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Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings 

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Treat your axe to a new set of strings!

Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.
Precision wound with proprietary alloys specifically developed to deliver bright, consistent performance and silky feel with longer life than other strings.


Your whole ripping, amazing tone starts with the simple vibration of a string. Don't skimp where it counts. Go for Markley quality today.

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Dean Markley2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Best

Weather you're a professional looking for better feeling and toneful stings that hold tune, or a beginner that doesn't know where to start, THIS IS IT! The good news is that when it...Read complete review

Weather you're a professional looking for better feeling and toneful stings that hold tune, or a beginner that doesn't know where to start, THIS IS IT! The good news is that when it comes to gear, so many things are incredibly subjective and different, well these aren't. These are the best!
I use these strings on all of my guitars, and have now for 6 years. They have incredible stability, tone, and playability. All of my guitars are equipped with Original Floyd Rose tremolos. I am not lying when I say that I can NOT remember the last time I broke a string, or if I even have broke a string since using Dean Markleys. I do remember breaking strings all the time with D'Adarrio strings, and having tuning problems with Ernie Balls, even though I am throughly trained and experienced with setting up and maintaining a Floyd Rose. It's just a simple fact that that these Dean Markley Signature Series, although surprisingly cheaper in cost than most, win in EVERY category when compared to any other string from any other string manufacturer in my experience.
I play everything from David Gilmour and Alex Lifeson, to Trey Azagthoth styles on the guitar, and can NOT remember a string breaking once since switching to Dean Markley Signature Series strings. Bending all day long, tapping, digging into full on chords, and bottoming out the Floyd Rose does not effect the tuning or tone of these strings. I give them a little wipe before and after playing, and they're like new. I change my strings one a month and play in a performing band that does 3 hour sets. Now given that I do use different guitars, one month is a long time for a string to keep tune, feel, tone. These Dean Markleys do every time.
For the price that Musicians Friend offers, c'mon! If I had the money to, I'd buy a boat load of these and throw them in the freezer. Instead, I just buy 10 at a time!

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Pretty disappointed

As much as I wanted to love these strings I'm sad to say I won't be buying them again. I do think string choice is largely down to personal preference, and lots of people...Read complete review

As much as I wanted to love these strings I'm sad to say I won't be buying them again. I do think string choice is largely down to personal preference, and lots of people seem to enjoy these, but to my ear, the tone is just awful. Also had one break MUCH sooner than I would have liked. Oh well.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best

By Zach Morgan

from Illinois

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Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

Weather you're a professional looking for better feeling and toneful stings that hold tune, or a beginner that doesn't know where to start, THIS IS IT! The good news is that when it comes to gear, so many things are incredibly subjective and different, well these aren't. These are the best!
I use these strings on all of my guitars, and have now for 6 years. They have incredible stability, tone, and playability. All of my guitars are equipped with Original Floyd Rose tremolos. I am not lying when I say that I can NOT remember the last time I broke a string, or if I even have broke a string since using Dean Markleys. I do remember breaking strings all the time with D'Adarrio strings, and having tuning problems with Ernie Balls, even though I am throughly trained and experienced with setting up and maintaining a Floyd Rose. It's just a simple fact that that these Dean Markley Signature Series, although surprisingly cheaper in cost than most, win in EVERY category when compared to any other string from any other string manufacturer in my experience.
I play everything from David Gilmour and Alex Lifeson, to Trey Azagthoth styles on the guitar, and can NOT remember a string breaking once since switching to Dean Markley Signature Series strings. Bending all day long, tapping, digging into full on chords, and bottoming out the Floyd Rose does not effect the tuning or tone of these strings. I give them a little wipe before and after playing, and they're like new. I change my strings one a month and play in a performing band that does 3 hour sets. Now given that I do use different guitars, one month is a long time for a string to keep tune, feel, tone. These Dean Markleys do every time.
For the price that Musicians Friend offers, c'mon! If I had the money to, I'd buy a boat load of these and throw them in the freezer. Instead, I just buy 10 at a time!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Powerful Tone

By Ampbox

from MD, USA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

    Dean Markley NickelSteel strings have a powerful tone; searing treble and molten crunch. A cutting and punchy tone is the prevailing sound.

    If you dislike lots of treble, then these strings may not be for you. But, if you're looking for a distinctive tone and easy to play strings, then you may love these.

    The only strings that I've found to be better overall than the NickelSteel's were S.I.T. Power Wound strings. But, those strings don't have the personality that the Dean Markley's have; the S.I.T.'s have a wonderful and more well-rounded tone.

    If you wanna rock hard and be heard for a reasonable price, then tryout these Dean Markley Signatue Series NickelSteel strings. They're different from the other top string brands.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Ever

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

    These strings beat the others hands down, they have a very crisp sound especially on the small e,b and g. If you are tired of same old strings buy some of these. I am sold from now on Dean Markley is the only brand I will put on my axes.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best for Gibsons

    By AngusGibbons

    from Boiling Springs, SC

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    Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

    I've used nearly every string there is, and I settled on Markleys about 10 years ago. Don't go for that "a string is a string" nonsense. As far as I'm concerned, there is no other string for Gibsons, especially Les Pauls, SGs, and Firebirds. They have a sweet but sinister ring about them, even after they aren't brand new. Sometimes they sound even better after the new wears off. Wipe 'em down and they'll last if you can't afford to change stings often. Even though I like Ernie Ball Slinkys on a Strat type guitar, the Markleys sound good on the brighter single coil stuff too. There may be less expensive strings, but just like everything else, you get what you pay for. It's hard to go wrong with the DM NickleSteels.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Pretty disappointed

    By Laura Palmer

    from Twin Peaks

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easy
      • Poor Tone Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

        As much as I wanted to love these strings I'm sad to say I won't be buying them again. I do think string choice is largely down to personal preference, and lots of people seem to enjoy these, but to my ear, the tone is just awful. Also had one break MUCH sooner than I would have liked. Oh well.

         
        5.0

        Sweet Strings

        By Gregphox

        from Tucson Az.

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong
        • These Strings Are Sweet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

            I'm very pleased with the quality of the Dean Markley Signature strings.

             
            4.0

            2503 Nickle Steel Strings

            By David

            from Alexandria, VA

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

              The strings are different from what I'm use too. Over all they have a very good tone. So far they are standing up to my way of playing.

               
              5.0

              Dean Markley Strings Review

              By Albatross

              from Milwaukee, WI

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

                I've used all the big name string brands out there in my search, and I always go back to Dean Markley NickelSteel strings. Not the blue box Dean Markleys, just these NickelSteel's. Whether you use 9 or 10 gauge, these seem to last the longest in terms of keeping a crisp tone and good resonance, and not breaking easily, which is important if you bend a lot or use a vibrato bar. These are now the only brand I use.

                 
                5.0

                The strings of choice

                By MusicManD

                from Towanda, KS

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                Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

                I've tried so many brands of strings - from the bargain basement to Elixir electrics, and I had settles on Ernie Ball slinkys.Until one day when I was going to a gig and realized I didn't have a backup set of EB's with me. I went to the local grocery store and grabbed the only set of .10s they had - Dean Markley nickelsteel...That was five years ago. The rest is history. Now I just need to figure out what to do with those leftover EBs. lol.

                 
                5.0

                last long time. nice crunchy sound

                By voodoochylde

                from Houston, TX

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                Comments about Dean Markley 2503 NickelSteel Regular Electric Guitar Strings:

                Last a long time. I've had mine on my Schecter for a month, playing about 24 hours a week. I replace usually because they start turning black. A nice crunchy sound that metal heads will like.

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