Dean Markley Blue Steels

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Aussie Player, Jan 21, 2013.


  1. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

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    Got these on a Warwick Streamer thats coming this week. Anyone else using them?
    What is your opinion of them?
    Thanks.
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    I like them very much. In my opinion they are second only to Rotos.

    Tonewise, with the Streamer, you can think Mike Inez of AIC.
  3. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

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    I just put a set on one of my Jazz basses and I really like them. It's the first time I've tried them, too. So far, so good.
  4. Catbuster

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    They are no doubt the brightest string I've EVER played. They're also very mid-scooped
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  6. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    Really like them. IMO, much better round wound tone than the vaunted Rotosounds. Even after they lose their initial "Zing" (which lasts a good long time), I still love the tone.
  7. darkstorm

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    Ive used them off and on for change of pace from rotosound swing66. They do have a more crack of thunder qaulity to the bass end of the tone. But dont have the agressive mids of the rotos. Still, they are a very good string imo.
  8. fenderbassman40

    fenderbassman40

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    I'm digging em on my squier vintage
    Modified phase. Way bright and punchy but not squeaky when fretting.
  9. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    They definitely retain their brightness longer than Rotos. I agree that they have a bolder low end than Rotos and a somewhat tamer mid range.
  10. jasper383

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    Lemmy played them for years. 'Nuff said.
  11. winterburn69

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    For what my opinion is worth, they're the only strings I'd buy again after first trying Roto 66's 5 years ago. I got a set last spring, and they still have a tiny bit of bite left. They last ages longer than Rotos, but don't have as much of an aggressive sound.

    Wait. That's a lie. I've also bought Rotobass 45s a few times.
  12. kingmacaw

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    prefer the blue steel ss to rotos for these reasons - great snap & far less tension to play. i will caution you tho i've put new ones on the same fretted bass 3x & each time it takes me several days of playing them before they aren't too zingy. because of this i have been thinking my next set may be blue steel nickels. (by the way i love the sound of rotos but simply hate a high tension string.)
  13. Mykk

    Mykk

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    Blue Steel user here. I have them on my MIA Jazz, Vintage Modified Fiver & Epi Les Paul bass. Clean and crisp when played lightly, grind and edge when you dig in.
  14. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

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    I've played them for years. I love them. Good life and I love the feel. I've been digging Sunbeams and EB Cobalts lately as well.
  15. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    I just wanted to add, I believe it's the DM Blue Steels that give my '08 MIA Jazz that infamous Jazz bass "growl" without hardly trying.
  16. Pimpernel Smith

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    I've used them on my Epiphone Jack Casady bass for 12 years as Jack, himself, does.
  17. matante

    matante

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    I tried them once and didn't like them. I remember paying a premium because they supposedly lasted much longer than normal strings. This was before they invented coated strings, and they marketed Blue Steels by saying the cryogenic process would make them last 3x longer, but I didn't find that to be true. .(Just about any string will last a lot longer than Rotos.)

    I thought the sound was too twangy as well. Overall I wasn't impressed.
  18. armybass

    armybass Roscoe Bass Gold Supporting Member

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    Purchased them twice 20 years apart and they sounded like rhino arse and died within days both times. I could not recommend them from my limited but consistently negative experiences.
  19. PipeRain

    PipeRain Operator Of Pointy Basses Supporting Member

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    Used 'em years ago in another in another life and loved 'em. Thanks to the miserable sweaty hand syndrome I can kill strings like nobodies business and in spite of that they lasted pretty well for me. On they downside, they did eat the frets up a bit. Of course, my horrific technique and gripping the neck way too tight couldn't have had anything to do with that....

    Now I'm trying out GHS Contact Cores and liking them pretty well so far. What can I say, I like bright and zingy.

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