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DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings   

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DRs EXTRA-Life Black Beauties offer guitar players a superior black coated string without sacrificing the crisp tone, clarity, and volume of traditio...Read More

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K3T Black Beauties coated electric guitar strings on hexagonal core.

DRs EXTRA-Life Black Beauties offer guitar players a superior black coated string without sacrificing the crisp tone, clarity, and volume of traditional DR HandMade Strings. EXTRA-Life is a super thin advanced .0003" coating on the plain electric guitar strings and on the wrap wire for added protection.

DR's remarkable, and proprietary, patent pending K3T Technology Coating is the first coating that makes no apologies and no excuses. Players say these strings have less unwanted overtones, more volume, great clarity and articulation than standard uncoated strings. Yet, they provide the same protection against corrosion due to humidity and perspiration as well as the increased tonal life coated strings have come to be known for.

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

FEATURES
  • Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46
  • The latest in coated technology for increased tonal life

Get extra life and improved playability from these black beauties. Order today.

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Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings

  • Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46
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DR StringsExtra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings
 
3.9

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cry-Babies!

I find it hard to believe that so many people blame evryone else for their problems, installed by a professional or not, usually when a new string breaks it's because of the way they...Read complete review

I find it hard to believe that so many people blame evryone else for their problems, installed by a professional or not, usually when a new string breaks it's because of the way they were installed! Thesed are really good strings and I have used a lot of others. Mostly I find these strings of very good quality, tightly wound, and the sound is not twangy at all on the high e string like some products. Over all very good strings, sound is good and yes even if you don't play that much, which I play every day, you should think about changing strings every month. If you didn't want to spend money on strings you shouldn't have picked an electric guitar for your instrument! Their is a cost to playing, especially if you like to bend strings all the time and play heavy metal. DR hand winds their strings by the way, check it out cry baby!

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Even at 50% off I feel like I paid too much.

Picked these up in a bargain bin the other day, they should have stayed there. I threw them on my esquire, thinking I'd try something new (usually stick with Ernie Ball Reg...Read complete review

Picked these up in a bargain bin the other day, they should have stayed there. I threw them on my esquire, thinking I'd try something new (usually stick with Ernie Ball Reg Slinky). The coating seems to suck away highs and leaves the instrument sounding muffled. Maybe for a jazzbox it would be good, but for a rip your face off esquire it's like putting a muzzle on it.

They don't bend very well at all, and that's when you can even get a grip on them, because your fingers just slip off sides of the strings. Which brings me to another issue, which is for strings that are so slippery across, sliding up and down the neck is terrible, as they have a strange tack that your fingers seem to stick to when you slide. After 2 hours or so of hard playing the coating is already mostly gone from the pickguard area.

I hate them, and they feel like I'm playing on plastic strings. I'd give them a 1/5 but I can see at least SOME use for them: Jazz, which I don't play.

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2.0

Even at 50% off I feel like I paid too much.

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from Upstate NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Hard to get a grip
    • Poor Tone Quality
    • Tacky slides

    Best Uses

      Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

      Picked these up in a bargain bin the other day, they should have stayed there. I threw them on my esquire, thinking I'd try something new (usually stick with Ernie Ball Reg Slinky). The coating seems to suck away highs and leaves the instrument sounding muffled. Maybe for a jazzbox it would be good, but for a rip your face off esquire it's like putting a muzzle on it.

      They don't bend very well at all, and that's when you can even get a grip on them, because your fingers just slip off sides of the strings. Which brings me to another issue, which is for strings that are so slippery across, sliding up and down the neck is terrible, as they have a strange tack that your fingers seem to stick to when you slide. After 2 hours or so of hard playing the coating is already mostly gone from the pickguard area.

      I hate them, and they feel like I'm playing on plastic strings. I'd give them a 1/5 but I can see at least SOME use for them: Jazz, which I don't play.

