas selalunya gagal mencapai sepurnama di worshop saya.Dari segi tone tidak dinafi ia memberi bunyi besi sebenar.

Saya selalu dengar tentang Elixir tetapi tidak mahu membelinya pun kan.Saya pernah mencubanya pada gitar pelanggan saya dan waktu itu saya membenci kekenyalannya.Saya rasa ia agak liat berbanding Daddario,EB dan Roto walaupun pada gauge yang sama.Bunyinya agak tajam trebly gitu gitu kan nya.Rata2 yang menggunakannya mendakwa jangka hayat 6 purnama dan lebih.

Dilema...dilema..maka pada bulan May tahun ini saya membuat keputusan bersejarah dengan membeli sepeket Elixir Nanoweb 9-42.Dengar kata ini tali orang kaya tapi saya bukan kaya ya.



Selesai memasang saya biarkan gitar saya diatas stand berhampiran tong sampah tepi meja saya.Memang saya sengajakan kerana ada banyak tin Nescafe separuh isi didalam tong itu.Biarkan kelembapan melakukan tugasnya.Sebagai ujian tambahan jari ini yang selalunya kotor dengan kerja korek gitar,korek hidung dan sebagainya kan memegangnya bila kelapangan.Setiap pelanggan yang datang saya alukan memegangnya menggunakan muslihat "Cubalah fretwire di Jackson ini,sedap tau"Tanpa di lap dengan kain ia dibiarkan di stand dalam keadaan aircond 8 jam sehari selebihnya suhu bilik semulajadi.


Ya memang lain layanan saya untuk Elixir ini.Masakan boleh saya menyukainya serta merta lebih2 lagi bila membayar RM50 sepeket.Ia bukan satu jumlah normal bagi saya untuk tali gitar.Seolah helah pemasaran menjual produk.3-5x longer kononnya pun.Baik kita lihat nanti.





Kini sudah 5 bulan ia bertahan.Bunyi masih optimum.Tiada bunyi pecah seperti dijangka berlaku jika Daadario,EB dan Roto.Keliatannya menjadi latihan untuk saya menguatkan grip saya..tiada lagi isu disitu.




Kesimpulan

  • Saya tinggal berdekatan Khatulistiwa.Disini panas dan lembab sepanjang tahun
  • Saya seorang yang sibuk dan bila perlu memetik gitar saya perlu tali yang boleh menunggu kelapangan saya.Saya mahu tali yang pandai jaga diri dan bukan saya jagainya pun.Elixir memberi khidmat setiap kali saya memetik gitar saya(sepanjang 5 bulan,bila bila masa  tanpa kecewa) 
  •  Saya seorang yang sibuk tiada masa dan tidak mahu membazir petrol 2 kali sebulan keluar membeli Daddario,EB atau Roto.5 bulan kali 2 peket sebulan  brand disebut bersamaan RM250.Pemerhatian dari sudut ekonomi.Harap maklum kadar USD ke MYR kini.
  • Saya dapat kesan ketinggian treble pada tali ini tapi ia dapat diselesaikan oleh EQ amplifier saya.Baru kini saya ambil serius fungsi knob2 di amplifier saya.
  • Saya dapat kesan keliatan Elixir namun ia menjadi kelebihan menguat cengkaman jari saya.Bending lebih teguh,vibrato lebih bulat.
  • Saya rasa Daddario,EB,Roto etc sepatutnya berharga 3-5x murah dari Elixir.Akan kembali jika brand disebut berharga RM10 sepeket.Mustahil ia akan berlaku.
  • Saya pilih saving dari tone.,Saya pilih Elixir dan tali ini bukan untuk orang kaya sahaja.Dongeng meletup(mythbusted).Oh ya bercakap tentang tone,Elixir punya tone tersendiri jadi sememangnya baik bila begitu.


**ujian Elixir saya berlangsung di workshop saya dari May ke Oct 2015 pada suhu  min- max 27 - 31 Celsius dan Humidity 67% - 81%.Penulis ini tidak ditaja oleh Elixir,Dia hanya memberi pendapat amalinya sahaja.Label mana nak saya letak post ini..Dilema...dilema..



English Version.


