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

DR Strings Electric Guitar - Pure Blues Nickel Extra Heavy, .012-.052, PHR-12
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By Ernest 9.
May be my new go to string
April 23, 2019
I play acoustic fingerstyle guitar bare hand, all five fingers. I've used D'Addario pretty much exclusively since I started playing professionally in the 70s; I try other strings from time to time and never feel they are improvements over the Ds

These DRs may very well be an exception. I wanted a string that would sound good acoustically on my Takamine Legend Series OM size guitar but also would really shine when amplified as I do when I gig. The Tak has both the low-voltage tube in it plus the auxiliary mag pick-up in the sound hole, blended in the Tak's on-board electronics. It is a great live guitar that has the acoustic sound well-preserved.

These DRs were instantly recognizable as having a qualitative difference in how they sounded, felt, and played over my nickel plate D'Addario XL116s. This is definitely a vintage vibe, but in an authentic, good way. They feel great and importantly, have fantastic "bounce tension" in the string for hammers and pull offs. My fingers feel like they are on trampolines compared to nickel plated strings. They are a little heavier in the top than I'm used to but are very smooth and feel great under my fingers. So far I am loving these strings in a big way.

Nice going, DR Strings!
Pretty much everything about this string is a positive. Distinctive, pleasing tone, great body to the sound without brass in the top or mud in the bass range. Easy to play, they feel broken in out of the box. Price is reasonable for more expensive nickel and the production of them. I was going to say string gauge choice by DR but after playing these for a while, I actually think the balance across the set is excellent. Really can't suggest anything that would be a con for this set.
Pure Blues 12-52
November 20, 2017
a good roundwound for an archtop; less tension that the pyramid 12-52, or daddario pure nickel 12; better tone than the tite-fit 12-52, or daddario EJ21; for roundwound these are good; for flatwounds go TI swing 12-50
By chezztone
DR for acoustic guitar
April 24, 2015
Love these on my parlor guitar!






1st E

Plain Steel  



2nd B

Plain Steel  



3rd G

Pure Nickel Round Wound



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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