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DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings

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Gauge 11-14-18-28-38-50. 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!

Gauge 11-14-18-28-38-50.

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 StringsPHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

VINTAGE, BABY!

Recently (about 2-3 months ago) I was reading bout 'pure nickel' strings and was very interested (considering I'm old school and love, not only hard rock (Guns n' Roses),...Read complete review

Recently (about 2-3 months ago) I was reading bout 'pure nickel' strings and was very interested (considering I'm old school and love, not only hard rock (Guns n' Roses), but I love blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan style)). The guy at the shop suggested DR pure blues. I've been playing guitar for over 8 years, and it's not a 'hobby' for me, it's my LIFE. Let me tell you, these string are BEAUTIFUL! Over the years I've tried all sort of string, D'addario's (obviously), gibson, ernie ball, GHS boomers, you name it, and NONE compare to these. I perfer Cleartone's on my jackson (because of the very clean, high-pitch sound I got from the 9-42 gauge), but for my old school Washburn, nothing will touch them except DR pure blues. I actually wanted the extra heavy guage (12- 56 I think) but they didn't have them so I went with the 11's, with no disappointment. I plan on getting 12's next time, if they have them, but either way, I'm getting DR pure blues because I love these string. And I haven't changed them yet and they still sound great! and I play every day, and I rock long and hard, but these string deff endure the pain and keep rockin! I LOVE 'EM!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not buy again

1st string broke the first time I went to play

1st string broke the first time I went to play

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VINTAGE, BABY!

By SaulHudson420

from Syracuse, NY

Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

Recently (about 2-3 months ago) I was reading bout 'pure nickel' strings and was very interested (considering I'm old school and love, not only hard rock (Guns n' Roses), but I love blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan style)). The guy at the shop suggested DR pure blues. I've been playing guitar for over 8 years, and it's not a 'hobby' for me, it's my LIFE. Let me tell you, these string are BEAUTIFUL! Over the years I've tried all sort of string, D'addario's (obviously), gibson, ernie ball, GHS boomers, you name it, and NONE compare to these. I perfer Cleartone's on my jackson (because of the very clean, high-pitch sound I got from the 9-42 gauge), but for my old school Washburn, nothing will touch them except DR pure blues. I actually wanted the extra heavy guage (12- 56 I think) but they didn't have them so I went with the 11's, with no disappointment. I plan on getting 12's next time, if they have them, but either way, I'm getting DR pure blues because I love these string. And I haven't changed them yet and they still sound great! and I play every day, and I rock long and hard, but these string deff endure the pain and keep rockin! I LOVE 'EM!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Have never let me down.

By Zac Browns Twin

from San Leandro, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

      I have been playing guitar for 20 years or so playing many different styles of music from country, ska, rock, reggae, blues, surf, and the list goes on. I started using these strings about 9 years ago on my strat and loved them. I put them on set my tuning and let the guitar sit for a couple of days. When I came back the guitar was in tune and ready to play. I have never had a problem of strings drifting out of tune and never had a problem of strings breaking. I have now switched all of my guitars( 15 electrics, 3 six string acoustics and 3 twelve string acoustics ) over to the DR brand. A couple of my guitars don't get a lot of play but the tone is still good even sitting for 6 months in a case. You can pick it up and it is ready to go. Anyone that asks me about string I tell them to check these out just like the girl at music store told me 9 years ago.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best strings, period.

