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Dean Markley Electric Guitar NickelSteel Light, .009 - .042, 2502

Dean Markley Electric Guitar NickelSteel Light, .009 - .042, 2502
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By Doc R.
Dean Markley 2502
August 3, 2014
I've been using these as a pro for almost 40 years (since the '70's) and nothing has come close in tone. Too Bad!! Recently the company seems to be going through changes and I have not been able to get them (I used to buy cases, no longer offered, from Guitar Center, no longer carrying my brand), so I have tried most of the other strings on the market trying to re-acquire that sound. At least I know now that Slinkys, D'Addarios, DRs and a few others are "missing something" sonically speaking. Blue Steels are too bright for my taste and break more easily. I have a stash of these that won't last long keeping almost 200 guitars strung and road-ready. On that point, I will need to get something else soon, and begin to cover-up Dean Markley stickers with an old dude giving folks the 'finger' with whatever brand decided to cater to my needs. It may be a very sad passing. Oh, well!






1st E

Plain Steel 



2nd B

Plain Steel 



3rd G

Plain Steel 



4th D

Nickel Plated Steel 



5th A

Nickel Plated Steel 



6th E

Nickel Plated Steel 





"World renowned for their rich tones, long life and consistency from set to set, Dean Markley strings are the finest strings on the market today. Exacting attention to detail of manufacturing places Dean Markley strings at the leading edge of string technology. Today's top professionals rely on Dean Markley strings to deliver the brilliant, rich, full tones they need … combined with an extremely long life. Dean Markley strings are always there when you need them. They deliver.

THE PLAIN STRINGS: Dean Markley strings feature specially made and plain strings which won't slip or unravel. To achieve this, we use a unique "triple-lock" twist to attach a special "tuned" bead to the finest Swedish Steel tinned mandolin wire available. This gives you a string which is brilliant, has an extremely long life and holds its tone much longer than other strings.

THE WOUND STRINGS: Because the core wire is the foundation of all wound strings, Dean Markley uses the highest quality Swedish Steel core wire available. Dean Markley wound strings feature a hexagon shaped core wire which prevents unraveling and assures a super-tight bond between the core wire and the outer wrap. This gives Dean Markley wound strings their characteristic brilliance, punch, full bottom end, fantastic harmonics, plus an extremely long life. The core wire also utilizes the "triple-lock" twist and "tuned" brass, nickel, or black anodized brass beads.

DEAN MARKLEY'S SPECIAL ALLOYS CREATE SPECIAL MAGIC: For the outer wrap on Dean Markley strings, we formulated special alloys for each of the different strings, such as nickel plated steel, 430 stainless steel, 85/15 bronze, 80/20 bronze, phosphorus bronze and our proprietary Cryogenic processed Blue SteelÔ alloys. These special alloys are formulated to balance the overall sound of your instrument and bring out the high end as well as the low end harmonics, making your instrument sound fuller and richer, with just the right brilliance. Because of the special formulations, these alloys can take a real beating and still keep their original tone longer than other strings. Like it says on the packages: "Super Brilliance and Longer Life".

It could be Dean's special alloys, the core-to-wrap ratios, or the love and care that goes into the making of every set … whatever the reason, the magic of Dean Markley strings has to be experienced to be believed.

Dean Markley strings are available in all the popular gauges of Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Classical, Ball End Nylon, Banjo, Mandolin, Twelve String Electric and Steel Guitar, as well as a complete line of singles. If you're not already one of the thousands of players using Dean Markley strings, give 'em a try. Dean Markley has just the string for you."

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