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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.3

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Long life (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (9)

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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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

CHANGE IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD

By StratMasterSP

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

They Used to Be Better

By allesredukt

from Alabama

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

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't Hold Up to Tremolos

By Tod Moses

from Barre, VT

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great strings for some guitars

By VJ

from Black Hills, SD

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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:

    I have been playing electric guitar since 1967. Pure nickel , with round core this is the way to go if you need a vintage sound, not SO TWANGY ! I put these on my 67 tele , these strings take away some of that "HEY DUDE That's TOO BRIGHT'' IF, you want a mellower electric guitar sound, fuller, thicker, not so bright ! with way less finger squeak , try these. Please allow strings 24 hours to really stretch in before making a comment, or forming an opinion.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    underwhelmed

    By brad89j

    from St. Louis

    About Me Professional Musician

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Strings

    By JMBW Vintage

    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.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best strings everrrr

      By Strat_Guy7

      from Down South

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      Pros

      • Bends Easy
      • Consistent
      • Feels great
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        These strings are just.......AMAZINGGGG!!!!! I love the tone the strings bend with little effort....the feel better than any other string i have played in my opinion. And they aren't the most expensive strings out there.....get DRRRRRR'sssss!!!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big improvement.

        By ToneRanger58

        from Morgantown, WV

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

        I am really impressed by the improvement these strings bring to my guitar's sound, and agree with the claims for better string balance, and increased sustain. I can feel my telecaster resonating much better with this string change. The volume definitely increased with a beefier tone. It's now a fuller bodied sound across the guitar's range without any muddiness. When I bend strings it's much more musical with more of a singing quality now. Maybe it's some sort of nickel mojo formula that works.
        What I actually bought these strings for was to help lower the string tension, which they improved once they were quickly broken in. They are much easier to bend than the previous brand. This really helps with hand fatigue. These cost slightly more than the previous brands I've used, but offer a big benefit to cost ratio. If they are durable I'll convert all my electric guitars to this brand. Big rewards for a small risk.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pure nickel round core strings rule.

        By Tenementrock-aN7he

        from New York City

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

        Until I started playing DR strings (on both my electrics and acoustics) I didn't really give much thought to guitar strings. Now I am a devotee of DR strings.The main difference at work here are the round cores, which both sound and feel way different from conventional hex cores, which dominate the guitar string market nowadays. People, not nearly enough is said about this major distinction! I've been playing guitar for most of my life, and when I started playing round cores about five years ago it was an awakening.Suddenly my guitars were sounding warmer, more melodious and altogether more musical. They played better too. Round core strings are easier to fret, bend and shake. They are altogether more responsive to your playing.I have been banging on the same set of Pure Blues on my beloved Gibson SG for over a year. It took me a while to get used to the calmer, less brassy sound of pure nickel, but by now I'm all in. The tone is so nice that a lot of times I don't even bother to plug in. Maybe the best thing I can say about these strings is that they've helped me to discover my true tone and musicality. :o

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DR strings are the best!

        By Brother Roy

        from Kansas

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

        A longer string life, a brighter tone in my opinion. I've changed all 20 of my guitars over to them. Solid body, semi hollow, or fully hollow these strings deliver the bite you need.
        Handmade, pure nickel strings. Vintage tone at a reasonable price. Increased string life.
        I rate them at a 10. I changed over from Gibson Vintage strings, they just didn't seem to last. The DR strings are made to bend.
        Part of the reason I changed over was a better string at a lower price point than Gibson's.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Disappointing!

        By adosmond

        from Los Angeles CA

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

        I read forums, Musicians Friend reviews, and consulted my guitar tech; they all said DR Strings were the best strings on the market. Apparently, none of them used DR Strings!However, these strings do not last! I bought three pairs to re-string my guitars. All sets broke in some way within a week. A common problem I had was that the wound would become undone at the nut, and after a few bends. Something that really annoyed me was the breaking of my B string with String Saver saddles. My E string also broke mid-bend at the ball-end. I'm just happy that I didn't play a show in that week!It's a shame..they sounded amazing!

