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Electric Bass Guitar Strings

Electric Bass Stainless Steel with NANOWEB® Coating

Elixir® Stainless Steel Bass Strings with a NANOWEB Coating provide a bright stainless tone with deep lows.

Working closely with the global bass community, we asked 4000+ players what they needed from a bass string, and recruited 1000+ players for field trials to help improve the playability and our protective NANOWEB® Coating. Inspired by our field trials, Elixir Strings entire line of round wound electric bass strings now benefits from a NANOWEB Coating made exclusively for bass guitar. With playing experience also enhanced by optimized string tension profiles, flexibility and feel, our Stainless Steel Bass Strings deliver:

  • Bright tone with deep lows
  • Smooth, natural feel with enhanced grip* and reduced finger squeak
  • Greater durability and response, even during hard-hitting attacks
  • Consistent performance from gig-to-gig
  • Longer tone life than any other bass string, uncoated or coated**

Elixir Strings is the only coated string brand to protect the entire string with an ultra-thin coating, keeping gunk out of the gaps between the windings. With consistent performance from gig-to-gig, Elixir Stainless Steel Bass Strings remove the hassle and expense of frequent string changes.

*Compared to original NANOWEB Coating
**Elixir Strings player survey

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Electric Bass Stainless Steel with NANOWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge G-1 D-2 A-3 E-4 B-5 Buy Now
14652 4-String Light, Long Scale .045 .065 .080 .100 -
14677 4-String Light/Medium, Long Scale .045 .065 .085 .105 -
14702 4-String Medium, Long Scale .050 .070 .085 .105 -
14777 5-String Light, Long Scale .045 .065 .085 .105 .130
14782 5-String Light/Medium, Long Scale .045 .065 .085 .105 .0135

Electric Bass Stainless Steel 5th String Singles with NANOWEB Coating

Now you can mix and match your gauges to customize your bass strings. Whether it's a 4- or 5-string bass, Elixir Strings has YOUR custom set of strings.

How to use:

  • Select your foundation 4 or 5-string set.
  • For 5-string players, select your 5th string single or use the standard 5-string Light set.
Part No. Gauge B-5 C-6 Buy Now
13426 Super Light B, Long Scale .125 -
13436 Light B, Long Scale .130 -
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String Tension for Tuning

Tensions shown below are an approximation. The tuning is given for a particular scale length (Long=34") and standard tuning.

Gauge Scale Length G-1
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Total Tension (lbs)
Light, Long Scale Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 42 .065 / 47 .080 / 40 .100 / 34 - 163
Light/Medium, Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 42 .065 / 47 .085 / 45 .105 / 37 - 171
Medium, Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .050 / 49 .070 / 56 .085 / 45 .105 / 37 - 187
Light, Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 42 .065 / 47 .085 / 45 .105 / 37 .130 / 32 203
Light/Medium, Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 42 .065 / 47 .085 / 45 .105 / 37 .135 / 33 204

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Extend Tone Life

When is it Time to Change Strings?

How to stave off "tone death" with Elixir®  Strings

A string is "dead" when it no longer exhibits the intensity of frequencies it had when it was new. When you pluck a new string, you can hear the high-frequency harmonics that makes an instrument's tone vibrant.

Click here to listen! Live String
Click here to listen! Dead String

"LIVE" STRING: In this audio file of an Elixir String, you can recognize the brilliant tone you associate with a fresh set of strings. Complex overtones of high-frequency harmonics allow for a full, rich, and desirable sound.

"DEAD" STRING: In a remarkably short time, uncoated strings will succumb to dirt and corrosion, and will lose the vibrancy you enjoyed when the strings were new. They can no longer vibrate as freely, and your tone will suffer.

There are many tell-tale signs that an uncoated string has died. Before you even play your instrument, you’ll see that the string has become discolored due to corrosion and accumulation of debris in the windings. But listening to the instrument’s tone is the most important test. Looking at the graph above and listening to the accompanying audio examples, you can see and hear how the new string offers complex overtones, while the frequency intensity on a dead string is lessened, leaving you with a lifeless sound.

You could prevent this by changing strings after every playing session, but that solution is both time consuming and costly. Or, you can put on a set of Elixir Strings. Players report with Elixir Strings their tone lasts longer than any other string, uncoated or coated.

Artists Who Use Electric Bass Stainless Steel with NANOWEB Coating

Nate Watts - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Nate Watts