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Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings   

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Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.

It's simply amazing what a little -320 liquid nitrogen can do to a guitar string. Put a set of Dean Markley Blue Steel strings on your electric guitar and hear what all the excitement is about. Twice the tone and twice the life.


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Dean Markley2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.5

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Long life (12)
  • Well built / quality (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful and bright,christal, and chimey sounding!!

Overall I love these strings, they suite my style greatly and they sound so good through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and Fender Blues Junior!
These strings are number 1 in my...Read complete review

Overall I love these strings, they suite my style greatly and they sound so good through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and Fender Blues Junior!
These strings are number 1 in my arsenal of strings because to me, i enjoy the brightness that these strings offer! they get me the nice twangy, chimey crystal clear bright tone and sound and each note i hit with these strings really pronounces so greatly! i only set my hot rod deville's drive barely on 2 and i get a nice rich gritty sound and when i strum at the tip of the neck like Kieth Richards does, i get that nice bell like chime perfectly. One thing to note with these is, in order to keep that nice rich flavor to them, you gotta use string cleaning oil such as fastfret or dunlop string cleaner, you cant let the grease from your fingers sit on these after gigs or long times of play because it will dead end the tone greatly. but all in all these strings are great, they are my number 1 brand strings i like to use!
One thing to note is you have to keep up on making sure you clean these strings right after you play because if grease from your fingers is left on them it will greatly dead end the tone.
Not a bad value just wish they were less but they are worth it though.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Perhaps I got a bad set

I picked up a set of these (.009 - .046) as part of a deal-sweetener and though I'd give them a go. They sound great, but I have busted three strings in the...Read complete review

I picked up a set of these (.009 - .046) as part of a deal-sweetener and though I'd give them a go. They sound great, but I have busted three strings in the last three weeks (high-E, B and D) - that's as many as I normally break in a year - and each time it's been while playing live. I don't go in for Pete Townsend windmilling or anything like that so I'm not super-impressed. Liquid nitrogen may help the molecular alignment in the steel a bit but I'm wondering if it doesn't make things a bit more brittle as well - perhaps put a few microfractures in the structure. As I said, perhaps I got a bad set, but I don't think I'll be getting them again, especially thi site's current deal on the D'Addarios.

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5.0

I keep using them

By Mark

from Kirkland, WA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

      Full tone, long life strings at a very reasonable price... I'm afraid to try anything else. I have and been disappointed, so back to what I know works..

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      4.0

      I will buy these strings again.

      Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

      I like the sound and life I get from these strings! Price of the strings is acceptable also.

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      5.0

      These will be bought again when I need new strings.

      By Johnny

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

      Sounds awesome, and they stay in tune. Best strings on the market.

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      5.0

      Only strings I'll buy for electric guitar

      By Jim

      from Bonney Lake, WA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

        Best strings I can find for the price. Used them for decades. Nothing even comes close to durability, tone, and intonation.

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        5.0

        Great strings

        By JC

        from Streamwood, IL

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigs
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

          I've used the Blue Steel strings for a few years and they seem to last longer than other brands. The Regular set (10-46) is perfect for my Les Paul Deluxe, which is actually a version of the Studio series. I use the Light (9-42) set with other guitars (an older LP Deluxe with lower frets and a Strat) and the slightly heavier gauge gives me better tone. Chords really ring out and single notes are more robust.

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          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          THESES STRING'S ARE THE BEST

          By ben garza

          from seguin tx

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I'VE BEEN PLAYING FOR ABOUT 100 YRS AND NEVER TRIED SOME DIFFERNT STRINGS MAN WHAT A CHANGE IN TONE,FEEL,AND LONG LIFE, REALLY GREAT WOULDN'T CHANGE FOR ANOTHER 100

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            5.0

            The Best!

            By Robbie

            from London, KY

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • All

            Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I have used Dean Markley Blue Steel strings for about 10 years now. I wouldn't even consider using another string.

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            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            No good stay away

            By nicknamer12234567890

            from Kalamazoo Michigan

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                I'd like to be the first to conclude that these strings blow.. They cheaped out with the single "air tight" package and wound all the string together in a circular knot that causes random bends and deformations.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The test of time...

                By Reverend Gonzo

                from Salt Lake City

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Loud Tube Amp Fun
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've been using Blue Steels on both electric and acoustic guitars for many years now, switched from D'Addario because of string life issues. I have to say, for the money, these things have it all. I've used Elixer Nanoweb strings now and again and the difference is enough that I'll always go back to Markley.... Better sound, equivalent string life and excellent tone for what I do - been playing for over 40 years doing blues mostly through Fender tube amps (a Blues, Jr. right now) and they just flat do it for me on my Epiphone ES 339.

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                  (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  extended life? seriously!

                  By anyone

                  from anywhere

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Bright sound
                  • Consistent
                  • They Will Go In Tune Once

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Too Easy
                  • Expensive
                  • Not For Floyd Rose
                  • Wears Down Frets Fast

                  Best Uses

                  • Beginner Or Intermediate

                  Comments about Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                  So over the years I've never been excited to try out guitar strings yet these excited me , the name the photo everything marketing was perfect. But when you try them after a few days they break. Not from re-tuning , no from actually strumming the strings , doesn't matter how hard you pick chances are you'll never break a string going through endless tone chasing to find the right gauge from 8-38 to insanely thick stuff as I'm a metal / shred guy.

                  so I've bought two packs , assumed maybe it was an old pack or whatever as the first time I ever bought a 12-52 not even slinky set by Ernie Ball it happened to me on the high E (used super slinky for years). But this wasn't the case. I've had friends all over the world say that they will never buy these strings. If you're a guitar tech who has successfully floated a floyd rose and adjusted it to a tuning you must be the luckiest guitar tech in the world .. seriously go out and buy a lottary ticket! Also steel strings wear down frets so don't bother with these if a re-fretting is out of your budget.

                  I liked the black packs of Dean Markley that aren't a buck more than the competition but these where a joke. They consistantly break after a week or so at least one string.. seriously it's not the guitar. A new set of pickups won't solve this problem 14 year olds and I'm sure the quality went down because I know a guy who's in his late 30s early 40s who used to love these back in the day. All the other major brands will last a month minimum on even a beginner guitar but stay away from these.

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