Top critical review
Great strings on a 6, not so much on a 7.
December 27, 2015
I love Dean Markley Blue Steels on my six string electrics so I thought I would give these a whirl on my Jackson JS22-7. I have put in Seymour Duncan pickups, a Nazgul / Sentient set, and a set of Planet Waves Locking Tuners, but the guitar is otherwise stock. I was looking to find a string that would give me good clarity and note separation with plenty of definition with a bit of high end sparkle without sacrificing the depth and low-end growl that a long scale seven string has. In other words, I was looking for the awesome tone I get from these on my six strings, but with the added depth of a seven. Unfortunately, these strings did not deliver. They wound up sounding thin and almost compressed with very little of the qualities that make these a great six string electric string. Their shrill nature just couldn't be EQ'd out no matter what rig I played them through nor how I tinkered with various pedals and effects. They sounded bad through my Marshall, through various dirt boxes into the Marshall, through an Eleven Rack and (Not surprisingly) through a Fender.
Over the years I have seen some QC issues with Blue Steels, but in the hundreds of sets of strings I have gone through any manufacturer is going to have a few clinkers. The set I got may have been "That set", but they refused to stay in tune no matter what. After a week I yanked them off and continued my tone search.
While I can't honestly say I would NOT recommend them, they didn't do it for me, hence my three-star rating.
Much as I still love these strings on my sixes, they do not do it for me on my seven.