DR strings have been making handmade strings since 1989. They are headquartered in Emerson, NJ. DR’s philosophy is that great sounding strings will inspire musicians to play longer and better and enjoy their playing even more. DR strings combine traditional handmade string making and craftsmanship with today’s modern and technically sophisticated materials and processes to make a DR guitar strings and DR bass strings superior strings.
Many of the employees that make DR strings are players themselves. Using their own personal playing experience, an obsession for music and input from players around the world, DR continues the work of making more and more sounds available to guitar players and bass players. DR appreciates when players tell them they can feel and hear a difference with DR strings. DR makes such a wide variety of strings for guitar and bass because they feel each individual line of DR guitar strings and DR bass strings provides a unique range of sound and tone. DR strings tries to make strings suitable for any style of music a player could want to play.
DR keeps a large collection of guitars for testing strings. Many of these are Guilds because Mark Dronge, the founder of DR strings, is the son of Al Dronge, the founder of Guild Guitars. Among the many guitars used at DR are a Guild X-300 (Serial #1001, perhaps the first Guild ever made), a Gibson Army-Navy Special, several Stratocasters, a P-Bass, a Carl Thompson 5-string bass and many others. The variety of instruments they keep on hand allows DR to comprehensively test all of their strings.