How do?Long time no see..Due to work and personal issues I've taken time off blogging for a long while..To me blogging isn't just posting repair pictures.The writer's opinion must be included for some to agree or otherwise.

In this post I'll be writing about the guitar strings.Its no doubt an essential expense for any guitar player.Whether the spending is weekly,monthly or yearly is entirely depend on the individual needs.

I was a Daddario user that turned to Ernie Ball later while occasionally trying Roto randomly.Comparing the three its undeniably that the EB has what I might called more slingkyness.But almost always the three brands mentioned earlier failed to fullfill a month of fresh plus pleasure in my workshop.They sounded nice and fresh for 3,4 days then downhill it went after.But I acknowledge these rust prone string gives me the real string chimes and feel.Something I've accustomed to since I started playing the guitar.

I've always heard about Elixir strings spoken by many.I've tried it in the past on clients guitars but always hated its stiff feel compared to the usual strings.Dadd,EB,Roto etc even though its the same gauge..The string tones itself is too trebly to my ears to begin with.Despite that many swore it will last from 6 to 12 month at least.

What a dilemma I was facing myself so in May I convinced myself to buy and try it.People surrounding me said don't buy it,its expensive,its not for us common people.Its RM50 you know!.F*** it and for the good of my loyal blog readers "here's my RM50,give me a pack of that Nanoweb 9-42 please."

After stringing it I left it on the stand near my bench.Near it is the dustbin filled with unfinnish tin of Nescafe.Letting the moisture doing its work.This is all intentional and to add more torture I often, with my filthy fingers,pick it up after any dirty guitar repairs,.There's more..every client that visit my workshop was asked to play the guitar.No wiping,It was left there 8 hours with the AC turned on and at normal room temperature rest of the time.

The Elixir was getting a special treatment.From a person that isn't used to forking out 50 big one for a pack of string.Just because its 50 buck doesn't mean I'll like it immediately.3-5x longer lasting?What sorcery is this? It must be a marketing ploy.We'll soon find out.

At the time of this post its been 5 month the Elixir remained on my guitar.Time flies.The tone still isn't dead and it rings like day one.If it was Dadd,EB,Roto,it would be pack number 10 by now.I have overcome the Elixir stiffness.It made grip better than before.So its a none issue now.


Bottom line

  • I live near the Equator.Here its hot and humid all year round.
  • I'm a busy person that require guitar string that will be there for me everytime I decide to pickup the guitar.I need a string that able to fend itself from moisture,dirt and grimes in my workshop.I don't want something that I need to care and wipe everytime.Elixir were there for me(everytime for the past 5 months)) 
  •  I'm a busy person to waste petrol,time etc twice a month just to buy a pack of strings.Do the math,2 packs of none coated string a month times 5 month equals RM250.From the economics perspective,do observe the Dollar to our MYR.
  • The trebly tones from the strings has been resolved.That's what the EQ knobs on my amps was for in the first place.
  • Its initial stiffness feel was temporary.The more I practice the better grip and vibrato becomes.That's what we guitar players do.Play guitar!
  • Come to think of it Daddario,EB,Roto etc should be price 3-5x cheaper than Elixir.They go dead 3 - 5x quiker.I'll come back to their camp if their price at RM10.Un-possible!!
  • I choose saving over tones.,I choose Elixir and its not a string only for those well to do.Mythbusted.Speaking of tones,The Elixir indeed has its unique tones.So far I'm totally fine with it



**The Elixir torture test was conducted from May to Oct 2015 at min- max 27 - 31 Celsius and Humidity 67% - 81%.This writer is not sponsored by Elixir or its dealers.He only wrote based on his opinion.Which label should put this post..Dilemma...dilemma..


Elixirian.
yustech



3 comments:

Ijau D. Koceng said...

purata jangkahayat sepeket tali gitar yg saya guna (assorted; GHS, d'addario, ernie ball, alice, martin/darco) ialah 4 bulan, dengan penjagaan rapi boleh mencecah 6-7 bulan sebelum hilang kekenyalan

sekarang sedang bereksperimen dengan d'addario NYXL dan ernie ball titanium, nak tengok sejauh mana "hype" kedua-dua spesies ni

YusTech said...

Dashat kamu Ijau.

Dr. Bentara said...

OK saya akan beli Elixir lepas ini