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Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Set (10 - 46)

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  • Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.
  • Played By Legends around the world including Slash, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Eric Clapton, and more...
  • Element Shield Packaging Prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
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Size Name: 1 Pack
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.1 x 4.5 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0002M6CVC
  • Item model number: P02221
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

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The World's # 1 Electric String, Ernie Ball Slinky Strings feature a nickel plated steel wire wrapped around tin plated hex shaped steel core wire. Ernie Ball Slinky Strings produce a vibrant and articulate tone that musicians around the world have grown to love. Plain strings are made of specially tempered tin plated high carbon steel. Gauges .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046


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Customer Reviews

Also they gave me some picks as gifts!
adolfo
I have been playing for 3 years now and these are by far the best strings I have ever used.
Tim
They stay in tune and last a very long time.
Mark M.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Santora on December 13, 2013
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I just turned 60 years old and I've been playing guitar since I was 13 - I've tried every make of string, and played most every model of guitar as well, and these are the only strings I use. I recently bought a used guitar which was strung with something else - couldn't wait to get the EB strings on there. Nothing else has the feel and sound - they just have a musicality and aliveness to them and manufacturing quality has been consistent over the years. I'd recommend these for any guitar, any style - harmonics, sustain, feel - they have it all. Only decision is .010's or .009's - I like to use .010's when tuned down to E flat, and .009's for standard tuning.
If you don't like your guitar and it's strung with other strings, try these. Thanks EB!
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nessander VINE VOICE on March 20, 2008
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These are my favorite strings for electric guitar. I've been using them since I started playing about eighteen years ago. I've tried other strings, like Gibson and D'Addario, but I like the sound and feel of Ernie Balls the best -- they feel nice, full, thick, hefty. I play blues, jazz, and bluesy rock. I use these on a Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany and a Yamaha neck-thru-body electric, and they are good for the music I play and for providing a full-bodied sound. There are a whole host of "big name" guitarists who use these strings, and for good reason. I buy them in 10 packs to save money -- can't seem to find that option here on Amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cal on August 29, 2013
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In my opinion strings are the hardest thing to rate to an extent because everyone prefers different tensions and/or sounds but I will say that as long as you clean them once in a while they will last pretty long without major tone loss, as far as tension that all depends on the person playing. I've been using these for about 3 years now and I wouldn't swear by them but they are more readily available than a lot of other strings. I've used a lot of gauges from .09-.42 all the way to .12-.54 and what's comfortable for me may not be for you. I would definitely recommend a lighter gauge to beginners and my personal favorite is either the .10-.46 or the .10-.48
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wesley T. on April 17, 2014
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These are good all-purpose strings. I'd be hard pressed to think of any style you couldn't play reasonably well with these strings and the right guitar.

I had been using Slinky 9s and 10s on my guitars for years. I recently got a 24.75" scale guitar for metal and classic/hard rock, as well as jazz and blues. I threw a set of 10s on there. It sounded good, but I was missing the low end tightness and clarity. The low end on the regular 10s was a bit muddy (not terrible, just a tad muddy) due to the scale. I switched to a hybrid (Heavy Bottom 10-52) set, and (after some action and truss rod adjustments) found the sound I was looking for.

I should also say that the longest I've had a set of these strings was 2 years on a single guitar. I wasn't playing seriously during the period (though I still played everyday), and was pretty much just waiting for the strings to break before I changed them. They never broke. I only switched them out because I started gigging again. These Slinky 10s are some of the most reliable strings I've ever used, more so than the 9s.

All in all, good, reliable, general-purpose strings, but if you have a particular genre in mind, you might be able to find strings better suited to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W on February 8, 2014
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As cheap as these strings were, I am pleasantly surprised with the results achieved.
I picked up an old, cheap electric guitar that needed some work. It had been dropped on it's head.
After repairing and playing it, it still sounded like crap so I had these strings, they were cheap and I put them on. Only took about 5 minutes to restring and was well worth the effort.
Okay, the guitar (and I am too embarrassed to give the brand) isn't my Gibson Les Paul or my Fender American Strat, but damn, it sounds good now. If I didn't have so many guitars, I might keep this one but I will probably sell it to make room for another.
These were well worth the few dollars I spent on them. Honestly, I won't restring my Fender with them, I'll use the Fender 250 bullets. But these are great for about any electric. With guitars, crappy strings kill it. Great strings can make a bad guitar okay, not great.
I will continue buying and using these on my lower end guitars but will spend the few extra bucks on my high end guitars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garot M. Conklin on August 4, 2014
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so maybe it is me.. but I replaced some string on a Gretsch Jet tone guitar of mine, that in my recollection was NEVER out of tune... and now it is really hard to get it in tune? Everything on the guitar is hard-fixed to the body (bridge, et-al, not floating as on the hollow body models) and I touched nothing else and have changed strings for the last 20 years of playing so I don't think I messed that part up. In any event I am not really that happy that the guitar is out of tune all the time now... so I cannot really point this at anything other than the strings.
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For electric guitars, the regular slinky set is a fine choice. These are my first choice now for all my electrics. They don't wear out or break, and I sometimes bang away like Pete Townshend. They last longer than the factory installed set. I only replaced them last time because of stretch. There were only some very slight flat spots from fret wear. Ernie Ball also makes somewhat thinner super slinky strings and also a hybrid set. Just a matter of personal preference.

I always have at least 1 set of spares tucked in the back of my amp.
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