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Electric Bass Nickel Plated Steel with NANOWEB® Coating

Elixir® Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings with a NANOWEB Coating took a year of intense research and feedback of 1000+ bassists.

With the coating designed just for bass, these Nickel Plated Steel Strings offer enhanced grip, reduced finger squeak, and extended tone life. The tone is rich, rounded with greater clarity and heavier mid-range presence.

  • Only coated string brand to protect the entire string with an ultra-thin coating, keeping gunk out of the gaps between the windings
  • Extended Tone Life – players report their tone lasts longer than any other string, uncoated or coated
  • More natural feel with enhanced grip
  • Durability and response even during hard-hitting attacks
  • Smooth feel that is easy on your fingers and enhances playability
  • Consistent performance and tone – ready to play whenever you are
  • Reduced finger squeak – good for both performance and recording
  • With less hassle and expense of frequent strings changes, spend more time making music

Electric Bass Nickel Plated Steel with NANOWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge G-1 D-2 A-3 E-4 B-5 Buy Now
14002 4-String Super Light / Long Scale .040 .060 .075 .095 -
14052 4-String Light / Long Scale .045 .065 .080 .100 -
14077 4-String Medium / Long Scale .045 .065 .085 .105 -
14087 4-String Medium / Extra Long Scale .045 .065 .085 .105 -
14102 4-String Heavy / Long Scale .050 .070 .085 .105 -
14202 5-String Light / Long Scale .045 .065 .080 .100 .130

Custom String Shop - Electric Bass Nickel Plated Steel 5th and 6th String Singles with NANOWEB Coating

Now you can mix and match your gauges to customize your bass strings. Whether it's a 4-, 5-, or 6-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 custom 5th string or use the standard 5-string Light set.
  • For 6-string players, add your custom 6th string to your 5-string selection.
Part No. Gauge G-1 D-2 A-3 E-4 B-5 C-6 Buy Now
15332 Medium C - - - - - .032
15425 Super Light B, Long Scale - - - - .125 -
15430 Light B, Long Scale - - - - .130 -
15432 Medium B, Long Scale, Taper Wound - - - - .130tw -
15433 Medium B, X Long Scale, Taper Wound - - - - .130tw -
15435 Heavy B, Long Scale - - - - .135 -
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Additional Information

String Tension for Tuning

Tensions shown below are an approximation. All tensions are based upon a particular scale length (Long=34" or Extra Long=36") and standard tuning.

Gauge Scale Length G-1
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
D-2
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
A-3
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
E-4
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
B-5
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Total Tension (lbs)
Super Light / Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .040 / 34 .060 / 42 .075 / 36 .095 / 34 - 146
Light / Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 41 .065 / 46 .080 / 44 .100 / 36 - 166
Medium / Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 41 .065 / 46 .085 / 48 .105 / 40 - 175
Medium / Extra Long
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
36" .045 / 46 .065 / 51 .085 / 54 .105 / 45 - 196
Heavy / Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .050 / 48 .070 / 56 .085 / 48 .105 / 40 - 192
Light / Long Scale
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
34" .045 / 41 .065 / 46 .080 / 44 .100 / 36 .130 / 33 199

Why Use Elixir Strings?

POLYWEB vs. NANOWEB Coatings

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 Nickel Plated Steel with a NANOWEB Coating

John Paul Jones - ELIXIR Strings Artist
John Paul Jones
Derek Jones - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Derek Jones
Dan Lutz - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Dan Lutz
Yolanda Charles - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Yolanda Charles

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