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Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky Nickel Wound Set, .012 - .056

4.7 out of 5 stars 2,027 customer reviews
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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
  • Recipes and Popular gauges created by industry icon Ernie Ball
  • Ernie Ball strings are made from the finest materials so you get quality and consistency in every set
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Size: Not Even | Style: 1 pack

**Optimal For Detuning** Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky Electric Strings are perfect for those who like to detune their instrument to lower tuning combinations. Metal fans worldwide have gravitated towards the Not Even Slinky set to give their guitar the optimal gauge combination for Drop D & Drop C tuning. These strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and most exacting specifications to ensure consistency, optimum performance, and long life. Not Even Slinky wound strings are made from nickel plated steel wire wrapped around a hex shaped steel core wire. The plain strings are made of specially tempered tin plated high carbon steel; producing a well balanced tone for your guitar. Gauges .012 .016 .024p .032 .044 .056. Part number 2626.

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Size:Not Even  |  Style:1 pack
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.5 x 0.2 x 4.5 inches
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B0002E1J3Q
Item model number P02626
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4.7 out of 5 stars 2,027 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,222 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#34 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Strings > Electric Guitar Strings
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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From the Manufacturer

Stainless Steel Pure Nickel Nickel Wound Cobalt M-Steel
Tone Bright Warm, Vintage Classic, Balanced Clear and Bright Clear with Strong Lows
Output Moderate/ Normal Vintage/ Mild Moderate/ Normal High Ultra-High
Wrap Wire Stainless Steel Pure Nickel Nickel-plated Steel Cobalt Alloy Super Cobalt Alloy
Core Wire High-carbon steel, hex core High-carbon steel, hex core High-carbon steel, hex core High-carbon steel, hex core M-Steel
Plain Strings Standard Standard Standard Standard Black RPS
7-String Set?

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Style Name: 1 packSize: Regular Verified Purchase
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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Style Name: 1 packSize: Super
My experience with guitar started in the 70s with a beat up acoustic my dad handed down to me. I was enthralled with the sounds of the guitar, but hated that giant hunk of junk. In the early 80s I got myself a job, tossed that pile of warped wood, and bought myself a Gibson electric. A friend quickly turned me on to GHS Boomers, which I used exclusively for probably 7-8 years. I had tried several other brands, but for me, the Boomers were the best.

Well, the 90s came around, and my musical taste changed from alt-rock to a heavier sound. My preference transitioned from Gibson guitars through Orange and Mesa/Boogie amps to Jackson guitars through Marshall amps. Due to budgetary constraints, I switched to Carvin strings -- they used to be incredibly affordable -- but "discovered" the Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings when a guitar tech friend of mine restrung one of my super-strats for me, and that was that.

So what do 'Slinkies' do?

1. Bend forever.
2. Quack on a Strat with the best of 'em!
3. NOT break when setting up a Floyd Rose.
4. Last for as long as you can stand rubbing the oxidation off of the higher strings.

Okay, you get the picture. In a nutshell, these are high-quality strings at an affordable price, delivering the best tone out there. Novice or pro; you won't be disappointed.
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Style Name: 1 packSize: Super
Take this to heart. I have been playing for 16 years this Christmas. For the first seven years I experimented with different brands and gauges. These were the strings I settled on after all that experimentation and I have never looked back. Slinky 9's are ALL I have bought for the past nine years. There are two types of electric guitar strings: Expensive and cheap. NEVER buy cheap strings. They sound too bright and about one out of twenty will break when you wind them up. Expensive strings are a little more complicated. The durability factor is much better with expensive strings. About one out of eighty will break. The difference between the expensive brands is in the sound. Some are "tinny" or bright. Some sound like bass strings tuned way up. With that said, Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9's have what I call a "V" voicing. It's like they have a little equalizer built in set to a good rock setting. You know, boost the mids and highs and roll back the mids. THESE... are the only strings designed specifically for rock/metal/southern rock/progressive heavier jam bands/etc. Period.

Man... I sound like a commercial. It's because I am passionate about these strings.
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Style Name: 1 packSize: Regular Verified Purchase
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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Style Name: 1 packSize: Hybrid Verified Purchase
I just found my perfect set of strings, this hybrid have 3 heavy low strings for great rithym riffs.. and 3 thin slinkies for great solos.. i recomend them to any guitarrist who perform both rythm and soloing riffs.. quality is great, they last around 3 months for me with normal use (about 2-3 sessiones a week 2-3 hour long)..
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Style Name: 1 packSize: Power
I've been playing the guitar for 20 years, and I've tried a lot of different strings. Across all of the different options that are available, I'm convinced that there are really two variables that control 95% of the sound:

1) String gauge. Suck it up and buy the 11's. You will *not* get the tone that heavy strings deliver with pedals, rack effects, or other widgets. Yes, you fingers will hurt if you've been playing .009's. No, you will not regret it once you get used to it.

2) String age. Change your strings when they start to sound bad. It's a pain, but even good technique and heavy strings can't make up for crusty, stretched-out, worn-out strings. Changing before every show is excessive. Use your ears; when the sparkle and crispness of new strings is gone, and the sound bothers you, then change your strings.

That being said, I use Ernie Ball Slinkys pretty much exclusively these days. They're reasonably cheap, sound great, and are found in pretty much any guitar shop anywhere in the world. What else could you ask for? Five stars!
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