Dean Markley Bass Strings Review


NameWindingMaterialCoreOther Info
Blue SteelRoundwoundSteelHexCryogenically frozen for lifespan
Blue Steel NPSRoundwoundNickelHexCryogenically frozen for longer lifespan
FretmasterRound/HalfroundNickel Plated SteelHexHalfround at the frets, round where you pluck
Misfits SkullbstersRoundwoundStainless RibbonHexJerry Only Signature
NickelsteelRoundwoundNickel over SteelHexLeast bright of GHS steel

Coated

NPS RoundcoreHalfroundNickelRoundRocco Prestia Signature
PhosbronzeFor Acoustic Bass Guitar
Randy Jackson AlchemyRoundwoundGold over Nickel-Plated-Steel over SteelHexRandy Jackson Signature
SolidbassRoundwoundNickelHex
SR2000RoundwoundSteelHexTapered

 


 

Dean Markley Blue Steel

Dean Markley Blue Steel

A notable innovation from Dean Markley, these are stainless steel strings cryogenically frozen with liquid nitrogen (reaching -320 degrees) before being restored to normal temperatures. This is standard practice with many other metal products as it aligns the molecules. DM claims that this gives the string much longer lifespan and a better tone.

Dean Markley Blue Steel NPS

Dean Markley Blue Steel NPS

A nickel version of the Blue Steel strings, also cryongenically treated to last. Naturally, these strings are somewhat smoother and darker than the regular BlueSteels.

Dean Markley Fretmaster

Dean Markley Fretmaster

A unique design from Dean Markley, these strings are roundwound over the pickup, but have been smoothed out over the fingerboard. Therefore your fretting hand deals with a smoother, flatwound-like feel, but the plucking hand is dealing with a roundwound string and brighter tone. As suggested by the name, this design is about being friendly to your fingerboard while still providing a roundwound like tone.

Dean Markley Misfits Skullbusters

Dean Markley Misfits Skullbusters

Bassist Jerry Only of the Misfits designed these strings with Dean Markley for his custom built bass.

Dean Markley Nickelsteel

Dean Markley Nickelsteel

Nickel wrapping over a steel core, these strings have a bright tone but a rather smooth feel for roundwound strings.

Dean Markley NPS Roundcore

Dean Markley NPS Roundcore

Developed with Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power Fame. As the name suggests, these nickel plated strings have a round core- brighter, fatter.

Dean Markley Phosbronze

Dean Markley Phosbronze

For acoustic bass guitars, made with Phospher Bronze (8% zinc and 92% copper.)

Dean Markley Randy Jackson Alchemy

Dean Markley Randy Jackson Alchemy

Custom strings designed with Randy Jackson, successful studio bassist who has become a household name thanks to American Idol."Alchemy" comes from the fact that this is a blend of three string styles: It is a stainless steel string covered with silver-plated NPS to improve lifespan, then wrapped with a gold cover that has a smooth feel and unique look.

Dean Markley Solidbass

Dean Markley Solidbass

A basic, affordable roundwound string from Dean Markley that gets the job done.

Dean Markley SR2000

Dean Markley SR2000

Tapered strings, which gives them a brighter tone and greater sustain.

Dean Markley Superround

Dean Markley Superround

Roundwound strings that were curiously created in order to mimic and compete with a "certain British bass string that everyone loved."

 

Dean Markley 2612 Helix NPS 4-String Bass Guitar Strings Medium 50 - 105
Dean Markley 2612 Helix NPS 4-String Bass Guitar Strings Medium 50 - 105 Price: $33.83
Set Dean Markley 2680A Nickel Plated Blue Steel 5 String Bass Guitar Strings
Set Dean Markley 2680A Nickel Plated Blue Steel 5 String Bass Guitar Strings Price: $39.81
Set Dean Markley 2673A Nickel Plated Blue Steel 4 String Bass Guitar Strings
Set Dean Markley 2673A Nickel Plated Blue Steel 4 String Bass Guitar Strings Price: $30.03



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