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DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings

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DRs EXTRA-Life Black Beauties offer guitar players a superior black coated string without sacrificing the crisp tone, clarity, and volume of traditio...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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FEATURES
  • Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46
  • The latest in coated technology for increased tonal life
  • Black precoated wire for fast and smooth fingering

Get extra life and improved playability from these black beauties. Order today.

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DR StringsExtra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings
 
3.9

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (8)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Long life (6)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Black Beauties

Having been a fan of many other DR String series (Pure Blues, Hi-Beam, Tite-Fit, Sunbeam) for years, I decided to try out their coated strings. Coated strings seem to have all...Read complete review

Having been a fan of many other DR String series (Pure Blues, Hi-Beam, Tite-Fit, Sunbeam) for years, I decided to try out their coated strings. Coated strings seem to have all of the answers for a guitar player who is a) busy, b) acidic, and c) sick of dead strings. Problem is, many times the "coating" sacrifices tone, playability, and feel.DR's Extra Life strings impressed me. The back of the box tells me I won't be spared of tone or playability. They were right. And the strings DO feel different, but in a good way. They seem to "grip" your fingers while retaining a certain slickness. It's very different really - not for everyone mind you, but I like them. Bending ability is terrific, the sponginess/bounciness is there, and to top it off they look sharp on my Schecter C1+. The tone is signature DR - clear, responsive, harmonically rich. I highly recommend DR Extra Life strings. I'll be putting a set on my Strat soon, hopefully.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Even at 50% off I feel like I paid too much.

Picked these up in a bargain bin the other day, they should have stayed there. I threw them on my esquire, thinking I'd try something new (usually stick with Ernie Ball Reg...Read complete review

Picked these up in a bargain bin the other day, they should have stayed there. I threw them on my esquire, thinking I'd try something new (usually stick with Ernie Ball Reg Slinky). The coating seems to suck away highs and leaves the instrument sounding muffled. Maybe for a jazzbox it would be good, but for a rip your face off esquire it's like putting a muzzle on it.

They don't bend very well at all, and that's when you can even get a grip on them, because your fingers just slip off sides of the strings. Which brings me to another issue, which is for strings that are so slippery across, sliding up and down the neck is terrible, as they have a strange tack that your fingers seem to stick to when you slide. After 2 hours or so of hard playing the coating is already mostly gone from the pickguard area.

I hate them, and they feel like I'm playing on plastic strings. I'd give them a 1/5 but I can see at least SOME use for them: Jazz, which I don't play.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cry-Babies!

By experienced-gqndR

from Small town Oregon

Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

I find it hard to believe that so many people blame evryone else for their problems, installed by a professional or not, usually when a new string breaks it's because of the way they were installed! Thesed are really good strings and I have used a lot of others. Mostly I find these strings of very good quality, tightly wound, and the sound is not twangy at all on the high e string like some products. Over all very good strings, sound is good and yes even if you don't play that much, which I play every day, you should think about changing strings every month. If you didn't want to spend money on strings you shouldn't have picked an electric guitar for your instrument! Their is a cost to playing, especially if you like to bend strings all the time and play heavy metal. DR hand winds their strings by the way, check it out cry baby!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Love Em' !!!

By Neal Emery

from California

Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

I needed to replace my well worn strings on my Schecter Hellraiser. I asked a good friend of mine who has a very popular band what stings he recommended. He told me he used DR blues strings. When I went to purchase them, I noticed the Black Beauties. I thought they would look better on my red flame top.
I expected a little quality increase over my old strings, but was I ever surprised! I could not believe how bright and clear the new strings sounded! It was like I bought a whole new guitar. The black does wear off at the point of pick contact, but other than that, they look killer on my rig and I couldn't have asked for better tone. Will definantly purchase again!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Black Beauties

By Wooooooo

from South Dakota

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Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

Having been a fan of many other DR String series (Pure Blues, Hi-Beam, Tite-Fit, Sunbeam) for years, I decided to try out their coated strings. Coated strings seem to have all of the answers for a guitar player who is a) busy, b) acidic, and c) sick of dead strings. Problem is, many times the "coating" sacrifices tone, playability, and feel.DR's Extra Life strings impressed me. The back of the box tells me I won't be spared of tone or playability. They were right. And the strings DO feel different, but in a good way. They seem to "grip" your fingers while retaining a certain slickness. It's very different really - not for everyone mind you, but I like them. Bending ability is terrific, the sponginess/bounciness is there, and to top it off they look sharp on my Schecter C1+. The tone is signature DR - clear, responsive, harmonically rich. I highly recommend DR Extra Life strings. I'll be putting a set on my Strat soon, hopefully.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BKE-10 Black Beauties Coated Electric Guitar Strings

By William McKissick

from Mississippi

Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

These are some of the best string I have ever used. They are very smooth and are easy to chord. The sound is incredible that you get from them. Very smooth sound.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Death of Elixers

By Kerux

from Bend, OR

Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

These are the best strings I've ever used hands down. Elixers always break too fast, and these strings last for a long time. They play well, look cool, sound great, and since they last longer the higher cost is a non issue. I hate Elixer strings they have snapped on me right at the beginning of a show and I had just put them on a couple of days prior. Buy these they are worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm never going back!

By Skinny

from St. Louis

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

    I've consistently used Ernie Ball and Dadario for the past twelve years. I play two to four horse a day and can burn through a set of uncoated string in two weeks. Many moons ago, I tried Elixirs and they felt very slick and it seemed like I literally couldn't get a grip on them so I thought all coated stringstrings were the same. I was weary about trying these but as the tag line says, I'm never going back! Been three months and they still sound great! Some of the coating flaked off where I pick but that's to be expected.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Quality and Sound!

