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Ernie Ball Electric Guitar Strings

Single Ernie Ball electric guitar strings are available in our Ernie Ball Guitar Singles section.

(Ernie Ball Strings are only available for shipment to addresses in the United States, U.S. Territories & Possessions, and APO FPO destinations)
Ernie Ball electric guitar strings are available in enough gauges, materials and windings to accommodate almost any musical style or instrument. In 1962 Ernie Ball introduced the first custom gauged sets, the Slinkys. Since then Ernie Ball has produced a wide selection of electric and acoustic strings that have been the favorites of countless famous players, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Slash and Steve Vai. Using the latest technologies and the best materials, Ernie Ball provides consistent, reliable, high quality strings at a reasonable price and with a wide variety of expressive options.

Ernie Ball Slinky Nickel Wound electric guitar strings are their top selling string and are the choice of many pro musicians around the world. They are carefully made to meet high standards and specifications in order to maintain consistent performance and string life. Regular Slinkys are made with a nickel plated steel wrap wire wound on a hexagonal tinned steel core. Slinky plain strings are made from special tinned high carbon steel and help produce a balanced tone on any guitar. RPS Slinky sets have reinforced plain steel strings.

Ernie Ball Coated Slinky electric guitar strings utilize all of latest advances in string making technology. The nickel plated steel wound strings are coated with an ultra-thin layer of Ernie Ball’s special enamel which helps prevent corrosion. They will last up to five times as long as uncoated strings. Coated Slinky plain strings have their own special anti-rust plating and a patented winding of titanium wire at the ball end. Coated Slinky Ernie Ball guitar strings keep the tone and feel of regular guitar strings, with longer tone life provided by Ernie Ball’s special coating process.

Pure Nickel Slinky electric guitar strings are made with a pure nickel wrap wire wound on a tinned hexagonal steel core. These Ernie Ball electric guitar strings have a beautifully rich, warm tone with the same signature Slinky feel.

Ernie Ball Stainless Steel Slinkys have a stainless steel wrap wire wound around a hexagonal steel core. These are the brightest Ernie Ball electric strings, suitable for players who need to brighten up a dark sounding guitar. They generally last much longer than nickel strings.

Slinky M-Steel strings are Ernie Ball’s loudest strings. M-Steel, short for Maraging Steel, is a super alloy that when used for the string’s hexagonal core wire and wrapped with their patented super cobalt alloy wire produces a richer, fuller tone with powerful lower end response and overall output. M-Steel plain strings are a specially tempered steel for maximum strength and tone life. Each plain steel string has a patented winding of steel around the ball end that reduces slippage, breakage and stays in tune better than conventional plain strings.

Ernie Ball Cobalt electric strings are made with a special, patented Cobalt alloy that provides a stronger magnetic string to pickup response for the maximum output and clarity. Ernie Ball calls these strings a “new voice for guitarists” with their extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs. They have a soft and silky feel with easy bending.

Ernie Ball RPS, Reinforces Plain Steel, strings have a patented winding of bronze wire wrapped tightly around the lock twist of the ball end of the plain steel strings. For players who break a lot of plain strings while bending or using the tremolo, these reinforced strings will last longer and play in tune better than other plain steel strings. The wound strings in these sets have custom gauges and a special core to wrap ratios for balanced rich harmonics with the signature Slinky feel.

Ernie Ball Nickel Wound strings (not Slinkys) are custom gauged and feature a wound G string. Often called jazz sets, they are also used by alternative, rock, and pop musicians, such as The Mars Volta and Judas Priest. The wound strings are nickel plated steel on an hexagonal core. The plain strings are made of a specially tempered tin plated carbon steel and with the custom wound strings give your guitar a well-balanced sound.
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