Strings similar to Dean Markley nickel-plated Blue Steels?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Gonzo476, Feb 28, 2014.


  1. Gonzo476

    Gonzo476

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    My Dean Markleys have finally died and I can't find a music shop that carries them. I could order them online, but I don't want to wait three weeks for them to arrive.

    Which strings come close to these? I'm looking for something really growly and nickel-plated.
  2. jamersonburton

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    I found them to be similar to daddario xl but the dm nps retained their brightness a little longer.
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    Our Sub-Zero Boomers are very similar to the nickel Blue Steels, as they are our nickel-plated strings that are cryogenically frozen.
  4. -Asdfgh-

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    Blue Steels were what I started with and were my go-to string for many years. They got hard to find so I changed to Rotosound SM66something (blue silks) in .100 to .40. They don't feel the same or quite sound the same but were reasonable substitutes and the sounds is also good, just different, but with a fair amount in the top end.

    I am now using Dunlops (same gauge) but then seem more muted than the Rotos or DMs but I am tending to go for a less toppy sound these days as I am not trying to be Geddy Lee so much.
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  6. lbladams

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    Bassplace in Phoenix carries Dean Markly. I always get stuff pretty quick from them.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    He's in Spain :)

    In the USA, www.bassstringsonline.com is the place to get them so you should send him an email to see how long it would take to get to Spain. Not 3 weeks I'd say.

    Otherwise, give DR HiBeams a shot.
  8. lbladams

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    oops. Wish I was in Spain. Damn cold here.
  9. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Effects Forum Resident Supporting Member

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    hey Gonzo, I'm in Switzerland, and strings took exactly 1 week to arrive after I ordered them from bassstringsonline.com . And I'm still paying half of what I would pay locally...
  10. Gonzo476

    Gonzo476

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    Thanks for the input, guys. I decided to try something new, so I bought a set of Roto 66 nickel rounds. I'm loving them so far!

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