      By TeleBum

      from Colorado

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      Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

      I accidentally stumbled upon these strings at a pawn shop when they had nothing else and I needed strangs bad. Lucky me, because these are the best strings out there, period. They last a long time, they are easy to play, and they sound so much better than any other string. If you are new to the guitar and have no idea what is going on with strings, just get these and call it a day.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Feel

      By profant

      from winston-salem, nc

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Great Feel
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Short life

      Best Uses

      • Blues
      • Concerts
      • Jazz

      Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

      I love these strings. They are heavy strings, but are pretty supple. They have a really nice tone from treble to bass. I would only complain about the life. They lose the great tone definitely after a month. But I also play everyday for quite a while.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Strings

      By tpc1

      from atlanta

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        Good strings. Nothing remarkable about them, but good tone, good feel, long life (if you keep them clean). DR makes a solid product

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Phenomenal

        By Tyler-5M7HH

        from Worcester, MA

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        I was a GHS Boomer user for about two years and had these recommended to me by my local shop. Let me tell you. There is so much more tone in these strings than the GHS'. I have tried most of the big players...Ernie Ball, GHS, Gibson, and D'Addario, and found all of them to be rather lacking. For those D'Addario users, I can only say one thing. These strings have a fatter tone and it lasts a heck of a lot longer. Well worth it...for all styles of music

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WoW!

        By Blueslover76-32R6D

        from Michigan

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        Wow, I mean really. Wow. I just tried these after years of using GHS strings and I'm in love! Wow, that's all I can say.

        (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sounded alright 'til they kept breakin'...

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        I used to use GHS Boomers until I got my guitar set up one time and I decided to try these. When I first played 'em, I was thrilled, as the tone is MUCH better than Boomers, much warmer. I did notice that the wound strings were considerably harder to fret and bend then Boomers, but I realized that two of them, the 4th and the 5th, were two gauges above the Boomer equivalents. Little did I know they were actually 3 gauges above. Eventually, I started breaking the same string over and over, the 4th (28). Now I know this is slighty attributable to my playing style. But I was wasting lots o' moolah on broken strings. So I decided to try something else, in this case the only other "pure nickel" strings my local store had, Fender 150 M's. At least they didn't break as much. As for the DR's, I've been doing some research, and I believe I know what made them so prone to breaking. Ya see, DR's are "round-core" strings, ie the core is actually shaped like a circle, as opposed to the common "hex-core". And to make them, they use what they call "compression winding". In this design, what you start out with is less than what you get, so they say. But they're wrong. You simply cannot make a string with more wire and expect to get something that, as they say, has a better feel and is easier to bend. It's illogical. That is the end of my rant on strings. Hope it helped.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pure nickel - different sound/feel

        By Roy-EpChu

        from Indianapolis, IN

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        I was surprised the difference in the sound and feel of these DR pure nickel strings on my Les Paul. I think they do sound a bit warmer and more clear than the steel and nickel wrapped strings I was using before. The pure nickel do seem to have a little bit less out put, but the sound makes up for it. They also have a nice feel and last a good while. I'm sticking with them.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The DR PURE BLUES strings makes my guitar wonderfully addictive.

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        There are nothing wrong with these strings.
        On my Fender Stratocaster, I would change my standard tuning often from an E to an E-flat or to a D, without having to readjust the guitar neck by purchasing DR PURE BLUES 10's, 11's, or 12's at Musician's Friend. Then I would purchase individual strings, so that I could customise my own set for my playing style. For an explample on an E-flat standard tuning:
        (.11), (.13), (.17), (.28),(.38),(.52). I've just change only the 2nd, 3rd, and beef up the 6th string and still have the DR PURE BLUES pure nickel round core from the same manufacture.
        The remaing three strings from the set of 11's, will be used as spare for the other sets.
        Hey I'm madly in love with DR PURE BLUES guitar strings. I even like using the 9's as well for my other guitars.
        They are an ideal quality.
        Great value and always afordable.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best strings, period.

        By TeleBum

        from Colorado

        See all my reviews

        Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

        I accidentally stumbled upon these strings at a pawn shop when they had nothing else and I needed strangs bad. Lucky me, because these are the best strings out there, period. They last a long time, they are easy to play, and they sound so much better than any other string.

