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DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings   

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Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46. Pure Blues electric guitar strings from DR Strings are designed with pure nickel wrap wire, roundwound upon round cores. Wh...Read More

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Rich tone and great sustain!

Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.
Pure Blues electric guitar strings from DR Strings are designed with pure nickel wrap wire, roundwound upon round cores. While this is a slow, expensive method of string making, it does produce a guitar string acclaimed for increased sustain, vintage tone, and great low tones for playing music from rhythm to lead. The extra step of winding pure nickel around a round core give Pure Blues strings a punch that players say they are surprised to get in a vintage electric guitar string. Sounds great on any guitar!


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DR StringsPHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.1

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

45%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

They Used to Be Better

My suspicion is that commodity prices for nickel and other metals have risen to the point that they're beginning to impact the quality and cost of guitar strings. I've noticed by checking reviews, that...Read complete review

My suspicion is that commodity prices for nickel and other metals have risen to the point that they're beginning to impact the quality and cost of guitar strings. I've noticed by checking reviews, that other brands and makes have been affected as well.
They sound good, but they used to sound better.
I've used this brand of strings since around 2001, and I agree with the other reviewer who said they used to be made better. Around five years ago, new sets started regularly having intonation problems with the D-string on just about any of my guitars they were installed on, especially vintage-style Stratocasters. Also, the outer wrap wire on the D-string gets eaten through more quickly by the frets and the contact points at the bridge.
They're cheap, but they used to be cheaper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

CHANGE IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD

I have used these strings for as many years as they have been out. Have had them on all my strats & les paul guitars since then. About a year or two ago,...Read complete review

I have used these strings for as many years as they have been out. Have had them on all my strats & les paul guitars since then. About a year or two ago, they changed their packaging. That was about the time the quality dropped. Used to be, when I first strung the guitars, you could immediately hear the great tone and clarity of these stings, most particularly, in the G, B, and E unwound strings. After the packaging change, the difference was like night and day. The unwound strings were noticibly duller sounding. I still used them over the course of the past year. I had noticed that I was breaking B strings on a regular basis, before the sets were done. I never break strings, so I checked out the saddles on all my guitars to make sure there were no burrs. Nope. Further along, I noticed that all the B strings broke about 1/4" away from the bridges. I don't even play down that close to the bridge. Recently, I have switched to another all nickel string brand. No more problems. I really don't care if DR sees this. I won't go back to them anyway. What I do hope is that other manufacturers learn a lesson from this.-SP

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3.0

Good Tone

By 

from Santa Barbara

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

    These strings, to my ears, are just OK and really not worth some of the hype that has been laid at their feet, IMO. I loaded my custom built American Stratocaster and PRS DGT guitars with these and I'm not blown away on any level. I'll leave them on till I feel it's time to change them out and go back to my regular strings: GHS Gilmore Boomers. Which I feel are a superior string all the way around and they're cheaper.

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    5.0

    great tone

    By 

    from st louis

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Great All Around String

      Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

      Great tone. Perfect for my tastes on my less Paul.

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      5.0

      Best Strings

      By 

      from Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

        Pure Nickle is the classic string. I use it for Rock, but it's great for Blues, Jazz, and Country. I've purchased other brands of strings and had problems with 2 or 3 strings being flat right out of the bag. I've never had any issues with DR, and they always sound great.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        First defective string I think I've ever

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        from Minnesota

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              Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

              I play blues and these strings came highly recommended by some of my blues playing friends. I bought two sets whcih was lucky for me, because the first set had a bad D string. It sounded like it was fretting out horribly at the 14th fret and the intonation was a mile off. It says inside the box that you should take a pliers and put a sharp bend in the string where it goes through the tuning peg in order to lock the winding to the core (or something like that). I guess my bend wasn't sharp enough.

              Even if it was my fualt I don't think I'll be buying such delicate strings again in the future.

              I swiped the D string out of my second set and now that I'm using them, I don't care for the sound - I like a brighter sounding string and these things are really dull. Of course that's purely a matter of personal taste.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't Waste Your Money!!!

              By 

              from Oceanside CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Breaks Easy
                • Cheap Materials
                • Horrible Balance
                • Not Consistent
                • Not Worth The Money
                • Poor Tone Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Cheap materials, and horrible sounding. These strings are very high tension and have a terrible inconsistent sound pack after pack. The strings are made differently every time and very inconsistent. I would not recommend these to anyone wanting a great string that is comfortable or that has a great sound. Don't waste your money on these they are very very cheap. They definitely look like they were made by hands instead of a machine :(

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                  5.0

                  Love that Sound!

                  By 

                  from Lufkin, TX

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                    Just put them on a standard telecaster last night. Sound great, love 'em! This is the first time I've used this brand and I think I made a great choice. I will definately purchase again. These strings produce a fantastic tone with great sustain...love that vintage sound. No complaints here!!!

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Disappointed

                    By 

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • Not Consistent
                    • Poor Tone Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I purchased a set of 9's based on a recommendation from my local music shop. They were easy to put on vintage tuners, but completely changed the tone of my strat. They sound a bit tinny, and they started to discolor after one practice session. I dont want to "dis" them because i have read a lot of positive reviews. They are just not for me.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      underwhelmed

                      By 

                      from St. Louis

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                            Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                            Bought these the other day and put them on a few hours before a gig. After 3 sets of blues/rock the wound strings are dead... The D string was the worst of the three having very noticable dents in the wrap. I've had other stings do this as well, but after several weeks of use.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Strings

                            By 

                            from MN

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                              These strings are really good. I mainly use 9's which are excellent also, but wanted to go up a guage higher. These never broke on me. I've had them in for 6 months now. The 9's broke on me a few times. Excellent blues strings. Try them.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Don't Hold Up to Tremolos

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                              from Middle of Nowhere

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                                    Comments about DR Strings PHR10 Pure Blues Nickel Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                                    This is my second set of DR Pure Blues. The first set I got for my fixed bridge G&L ASAT. They lasted fine but I sold the guitar soon after so I can say for sure. The tone was just what I was looking for so I bought another set for my Bigsby (with roller bridge) equipped ESP XTone. One gig and two practices later, two strings out of this set have broken... Right at the bridge. The hi E was dead by the end of the first gig. Won't be buying again.

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