Last night the first string of my 10 guage D'Addario broke. I had a old spare of DR Handmade strings of the same guage. Had read a lot of reviews but wanted to try it out for the first time. When I opened the pack, I was super disappointed because most of the strings were badly rusted already and coating was gone in a lot of places. I still decided to string them up just to check it out. Certain things I could really notice are
1. After stringing, I usually do this stretching and re tuning for about 30 minutes. But with this I didn't do any stretching but just did a few 3 to 5 fret bends on each strings, to make it expand naturally. Then re tuned it. Did this exercise for about 3 times and to my surprise it just held in tune after that. Even with such heavy bends, the strings didn't expand and didn't lose tune. I even play it today morning and found that it's still in tune. Really amazing.
2. Inspite of strings being badly rusted and all the coating gone, the notes were ringing pretty clear. Just realized how a good set of strings could sound like. Makes D'Addario and Ernie Ball sound fizzy in front of them. Much clearer and brighter tone.
3. The pack claims that bending would be easier. I didn't believe till I actually played it. It feels like I am playing a 9 guage string. Much easier to bend and has a good feel to it. Remember. All this with a two year old set of rusted strings. I just cant imagine how good a brand new one will be.
Bottomline is, these DR strings are defenitely better than D'Addario or Ernie Ball in terms of clarity and feel. I dont want to talk about the tone as tone is pretty subjective. Highly recommended for guys who can get them.
Planning to buy a few for me soon.
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