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DR Strings Electric Guitar - Pure Blues Nickel Extra Heavy Plain Third, .012-.052, PHR-12/PL

DR Strings Electric Guitar - Pure Blues Nickel Extra Heavy Plain Third, .012-.052, PHR-12/PL
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By Jay
Unbalanced Set
February 6, 2014
This has to be the most unbalanced set of strings I have ever bought. Playing feel is uneven. Third string is way too heavy and sounds poor in the upper register, second string is too light, and bass strings are weak compared to trebles. I wanted a pure nickel set of 12's for jazz, but these definitely won't do.
By Jeff H.
November 2, 2010
I replace the stock B string, a .015, with a .016 because it gives me a more even feeling of tensions across the top three strings. The .015 feels much too slack between the .012 High-E and the monster .024 G.

Keep up the good work stocking such excellent products and providing first-class customer service!
By jnorth1969
Tone, feel, durability, ... they're all here!
October 4, 2010
I've played DR Pure Blues strings for more than 5 years now and no matter how many times I try competitors' strings I keep coming back. They have such great "chime" and "spank", and even after a month on my guitar they still sound great.

I was a bit concerned at first about playing such heavy-gauge strings, especially because I usually tune to standard pitch and I still wanted enough flexibility to bend and comfortably play lead lines. After a brief period of adjustment, however, I have no problem playing whatever I want and the tone is unbelievable. "Shredders" probably won't like them much for sweep picking or tapping, but many others who play rock, blues, and other popular styles will surely love them.

As the Captain writes, a plain G this thick produces a pretty "clangy" tone so I can see how some would prefer a lighter gauge of plain string or the smoother, "fuzzier" tone of a wound model. Still, for my money I'm glad that DR offers this exact set.

The bottom line? If you want powerful and brilliant tone and like working over big strings in standard or drop tunings, I highly recommend this set.
By Bob F.
Fret buzz gone!
September 15, 2010
The oddity of being an open tuning (Open -D) player in a bar-band causes me to take enough grief from my fellow band members. Recently, trying to find great sounding strings that I could put on a Les Paul while eliminating too much slack and resulting noise from drop- tuned, lower-gage strings became a priority.

My thought all along was that heavier strings should solve the problem, but music store employees kept telling me otherwise. Finally, some research on the net led me to postings supporting my theory and some ringing endorsements of DR Pure Blues Extra Heavies. Problem was that although music stores in my area carry DR's, NONE of the five music stores in my area carried the "heavys" so I could at least give a set a trial run before placing a multiple set order with JS. Plus anything in a comparable gauge only came with a wound third string. Only answer was to contact Just Strings - who I have relied on for all my strings in the past - and order a bunch (saves on postage), with the comfort of knowing that I could return the unopened packages if the first set turned out to be a bad choice. The order I placed was in my hands within three days and on my guitar well before our next gig.

Good news is that they have GREAT tone & sustain and fit the bill across the wide range of classic rock we play. I'll be placing more multiple-set orders on these DR's for sure!
By Captain F.
September 15, 2010
Not a bad set of strings, but the plain G just didn't do it for me. i thought it would sound better but it sounded worse. I changed some things about my set up, so that could be at fault, but I like my DR Pure Blues .011's best.






1st E

Plain Steel  



2nd B

Plain Steel  



3rd G

Plain Steel



4th D

Pure Nickel Round Wound



5th A

Pure Nickel Round Wound



6th E

Pure Nickel Round Wound




"Pure Blues"

"In the DR tradition of using old style construction to improve modern performance, PURE-BLUES electric guitar strings are designed with pure nickel wrap wire, round wound upon round cores. While this is a slow, expensive method of string making, it does produce a string acclaimed for increased sustain, vintage tone, and great low tones for playing rhythm to lead. The extra step of winding pure nickel around a round core gives the PURE-BLUES a punch that players say they are surprised to get in a vintage string.

DR Strings

"From the first handmade strings DR made for Marcus Miller and Jeff Healey (both of whom have played DR's for over six years), to our latest development, the remarkable ZEBRA electric-acoustic strings, DR HandMade Strings approaches sound and string design differently from other makers… we are all players. The secret to the way we make DR strings is the word "slow." No other company we know makes strings one at a time, so very slowly and carefully. Quality of sound is paramount… along with the highest possible specifications for materials. Longevity and durability are our next concerns. We are NOT a high speed, mass production company. We have an elaborate quality control system.

For a relatively new company, we have been embraced by a surprising number of "Legends and Masters" of guitar and bass. A partial list of DR endorsees includes Sting, Marcus Miller, Jeff Healey, Adam Clayton of U2, Warren Haynes of GOV'T MULE and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, Jonas Hellborg, Bo Diddley, "Skunk" Baxter, Victor Bailey, Steve Kaufman, Percy Jones, Darryl Jones of THE ROLLING STONES, Rick Derringer, Mick Karnes, Andreas Kisser, Max Cavalera, & Paulo Jr. of SEPULTURA, Birelli Legren, Trey Anastasio and Mick Gordon of PHISH, SMASHING PUMPKINS, Gary Tallent, Tony Franklin, Ty Tabor & Doug Pinnock of KING'S X, Dimebag Darrell of PANTERA, Scott Ian, Paul Crook, & Frank Bello of ANTHRAX, Stefan Lessard with THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, Peter Rowan, Shawn Lane, Paul Pesco Matt Freeman with RANCID, Per Gessle of ROXETTE, Sharlee D'Angelo of MERCYFUL FATE, and VERUCA SALT.

DR Strings are made with more metal than one realizes at first. By way of example, before a .042 gauge DR string is carefully wound, core wire and wrap wire that total .043 are prepared. After a process we call "Compression-Winding", a DR string that gauges a .042 is produced.

The ratios and principles of "TITE-FIT" / "Compression-Winding" are used for the specifications and manufacture of all DR strings. At DR we craft our strings at tension. The following is one example of how the DR wrap/ratio formula works… in this case for .042's. Core wire is .016, wrap wire is .0135 x 2 (top and bottom covers). Total material gauges .043 before winding and .042 after winding."




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