Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric
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Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric

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Blue Steel Electric, Guitar String from Dean Markley in the Blue Steel series.


18 user reviews
Prices starting at $8 average price: $8

Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Dean Markley
  • Model:Blue Steel Electric
  • Series:Blue Steel
  • Category:Guitar Strings
  • Added in our database on: 12/27/2005

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Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric user reviews

gsarl03/22/2011

gsarl's review"buy em!"

Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric
I also use the 10-46 blue steels, and, as in that review : https://en.audiofanzine.com/guitar-string/dean-markley/2556-Blue-Steel-Regular-10-46/user_reviews/r.13625.html, the thing i like most about the Blue Steel's is the tone and the longevity in which they retain the tone and brightness. These heavier strings are perfect for blues playing, and downtuned metal playing, or just in general when you need a thicker, more defined sound (maybe say when recording, or if you're using a lot less distortion for whatever reason). I use them mainly on 2 downtuned Les Paul guitars, but i've also used them on my blocked tremelo ibanez rg. They feel a little different on the thinner neck, but i was already used to the feel of the thicker string, so it just made me dig in a little harder with that guitar in relation to how i was picking.

I run the 10-52 set on my lower tuned (everything from A standard through D standard) tuned guitars. The feel on the lower tunings from the lower strings is perfect and the lighter top allows me to still be able to wrangle out all my quicker runs and licks. The other nice thing about them is, i can sub any of these heavier ones in for a broken 10-46 and get away with it for the gig, if needed, cause i'm already used to them. They're a great 2 in the 1/2 punch of string choices if you require standard and lower tuned guitars. Plus, it feels to me that the heavier lower strings resonate a little better and dont sound floppy or extra buzzy like some other's i have tried in the heavier gauges.

All in all, i'll keep buying these...they have a really strong, yet balanced tone on the lower end that absolutely crushes the preamp on just about any amp or rack preamp i use. As i mentioned on my other review of the dean markely 10-46 sets, these set up, stretch out, intonate and settle in really nice, and they stay put. i have graph tech saddle savers on all my less pauls, and can't remember the last time i've broken a string.... i can say though, when i switched from ghs boomers to blue steel strings i stopped breakind "d" and "g" strings about once every other set.

If you haven't given these strings a try, you owe it to yourself, your tone, your guitars, and your bandmates and audience to treat them to something a little nicer than they're used to!
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gsarl03/22/2011

gsarl's review"favorite string"

Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric
I've been using blue steel strings since 1995. The reason i keep using them is they stay bright and strong sounding the longest of any string i've used. I clean my strings and fretboard whenever i'm done playing and literally, i can keep a set of these sounding fresh for 6 weeks (thats including gigging 2 times a week and practice 2 times as well). If you can find them under 6 bucks a pack, grab them.

I mostly play metal and these suit that style well, you dont really have to work hard to get pinch harmonics to jump out, and generally, these strings interact well with tube preamps, as they're not thin sounding at all. I do my own setups, and from set to set, i can always expect consistency, and also i can perform with confidence that i'm not going to have dull tone because of my strings. They do take some stretching to where they finally settle in and are ready for an intonation, but that's a good thing, cause once you get them stretched out and set, they're good to go. I use them on all types of guitars (les paul, floyd rose type guitars and standard strat types, AND acoustic too!!!) and, like i said, i dont worry about my strings being a weak point in my tone chain.

They're pricey if you buy them retail, but worth it even then. I try to buy them as a dozen/case when i can, as with anything else, they are cheaper in bulk/by the case.

I've used D'addarios', DR, GHS boomers, gibson, elixer, ernie ball and finally settled on these as the best sounding, longest lasting. I continue to buy them, and wish i'd have found them earlier than i did as i spent a bunch of money on strings that either were dull sounding in comparision, or were breaking.

I REALLY have to try to break these, and USUALLY (i say usually because every once in a while, you just get a bad string for whatever reason)....usually, when you break one of these, it's time to change the whole set, because the others will start to pop soon after.. Again, i clean my strings after each playing time, and rarely have to change these out more than 6-8 weeks on a regular playing/gigging schedule.
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mooseherman05/11/2010

mooseherman's review"Fantastic Affordable Strings"

Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric
I have been using these strings for many years now. When it comes to electric guitar, it'd be really nice to buy the best, most expensive strings all the time. However, as most players have undoubtedly realize, strings have the annoying habit of breaking all the time. So we need something cheap. But cheap shouldn't have to mean cheap-sounding. That's why I love these strings, they are really affordable but still sound great all the time. Plus, they feel spectacular and are always fun to rock out to. This size string in particular (10-52) is great because they have all the benefits that the heavier strings have in the low end, plus all the soaring highs that come with lighter strings up top.
I really like that combination, I feel as though it really lets my electric guitars shine through and hit every frequency level really well. I get the thick lows and all the bright highs without having to compromise. Most strings that attempt to do this always have a habit of keeping the strings really unbalanced, which is sort of frustrating. Ernie Ball is a perfect example of this, which I find annoying. I can't believe how many people supposedly use those strings, considering how annoying some of them are. Anyway, I can't say much more than I already have, as far as affordable strings go, these ones are great-sounding, comfortable, and they manage to last a decently long time. Maybe not as long as Elixirs, but those sound terrible in my opinion. These are among the best out there.
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valemtymes02/05/2013

valemtymes's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My favorite strings"

Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric
I used since 4 years, I've try DR strings fender d'addario strings .... What I like most is the strength longevity clear sound its price is good value for money if you achette on the internet if not in store € 11 from me ... I always do what my choice for all electric guitars and folk
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