DEAN MARKLEY Helix Pure Nickel Electric Guitar Strings (2014)
Having always played on D'Addario Nickel strings, I always thought these were the strings for me, but after giving Dean Markley Helix Pure Nickel electric guitar strings, I was quite impressed. With my styles of playing ranging from Heavy Metal to Hard Rock to Rock and Blues, it was nice to hear how these strings cover a broad spectrum of styles. The sustain, utilized in a lot of heavy metal and shred guitar styles was just perfect, not losing its tuning even once. No matter how much abuse I put these strings through, they held up quite nicely. I strung my Fender Stratocaster and my Ibanez Jem 777 with these bad boys, and the tones on both guitars sounded really, really good and clean. Whether, I played something clean, acoustic or dirtier crunch used more in heavy metal and shred guitar, the strings definitely held their own. Sarjoo Devani, writer and axe grinder.
Longevity-wise, Dean Markley claims for the these strings to last up to 5x longer, I could not agree more. Living in the humid conditions of Central Florida, guitar strings start to corrode and rust, whether you play every day or once a month, but these strings have been on both axes for three months and not a single stain of corrosion. The strings also feel light, confortable, no need to coat them with any chemicals for quick playing as they do play fast enough. If you play any faster, your finger tips will burn off.
The Dean Markley Helix Pure Nickel definitely puts to shame their ordinary guitar strings, and probably even any competitors who try to come close. I know which strings I will be using from now on.