    By Pete

    from Wiggins, MS

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Looks Good On Guitar
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

      I have an Epiphone ES-335 Pro. Initially I took off the factory strings and replaced them with D'Addario Chromes 10-48. I replaced them with the Black Beauties. The difference in tone was amazing! The Chromes were too "bassy" for me. The black beauties have enough bass and enough treble to be a good balanced sound. These string have been on this guitar for about 3 months with no noticeable deterioration in coating or sound. They will be on all my hollow body guitars. Could not be happier, plus they look cool on the cherry finish guitar!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Black beauties,red devils,hi-defs ....... DR's are good quality ......

      By michael archer

      from s.philly

      Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

      All of the DR coated strings i have used sound,feel and play great .... Extended life,long lasting, are claims that seem misleading from any string manufacturer,personally i know that any strings that are used on my guitars are going to go thru heck and die within 2 weeks maybe 3 maximum depending on how many different guitars im torturing in that time period ..... All in all i dig the sound and love the feel of DR strings in general ..... Do i recommend them ? Yes,to everyone !!! A great value ? Not neccasarily,but i still pay for them ........... I use them more then any other strings,more for the way feel then any other reason .....

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great strings!

      By Bcshredder

      from Undisclosed

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      Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

      These strings are great. Even the heavier guage bend easily. The sounds is awesome. They are lightning fast. If you want great sounding strings drop your EBs kick out a little extra cash to make your guitar sound the way it was meant to sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome strings

      By havok209

      from cali

      Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

      these strings are pretty awesome. they sound great and they look even better. another cool thing is that they last pretty long too.

       
      1.0

      Look good before playing them, sound terrible.

      By Fernando

      from AZ

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

          I don't like giving bad reviews but these strings are not good. The black coating started to peel off since the first time I played them and the sound was dead, especially on the 5th and 6th strings. I had to take them off after a few days and replaced them with DR pure blues which are superb.

           
          4.0

          Black Beauties

          By coolleyhou

          from Tampa

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Don't use a steel pick!

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

          Found out the hard way not to use a stainless steel pick with these guys as it will scrape off the coating; my bad. Otherwise the strings are ok. I just wanted to try them out, but I'm not sure I'll be using them alot. Currently have them on a Gibson Les Paul and a Gibson Flying V, and both sound ok, but a little too dark.

           
          4.0

          Very good

          By Al

          from RI

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

            I love these strings....very durable....

             
            5.0

            Beauties

            By DirtyDiesel

            from Brush Creek, TN

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Great Feel
            • Long Life
            • Warm Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Every Use Possible
              • Practicing

              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

              These string not only look amazing but sound amazing. I use these on my bass and my guitars. There is a deep warm tone that gets delivered every time. The durability is amazing as well, I have one set on my bass that's stood through every day use for at least 6 months before any sign of wear was shown.

               
              5.0

              Been buying DR Black Beauties for 3 years now. Love!

              By bc

              from Oregon

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

                I love DR Black Beauties. Not only do they look great on my guitars, but have great balanced tone. In three years I've broken one string.

                 
                4.0

                Good strings, Great looks.

                By JW GUITARS

                from Sparks, Nevada

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've been using black beauties for years now. Originally bought them for the look they gave me on my black Tele. They really lasted a long time. And they produced good tone on the instrument. Of course some the coating wore off at the picking area after a few hours of use. Everyone expects that. But you could only tell if you get real close. the fingerboard area stays coated real well. And keeps that slick feel. I don't notice any sound degradation, and the intonation remains constant. And hey Kids, a black majic marker fixes the chipped coating! Just kidding ! I really do find that these strings last a long time and I bend them all over the frets. I constantly buy these.

                   
                  4.0

                  Black Beauties for sure.

                  By Mac daddy

                  from Layton Ut.

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

                    They work great, the coating around where you strum rubs off pretty quickly though. No big deal really.

                     
                    2.0

                    Even at 50% off I feel like I paid too much.

                    By Nikki

                    from Upstate NY

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Hard to get a grip
                      • Poor Tone Quality
                      • Tacky slides

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

                        Picked these up in a bargain bin the other day, they should have stayed there. I threw them on my esquire, thinking I'd try something new (usually stick with Ernie Ball Reg Slinky). The coating seems to suck away highs and leaves the instrument sounding muffled. Maybe for a jazzbox it would be good, but for a rip your face off esquire it's like putting a muzzle on it.

                        They don't bend very well at all, and that's when you can even get a grip on them, because your fingers just slip off sides of the strings. Which brings me to another issue, which is for strings that are so slippery across, sliding up and down the neck is terrible, as they have a strange tack that your fingers seem to stick to when you slide. After 2 hours or so of hard playing the coating is already mostly gone from the pickguard area.

                        I hate them, and they feel like I'm playing on plastic strings. I'd give them a 1/5 but I can see at least SOME use for them: Jazz, which I don't play.

                         
                        5.0

                        spoken like a champion

                        By drumm3rboy048

                        from decatur, Tx

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

                          I got exactly what I was told I would, I got my package in a timely manner. Just overall a great job in online communication. Thank you and I will be purchasing again

                          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Tone as lifeless as strings are black

                          By JohnnyThunder

                          from Vancouver

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Poor Tone Quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about DR Strings Extra Life BKE-10 Black Beauties Medium Coated Electric Guitar Strings:

                              After using Pure Blues on all my electrics I felt compelled to give the Black Beauties the ole college try on my Martin D-28. A major disappointment is about all I can say; the longevity of the strings are unremarkable for a product that boasts "extra life." Novelty item at best due to the black color of the product but nothing but dull, lifeless and utterly muddy tone.

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