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Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Medium, .013 - .056, 2204

Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Medium, .013 - .056, 2204
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By Marcus V.
heavy guage
February 9, 2010
I like this set because I play a doom-stoner rock type thing and also a new age acoustic thing. So this set and the Acoustic Slinky 2144 set are the exact same guage, that maintains a familiarity for the fingers. I've played both using just this set, but I'm still debating which set, (nickel or phosbronze wounds) the mag pickup likes best. I think the mag likes the nickel the best in the long run and both sets sound similar without the mag after they are a couple weeks old. The only thing I hear is that the phosbronze set sounds better, unamped for the first 10 or so days. What do you all think??






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Nickel Plated Steel Wound



4th D

Nickel Plated Steel Wound



5th A

Nickel Plated Steel Wound



6th E

Nickel Plated Steel Wound




Plain String

"Plain strings sound the higher pitch notes. Plain string is unwound. Made of specially tempered tin plated high carbon steel, but its shape is round, not hex. Used on electric and acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins -- not classic guitars. One end has a brass grommet, called a ball, which is secured by a special lock twist. The ball is for attaching the string to an instrument.

Electric Strings

Wound strings sound the lower pitch notes. They consist of wrap wire lightly coiled around a core wire. Nickel plated steel, the most popular, produces a well balanced all around good sound. Stainless steel provides a brighter sound. Pure nickel, which some believe gives a richer, fuller sound.

Plain strings sound the higher pitch notes. They are made of a specially tempered high carbon steel wire. They are used as first, second, and often third strings.

Core Wire

Core wire is the center of a wound string. It is of specially tempered high carbon steel. The crosscut end view reveals a shape that is not round, but hex shaped. The points of the hex shape help hold the wrap wire securely in place. Hex core wire is used for the wound strings of both electric and acoustic guitars, banjos, and mandolins - but not classic guitars."

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