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DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings 

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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 9-11-16-24-32-42.

FEATURES
  • Gauges 9-11-16-24-32-42
  • 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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DR StringsExtra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings
 
3.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bought a second set

A couple months ago a 3rd consecutive set of Markleys let me down. Time to try something different. Enter these novel color-coated strings. I'd never heard of them in my 30 years of...Read complete review

A couple months ago a 3rd consecutive set of Markleys let me down. Time to try something different. Enter these novel color-coated strings. I'd never heard of them in my 30 years of playing and almost passed them over, but I couldn't help but want to see what peacock blue strings would look like on an all black Epi Les Paul. I left the shop with 3 varied sets of medium gauge (10-46). I'm not a heavy player; a couple hours several times a week is all I can find time for. I do expect them to stay in tune, keep at least 75% of their original tone and brilliance for months at a time. That first set of DR's has held up so well that I went and bought a second set just yesterday. Yes, some of the coating has worn off, especially over the pickups, at the bridge, and in the first few frets. Strings break. Tune-O-matics IMO are the worst about this, but so far, this set is holding up nicely. Ref: Med Ga., .010 - .046 Tortex .88 (green) picks Standard 440 A tuning on 24 1/4" scale neck strings/neck are cleaned after playing aprox 10 weeks at full tension instument is stored indoors, open-air on a stand

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I gave up on these

It's shameful how the quality of these strings decreased over the years. They used to be very smooth and durable. Now, the coating feels damaged before you even put them on your guitar....Read complete review

It's shameful how the quality of these strings decreased over the years. They used to be very smooth and durable. Now, the coating feels damaged before you even put them on your guitar. I've broken two strings in the past two weeks. I've been playing for more than 15 years, and it's extremely rare when I break a string. I contacted DR, looking for an explanation for a drop in quality, and they didn't reply. Apparently, they do not care about retaining long-time customers. I'll never buy from them again.

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3.0

Decent strings

By BurninU

from North Carolina

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    I will go with another brand next time.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I gave up on these

    By osscg

    from TN

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    It's shameful how the quality of these strings decreased over the years. They used to be very smooth and durable. Now, the coating feels damaged before you even put them on your guitar. I've broken two strings in the past two weeks. I've been playing for more than 15 years, and it's extremely rare when I break a string. I contacted DR, looking for an explanation for a drop in quality, and they didn't reply. Apparently, they do not care about retaining long-time customers. I'll never buy from them again.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    DR Black Breakies

    By The Reviewer-nvbYP

    from US

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    I had just put these on my new Ibanez Hollowbody, as I was cutting the extra ends off at the tuning pegs, to my dismay, I heard a *PLUNK*. My 1st string was gone, broken after 45 minutes of being on the guitar. Definitely not worth the money I paid for them. Try Elixers, now those are some good strings.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good for E Standard but not for Drop C at all

    By ThrashMetalBrandon

    from Ridgely, MD

    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    I bought these strings for my guitar I play in E back in Decemeber of 2009. They lasted up until June of 2010 with only breaking the Low E and B strings. Because I thought they were so great I decided to give 'em a shot on my Ibanez I use for Drop C. Within the first day of playing it the High E string snapped on me! So I recommend you use the DR Black Beautie BKE-9s for only E Standard tuning.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    NOT AGAIN

    By codex

    from summerville, sc

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    Wanted to tries these out, got them in the bke-12 slaped them on and my High E and my G string both broke with in the first 10 mins of playing... i figured i didnt take the extra time to stretch them in properly becasue of the extra coating.. so i bought a second set to give them a chance.. while installing, bend the left over string down and it snapped with barly any pressure.. will not buy these again.. i shouldnt have to be genetal on some aggressive strings...

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Entire set broke after one week..

    By Anon-YEp-V

    from Canada

    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    My entire set broke after less than one week, and i barely even used them!! i ended up switvhing them with ernies!! BUYER BEWARE!! The bass strings version of these are WAY better.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    B string broke after less than a month

    By James5v

    from Louisiana

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    Understood these strings were supposed to last a long time. I play about 3 times a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Regular usually last me about a month and seldom do I break a string while playing. I do not play hard and have a locking tuner and graphite bridge. Today after less than a month the B string broke while performing.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bought a second set

    By tameddragon

    from Iowa

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    A couple months ago a 3rd consecutive set of Markleys let me down. Time to try something different. Enter these novel color-coated strings. I'd never heard of them in my 30 years of playing and almost passed them over, but I couldn't help but want to see what peacock blue strings would look like on an all black Epi Les Paul. I left the shop with 3 varied sets of medium gauge (10-46). I'm not a heavy player; a couple hours several times a week is all I can find time for. I do expect them to stay in tune, keep at least 75% of their original tone and brilliance for months at a time. That first set of DR's has held up so well that I went and bought a second set just yesterday. Yes, some of the coating has worn off, especially over the pickups, at the bridge, and in the first few frets. Strings break. Tune-O-matics IMO are the worst about this, but so far, this set is holding up nicely. Ref: Med Ga., .010 - .046 Tortex .88 (green) picks Standard 440 A tuning on 24 1/4" scale neck strings/neck are cleaned after playing aprox 10 weeks at full tension instument is stored indoors, open-air on a stand

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Broke on the 2nd day of playing

    By WHYYYY!!!!!

    from KCMO

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    I purchased these strings for a little difference in my sound and wanted a different feel, all I got was in the middle of a lesson I was teaching a broken B string as I do a full bend, horrible! That night I reaplaced the B and was playing a crummy old A major chord and broke the G string on playing a OPEN POSITION CHORD. Never buy these strings, that sound great, play even better but break

     
    5.0

    pretty good strings.

    By Stormbringer

    from San Antonio, TX

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    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-9 Black Beauties Lite Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    i tried these strings out because I heard people talking about them. I have to say they are pretty good. I have had them on my guitar for about 4 months and I still am impressed. I play anywhere from 1-4 hours everyday and they havent let me down yet, I really like the feel of them. They look really cool with the black finish, but after about an hour of playing, it will be worn off, and now there is very little black finish left on the strings at all, but I still think it's worth it.

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