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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 strin...Read More

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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 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), 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

Only strings I'll buy for electric guitar

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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

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    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

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      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!

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        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

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        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...

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            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 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              extended life? seriously!

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              from anywhere

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              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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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Cryo chamber

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              from Serbia

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Consistent

                Best Uses

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

                  I played Blue Steel 15 years ago and decided to try them again because they were very durable and had really clean tone. You can imagine my suprise when I openned the box and saw 2nd string without nickel coating on some places - looked like the frets mark on old string. SO DEAN MARKLEY, BEFORE YOU STEP INTO CRYO CHAMBER, LEARN HOW TO NICKEL PLATE!

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                  5.0

                  great strings

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                  from york,pa

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

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

                    good strings i have been using them for a few years.

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                    5.0

                    best strings ever

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                    from tucson az

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • None Better
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Time Any Guitar
                    • Concerts

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

                    have used many brands none better try them once you won't use any other brand ever

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