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Musikmesse 2017: Elixir to promote new Optiweb coated strings with test stations and performers

Laura  Barnes
Musikmesse 2017: Elixir to promote new Optiweb coated strings with test stations and performers

Elixir Strings will have a big presence in the electric hall at this year’s Musikmesse to promote its new Optiweb coated electric guitar strings.

Optiweb Coating is a new, innovative lightweight coating that sounds indistinguishable from uncoated strings, but with the long lasting tone life Elixir is known for.

Check out our recent review of Elixir’s new Optiweb strings here.

The firm will have 12 test stations, each with its own guitar, for visitors to try out the new coatings and also compare them to Elixir’s Nanoweb and Polyweb offerings.
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The string makers will also have an interactive sound comparison tool on its stand, so consumers and trade can listen and compare for themselves. More information about this can be found at

As well as all this, visitors will also be able to check out a full schedule of artists performing across all the show days, featuring an impressive mix of German, French and British Musicianship.

The line up of musicians include:


Kris Barras
Kris Barras is one of the UK’s most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years.

Nico Schliemann
Nico’s live work with Glasperlenspiel has toured many big arenas around Europe. Session work includes The Night Live Band, Gregor Meyle, Percival Duke, Rolf Stahlhofen, Stefan Stoppok, The Weather Girls and many more.

Frank Schulze-Brüggemann
Frank is a versatile session guitarist with credits that include: Glasperlenspiel, Gregor Meyle, Yvonne Catterfeld, The Overtones, A Fine Frenzy, Mimi Westernhagen, Valeria Frattini and many more.

Pascal Vigné
Pascal is a guitar player, composer, producer and founder of the trio Triple FX. His compositions illustrate outstanding technique and sense of musicality. Teaches at Music Academy International and various European schools.

Chris Woods
A guitarist, composer, performer, producer and educator. Festival credits include Glastonbury. Chris is a UK-based instrumental phenomenon whose compositions blend ear bending dropped tuned grooves with an eerie feel.


Benni Jud
Benni has extensive touring experience with the most diverse artists throughout Germany and other European countries. He is one of the most sought-after bass players in the German live and studio scene.

Umbo is well known for his work as a solo artist, sideman, songwriter and entertainer. Session credits include Paul Young, Tony Hadley, Alannah Myles, Nik Kershaw and many more.

Markus Vieweg
Markus has recorded and performed with Grammy Award winners and international jazz greats. His contribution to ElectroPop Band Glasperlenspiel achieved #1 chart positions and platinum discs leading to sold out tours and stadium concerts.


Phil Gould
Phil studied at the Royal Academy of Music. An accomplished songwriter, producer, pianist, programmer, occasional singer and great dad. His first chart success came with pop group M’s ‘Pop Muzik’. He appeared on TOTP with Roxy Music, but is best known as a drummer and founder of the band Level 42.

You will be able to find Elixir Strings at Hall 11.0, Stand C76.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Musikmesse 2017 news in our dedicated section.

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