Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

I purchased a set of Elixir Optiweb 10 – 46 gauge electric guitar strings at the purchase price of $12.99 per set. My Godin LG Signature was the test instrument, which you can read about here. I decided to play this string set until one or more of the strings failed in some way (I wanted to see how long the strings would last before they became unplayable as a full set). About one month and a half into using the strings regularly for my various practice and playing engagements the “D” string failed.

Sound

My first impression of the Optiweb strings was that the plain strings sounded quite nice and were fairly easy to bend. The wound strings had a nice sound, but were not quite as bright sounding as the strings I used before. The Optiweb strings worked great in a band situation. I used the strings for rhythm and lead guitar playing plus some slide guitar work.

I was a string tester for Elixir in the past and I must say a couple of the sets they sent me were absolutely stellar guitar strings. I was a little bit disappointed that the Optiwebs did not live up to my memory of some of the Elixir test strings I had tested, but without a side-by-side comparison this observation is totally subjective. The string tension across the set was well balanced and comfortable to play.

Summary

Elixir Optiweb electric guitar strings are high quality coated guitar strings with good tone. The coating gives you extra life in the wound strings by resisting dirt and grime. I must say these strings sounded good up until the day the “D” string gave up the ghost in the heat of battle. If you are looking for strings that are stable, which you won’t have to change every couple of weeks these may be for you. At $12.99 per set they are a little on the high side for me regarding price to performance. The only way to know if they will be your new favorite is to try them.

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Popular Guitar Pedals for Under $50

This was posted on Reverb.com by Dan Orkin on June 20th. Great information I just had to share.

The Most Popular Pedals You Can Buy for Under $50 : https://reverb.com/news/the-most-popular-pedals-you-can-buy-for-under-50-dollars

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Rockin’ the Guitar!

I haven’t written anything for my blog in quite a while. I’ve been quite busy playing guitar. I have been testing lots of picks, and am getting ready to write some more pick reviews. Stay tuned…

9 Effective Ways to Increase Your Guitar Picking Speed

Working on increasing your picking speed is not just for the hell fire speed guru wannabe’s. Once your speed increases your whole style of playing loosens up. Your fingers will feel light and flexible and you’ll gain more freedom in your playing. Your fingers will float easily across the strings without …

Source: 9 Effective Ways to Increase Your Guitar Picking Speed

Warren Haynes: Man In Motion

Out of all of Warren Haynes’ work that I have had the pleasure of listening to I really like what he did on the Man In Motion album. I love the sound. Warren’s guitar tones are tasty as heck. The songs are really good. I’m a hard rock guy and this album sucks me right in with the smooth R&B music on this album. Every time I listen to the songs I hear something I didn’t before.

Check Warren out here for the live versions of the songs plus more.

You can check out samples of the studio version here.

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Gravity Guitar Picks Tripp Review

Gravity Guitar Picks hails from Manteca, California. They manufacture and sell acrylic guitar picks to guitarists everywhere via their web site, and select dealers around the globe. I classify Gravity’s guitar picks as specimens of the boutique persuasion.

I purchased the Gravity Tripp in the Mini and the Big Mini sizes in the 1.5 mm thickness from Gravity Guitar Picks’ web site. Shipping has been fairly quick for the U.S Mail, in the 4 – 7 day range from California to my Midwest location (I have purchased picks a few different times from Gravity Guitar Picks). I did not expect super fast delivery for the reasonable and affordable $2.99 shipping charge I selected. There is also a 2-3-day Priority shipping option for $6.00 if you need your picks delivered pronto.

Pick Specs:

  • Gauges: 1.5 (Fluorescent Green), 2.0 (Blue), .3.0 (Orange), 4.0 (Yellow), 6.0 mm (Red)
  • Material: Acrylic
  • Shape: Distorted 351 Shape sort of (please see the featured image at the top of this post)
  • Sizes: Mini (Jazz), Big Mini, Standard and XL
  • Tips: Pointed, Medium Round, and Full Round
  • Bevel: Polished or Master Finish (unpolished)
  • Price: Starting price is $4.99/pick for the 1.5 mm thickness, and goes up from there depending on the options you choose. The picks reviewed currently cost $4.99 each plus shipping.