        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Warning

        By Swirygig

        from Belleville, IL

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

        Hey, read this before you buy. I just put these on my les paul with p90s, tone sounds great, not bright, but warm and mellow. But then the trouble started. The D string started to buzz everywhere, sometimes the A and E also. After spending 60 bucks on a professional to set up the guitar he said there is nothing wrong with the guitar, its the strings. I got 3 other sets and put them on three other guitars and guess what, same damn thing. I don't know how they did it but they make strings that consistently suck with fret buzz, true story. Pure nickel is the tone I want but not from these guys, TRY SOME OTHER BRAND, TRUST ME!

         
        5.0

        I recommend these strings. Awesome sustain.

        By Musicianman

        from Dahlonega, GA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Great sound and sustain. Good price too. I would definitely recommend to a friend. Love the blues DR strings!

           
          5.0

          New Favorite Strings

          By Jurgen

          from Hillsboro, OR

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Great strings! Round steel core, pure nickel winds, really nice musical sound. Just remember to tune them to pitch before trimming any excess string length. I am probably switching to these as my go-to. Give 'em a shot if you like warm, but well-articulated blues and classic rock tones.

               
              5.0

              The best strings ever

              By Tom brown

              from Windsor ct

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              Pros

              • Best tone ever

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                These guitar strings are about the best strings
                I have ysed in thirty years.

                For Hearst off when you buy a Nickel coded strings with the steel core you put them on the guitar then you tune them up
                And stretch and stretch and stretch for days on end

                And what you're doing when you're doing all the stretching is your degrading the string and ruining, destroying the longevity of the string.

                Then the tone of those strings flatten out very quickly and resonate less.

                When you put these strings on you stretch them the next day you tune it again once and maybe once more , And they are good.

                They sound awesome and flatten out bright guitars.

                And something else it's a proven fact that nickel strings wear frets out less than steel core strings

                Its a no brainer my friends, try them .

                Cheers

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You've tried the rest now try the best.

                By Clive

                from Wales

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong
                • Well Made

                Cons

                • No Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                Superb Strings.

                 
                5.0

                Great Tone from These Strings.

                By Hank

                from Seattle, Wa.

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Good value

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

                  I play blues mostly and I love the tone I get from these strings. They are reasonably priced as well.

                   
                  5.0

                  Not just for blues.

                  By Pazuzu

                  from Dallas, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Good​ feel​
                  • Good Tone
                  • Longer life
                  • More​ consistent​ tone
                  • Stable tuning​

                  Cons

                  • Slightly​ blunt sounding​ unwound​ strings

                  Best Uses

                  • Anything

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

                  As my title said, these aren't just for blues. My genre is primarily 80s and 90s black metal. I have several guitars that sounded too bright and tinny with my preferred amp settings (a good amount of treble included). These helped warm up the guitars and helped me get the old school, filthy, gritty Norwegian sound (think Darkthrone) I've been looking for, along with swapping to Alnico V magnets.

                  I've always hated the tinny sound of new strings. Turns out the problem was that I was using nickel plated strings. Switching to pure nickel strings, I can get more of a worn-in tone right from the start, and the sound stays more consistent. The round core strings seem easier on my fretting fingers too.

                  These strings have excellent clarity, which is vital for me since black metal often includes 6 string chords with lots of gain. The relatively blunt sound of the unwound strings helps make the chords sound balanced, without the higher pitches dominating. Some people will hate the duller unwounds.

                  Also, these things last forever.

                   
                  4.0

                  yes i would buy again

                  By ron

                  from amarillo tx

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easy

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup

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

                  broke 3 high e's out of each new pack but MF replaced them

                   
                  5.0

                  yes would buy again!

                  By ron

                  from amarillo tx

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

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

                    Always on my guitars!

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