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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
 
4.2

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Long life (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (8)

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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(4 of 6 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 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 1 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

      About Me Novice

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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

      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 6 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!

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