Description

The Gravity Tripp 1.5 mm guitar pick is manufactured from transparent acrylic (Polymethyl Methacrylate to be exact) that is tinted fluorescent green in color. These picks really jump out at you and catch the eye. The picks actually look like they are glowing in the fluorescent green color. Each of the three tips is a different shape. It is like getting three different picks for the price of one. Sweet! You can cover a lot of sonic ground with the Gravity Tripp. Both picks reviewed have polished bevels, and the bevels are identical on both the Mini and the Big Mini sizes.

Action

With a thickness of 1.5 mm each these picks are fairly stiff and do not flex much in actual use. The pointed tips on the two Tripp models allow for good clean alternate picking that feels almost effortless, and allows for faster playing styles. The medium round tip is similar to the tip of a Fender model 351 type pick. This tip is good for playing chords and picking single note lines but requires more work than the pointed tip when picking notes. The full round tip I found to work best for strumming chords. You can use the full round tip for picking single notes, but there was too much pick on the strings for my taste most of the time.

Sound

The Tripp Mini has a smaller sound and the tone is bit blurred due to your index finger hitting the string as you strum and pick notes, which is typical of a Jazz sized pick. The Tripp Big Mini has a bigger, clearer sound with a lot more volume on tap.

Here’s a rundown of how each pick tip sounds.

• Pointed tip: This tip has the thinnest sound of the three tips, but has a more focused sound with excellent articulation.

• Medium Round tip: This one has a fuller sound with good attack, and good articulation.

• Full Round tip: This tip gives you an even fatter tone, which I found great when strumming power chords. When looking for a more rounded tone this is the tip to use when picking single notes.

I have found the tone of this pick to be fairly neutral. Not too bright, and not too dark.

Summary

The Tripp guitar pick is one of my favorites of Gravity Guitar Picks’ line due to the versatility of three different tips in one pick.

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Elixir Electric Guitar Strings Test

I tested this set of Elixir 10 – 46 gauge guitar strings for about 6 hours of playing time total. Elixir did not reveal to me the construction of the strings nor if they were coated or not.

Sound

Immediately after stringing up the guitar my first impression was that the strings sounded a bit dull. I decided to give the strings some time, and use them in a band situation. The strings performed fine in a band situation, but were not my favorite set of strings. I did like how easy it was to bend the strings, however. I’m guessing the strings were coated due to the dullness of the tone. The string tension across the set felt fairly balanced. If only the strings had a bit brighter tone they would have been a winner.

Summary

I enjoyed being a string tester for Elixir and filling out their two surveys (one after twenty minutes of playing time and the other when I decided to remove the strings). I let Elixir know I would be more than happy to test more strings and submit my opinions. We’ll see what happens in the future.

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Stringjoy POM Guitar Pick Sampler

Yesterday my latest order from Stringjoy came in. In that order I had ordered Stringjoy’s guitar pick sampler pack. Seven picks, one of each gauge/thickness, for $7. I expected them to come in a small plastic bag, but I was pleasantly surprised that they were packaged in a cool little circular tin with a screw-off lid. Nice touch Stringjoy!

I’ll test the guitar picks out over the next few weeks and will post a review later.

Have a great weekend, and keep pickin’!

Zoom Multi-effects

Zoom MS-70CDR

I purchased the Zoom MS-70CDR (Chorus, Delay and Reverb) from Sweetwater Sound. I need a few effects that the current effects on my pedal board do not cover mainly ambient reverb. So far I am trying to figure out how the pedal works. I have read the manual, but it appears the manual kind of glosses over what the pedal is truly capable of doing. I’ll let you know in a few weeks what I truly think of the pedal, and if I was able to integrate the Zoom MS-70CDR into my current pedalboard…

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