These are standard light gauge (12 - 53) bronze strings. I've never had one break on me and they hold their tone acoustically for about 4 -5 days unless they're given a lot of work to do. With my guitar plugged in, the tone decay was much less noticeable - maybe another 3 days before they really dulled down. I'd say, if you were busking or playing rhythm in a band, you could keep these on for quite a while. On a solo gig, if they'd been on for more than a few days, I'd change them - Elixirs they are not! That said, if you're short of cash, these are a damn good deal - especially if you're learning, breaking strings all over the place, and have yet to acquire any subtlety! Freshly on at a gig, they sound just fine. Actually, at this price, they make good spare strings too for more expensive sets - if you break one of your Elixirs, they're probably on the way out anyway, so replacing the broken one with one from a set of these lets you keep playing (you can't buy individual Elixirs), you still have 5 spares, and it'll be another week or so before you have to blow £15 on a new set of the luxury strings. Newby electric players please note: these are for acoustic and electro-acoustics only. You will NOT get the same response from these that you get from the alnico-nickel/steel strings designed for electrics. Summing up? Cheap as chips, but good for spares, practising, or (if fresh on) for gigging.
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