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Dean Markley 2556 Blue Steel Gauge Electric Guitar Strings

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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
 
4.6

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Long life (20)
  • Consistent (19)
  • Well built / quality (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Concerts (14)
  • Back-up (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (5), 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.

VS

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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful and bright,christal, and chimey sounding!!

By cUpBsrmjO

from Undisclosed

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

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only strings I've used for years

By Jim

from Bonney Lake, WA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I've used blue steels for well over a decade. I've recently tried D'Addarios and they can't compare. The blue steels are the toughest and best sounding strings for their price. They strobe accurately, stay in tune, sound great clean or distorted, and last for a long time. I have a bad habit of not changing strings often enough, but the blue steels allow me to do this.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best strings for me.

      By AngolaJonno

      from Indiana

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

      Guitar strings are like picks. They all serve the same purpose, but you need to take time to find the one that best suites you and your style of playing. I have used just about every brand of strings out there while working for my local music store. These Blue Steels have a well balanced tone with a bright cutting top end. For me thats perfect. I play Hard rock with a lot of leads and pinch harmonics so i need a string that can have that "edge" on the top end without comprimising the bottom end. These do just that. They also have a longer life than any GHS, Ernie Ball, or D'Addario i have ever used. They dont last as long as Elixir, but you lose that "life" in your tone with Elixirs. So if you play any harder style from aggressive blues to metal, to lead heavy country, these will work very well. If you need a mellow smooth sounding jazz string, look elswhere. So experiment!!! Try as many strings as you can. These are great for me, but maybe not everybody. These strings are all I use on my Les Pauls. Try them!

      (2 of 5 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

        (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.

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Cryo chamber

          By Gox

          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!

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best strings ever

              By Seth-gYhd4

              from Dayton, NV

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

              If you burn throught strings & don't want to buy rediculusly expencive coated strings. These are what you need.

              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              ehhh...

              By twanger--T3.t

              from 3rd rock from the sun

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

              Not sure I like these strings. They seem incredibly difficult to keep in tune, needed substancial initial stretching, threw my intonation off quite a bit, and the low E sounds flat, even worse @ the 12th fret. Not convinced that they are what they were advertised to be. I don't think I will buy them again.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unsurpassed in sound quality and endurance!

              By Larry

              from Florida

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

              Probably, I've tried most of the guitar strings available on the market, and I keep coming back to these. They exhibit a clear bell-like chime that I think improves the sound of any guitar strung with them. I play two different Strats and a Tele, and all of them sound great with these babies! Wipe them down after playing, and they'll stand up to months of daily use. Best of all, they're no more expensive than any other premium guitar strings. They have my highest endorsement! Try them, you'll like them.

              (1 of 8 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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great strings

                  By chicken

                  from kansas city

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Keeps That "new" Sound
                  • Long Life
                  • Stay In tune
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  I use this brand of strings for guitar and bass. Dean Markley makes the best strings period! I have tried almost every brand in the last 20 years, and have used these for 8 of those. Great price, killer tone, and there longevity is superior.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  best strings that I've found yet.

                  By Robb

                  from Louisiana

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

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

                    I've been playing for about 20 years now and I have finally found the "perfect" strings for me. I'm on a budget and these last FOREVER; they maintain their tone and strength day after day. They aren't that expensive and you get more than what you pay for. If you are on a budget and looking for great strings then look no further; the only issue for you is what gauge to use.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The best strings for 20 years

                    By William Wendland

                    from USA

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Guitar Strings
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Abusing
                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Tremelo
                    • Whammy

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

                    I've been using these Blue Steel for as long as I can remember, maybe 20+ years. can't be sure.

                    I've been playing for 28 years, mostly metal. I write music, involved in home recording, I do a lot of Bending, and tremelo. I do keep my strings clean, I wipe them with a micro-fiber cloth and sprayed with cottonseed oil. I use .10's and last at least a year across 3-6 guitars, I currently use only 3, but will have up to 6 at a time. I'm known have very greasy, grimmy hands. but these strings last, and take abuse.

                    For those that say they break, either they dont clean them, or they just don't know how to take care of them, maybe need to learn how to string a guitar properly. I'll be honest most strings are the same. But I like these they seem to last alot longer then other brands.

                    I've used them all, 28 years of trying the usuall, and these are the best.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    DM Blue Steel

                    By MagickNinja

                    from Boise, ID

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

                    I've been a guitarist for 16+ years. I've been using these strings for the last 4 years. I absolutely love them. I mostly play metal, some blues and rock. I don't know about other people saying they go flat after a week. I've used these strings on my Kelly for a month or more at a time. With any string, you should always wipe down your strings, neck and bridge to get rid of the sweat from your hands. I always use fret ease before I play to clean them. They sound very bright and have great sustain. I can whammy all day and never had one break on me. Even when I change them they are still "OK" but like any other string, after some time (about a month of everyday playing) they need changed. Only strings I use.

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Hmmm...

                    By Jack_Bauer

                    from Columbus, OH

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

                    Well i bought these strings from other reviews i found and a local newspaper said that they were incradibly hard to break. Someone lied. I played these strings on a Mexican Fender Strat and within the first week i broke two strings, the 1st and the 2nd. Beware...

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    incredible

                    By aman-CF_Ej

                    from New York City, NY

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

                    I had these strings for a long time. So I switched to d'addario for a while and what a big mistake that was, blue steel is the best strings I have ever used. Do not buy any other guitar string except for blues steel, its amazing in tone and quality.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good with humbuckers

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

                    I normally play a Strat, and use Slinkys. Just got a Les Paul with '57 humbuckers, and tried the Blue Steels. Very nice pairing. I like the articulate brightness. Balances the humbucker's tendency to muddy-ness. Haven't tried these on my Strat, but I suspect they might be too bright there, with the hot-wound single coils.

                     
                    5.0

                    Buy again

                    By Rocky

                    from San Antonio

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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:

                      Very good strings for a good price.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Got here on time

                       
                      5.0

                      Buy again

                      By Rocky

                      from San Antonio

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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:

                        Very good strings for the price

                         
                        5.0

                        Buy again

                        By Rocky

                        from San Antonio

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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:

                          Very pleased with guality for the price

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