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      5.0

      spoken like a champion

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      from decatur, Tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

        I got exactly what I was told I would, I got my package in a timely manner. Just overall a great job in online communication. Thank you and I will be purchasing again

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        5.0

        Excellent Quality and Sound!

        By 

        from Wiggins, MS

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Looks Good On Guitar
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

          I have an Epiphone ES-335 Pro. Initially I took off the factory strings and replaced them with D'Addario Chromes 10-48. I replaced them with the Black Beauties. The difference in tone was amazing! The Chromes were too "bassy" for me. The black beauties have enough bass and enough treble to be a good balanced sound. These string have been on this guitar for about 3 months with no noticeable deterioration in coating or sound. They will be on all my hollow body guitars. Could not be happier, plus they look cool on the cherry finish guitar!

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          1.0

          Tone as lifeless as strings are black

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          from Vancouver

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Tone Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              After using Pure Blues on all my electrics I felt compelled to give the Black Beauties the ole college try on my Martin D-28. A major disappointment is about all I can say; the longevity of the strings are unremarkable for a product that boasts "extra life." Novelty item at best due to the black color of the product but nothing but dull, lifeless and utterly muddy tone.

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              (0 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Break easily

              By 

              from haha yeah right

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              Overall these strings are better for beginner guitarist.
              I got these strings for a Hohner acoustic guitar, which I'm using for a class and for general use, and the 1st string, or E string, broke a few days after I got them. I wouldn't recommend them, only because no strings should break 3 to 4 days after using them daily.. I would recommend D'Addario's or Martin.
              They were alright for quality, but the string broke.
              Nah.

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              4.0

              Jazzenth

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              from California

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              Overall, these are a quality product. Other reviewers may have had problems with them. My advice to beginners: learn how to properly string and set up a guitar. I have used them for more than a year and have had no problems what so ever.
              I love the feel of these strings. Since my main interest is jazz, these strings let the bright tones ring without the metalic twang you get from almost all steel round wound strings. Like another reviewer, I use these on a Carvin DC400 and they give a whole new dimension to playing a solid body guitar. On my Gibson L5, they sound brighter and add a bit more clarity than the flat wound strings I was using before.
              Since I play for more than a coulpe hours a day including night club gigs, these seem to last a bit longer that most as far as tone and clarity go. I have to change strings often so my experience may be different from those who don't play as much.
              They cost a bit more than most people like to pay but I think they are worth every penny.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Black beauties,red devils,hi-defs ....... DR's are good quality ......

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              from s.philly

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              All of the DR coated strings i have used sound,feel and play great .... Extended life,long lasting, are claims that seem misleading from any string manufacturer,personally i know that any strings that are used on my guitars are going to go thru heck and die within 2 weeks maybe 3 maximum depending on how many different guitars im torturing in that time period ..... All in all i dig the sound and love the feel of DR strings in general ..... Do i recommend them ? Yes,to everyone !!! A great value ? Not neccasarily,but i still pay for them ........... I use them more then any other strings,more for the way feel then any other reason .....

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BKE-10 Black Beauties Coated Electric Guitar Strings

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              from Mississippi

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              These are some of the best string I have ever used. They are very smooth and are easy to chord. The sound is incredible that you get from them. Very smooth sound.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Love Em' !!!

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              from California

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              I needed to replace my well worn strings on my Schecter Hellraiser. I asked a good friend of mine who has a very popular band what stings he recommended. He told me he used DR blues strings. When I went to purchase them, I noticed the Black Beauties. I thought they would look better on my red flame top.
              I expected a little quality increase over my old strings, but was I ever surprised! I could not believe how bright and clear the new strings sounded! It was like I bought a whole new guitar. The black does wear off at the point of pick contact, but other than that, they look killer on my rig and I couldn't have asked for better tone. Will definantly purchase again!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great strings!

              By 

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              These strings are great. Even the heavier guage bend easily. The sounds is awesome. They are lightning fast. If you want great sounding strings drop your EBs kick out a little extra cash to make your guitar sound the way it was meant to sound.

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