         
        5.0

        My go to strings every time

        By njp1185

        from Philadelphia Pa

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

          I use DR Pure Blues for most my guitars. Normally I would not write a review for strings considering that it all depends on the player, but these are the most consistent strings I've ever used. The last comment about the 1st high e string breaking is irrelevant. Sometimes you get a bad batch and this happens with every brand. Your guitar may not be set up correctly or you simply stretch the string too much. The feel of these are unmatched. Pure nickel strings have a more mellow tone than Nickel plated strings which I like given I like low output pickups and these are just the right strings for me. The round core gives the heavier gauged strings a more balanced feeling whith great sustain and intonation. Whether you use single coil or humbuckers these sound great for any genre and guitar.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          I would not buy again

          By Moe

          from Phoenix

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

              Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

              1st string broke the first time I went to play

               
              5.0

              How can you go wrong with DR Pure Nickle strings?

              By Dr. Puro

              from Santa Fe, NM

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Getting down hard!

                Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                DR Pure Nickle... Can't beat 'em!

                 
                5.0

                pure blues

                By zeke

                from Florida

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                  these string sounds great , rich tones constant playing. After you break then in , they stay in tune .

                   
                  5.0

                  Review

                  By Jay-hWivB

                  from Chapel Hill, NC

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                  Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                  The tone is complex and deep yet snappy. You can put these on right before cutting a track or getting onstage and they sound perfect: balanced, singing, rich and not too bright! I use a Les Paul, Telecaster, and a Strat and they all work well with the tension of the Pure Blues Nickel strings.

                   
                  5.0

                  Strings Matter

                  By ShelbySmoak

                  from Chapel Hill, NC

                  Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I used to think strings didn't matter, but boy was I wrong. These strings feel much better under my fingers, which means I play better. Also, they have greater sustain than the XLs I used for years. And they don't develop that rusty feeling of old strings. Worth the money. I play a Gibson SG through a Vox AC30 it that matters.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing strings!

                  By Vtastic_15

                  from Georgia

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                  Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I previously used Ernie Ball Power Slinky-gauged strings, and they broke a little bit too soon for my tastes (a different string every 2 weeks). I went to a local music shop and told them this, and the cashier recommended I try these strings. These strings definitely sound brighter than the Ernie Balls, but the change in tone is only very slight. They feel a lot more comfortable to fret, as well. And, best of all, I've had these strings for a month now and they show no signs of breaking now. Buy these strings!

                   
                  5.0

                  Snappy!

                  By Wooooooo

                  from South Dakota

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                  Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've heard many reviews and claims on these strings that they're very mellow for blues/jazz styles. After I purchased a couple packs I was hesitant because I play some pretty heavy rock and I like a sharp attack to my strings. I generally use D'Addario (still do) but I decided to try a set of these 11-50s on my Telecaster and the first thing I noticed right off is the snappy tone. It's very bright, has a lot of attack, and yes I must say it again...it has lots of "SNAP". Absolutely great on distortion and cleans are more pronounced. I have not tried these on any other guitar but I will say on a Telecaster it works pretty good. Probably not good enough to make me give up my D'addarios (price vs quality is bar none) but these DRs make a very nice alternative. Try out the Tite-Fits if you get a chance, too. They were my main string until I switched to D'Adds.

                   
                  5.0

                  Best strings I've ever played

                  By M.C. Sarbanes-Oxalot

                  from United States

                  Comments about DR Strings PHR11 Pure Blues Nickel Heavy Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Seven or eight years ago a friend recommended DR strings to me and I gave a few of their sets a try. The DR 11-gauge Pure Blues are simply the best strings I've ever played. They stand up to hours and hours of hard double-picking, strumming, bends, and whammying, and they break and lose their brightness much more slowly than other strings I've played. I've compared them to other manufacturers' 11-gauge nickel strings and they still dominate the market for me. I've also tried the 10-gauge set in this same line and to me they sound thin and pale compared to the 11s. I'd go even heavier, but my guitars don't intonate with anything heavier than these.(I give a 4 for features because these are pretty standard in construction -- DR makes some claims about "compression winding" but these are pretty much just round-wound round-core ball-end guitar strings.)

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