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Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Regular Slinky, .010 - .046, 2221

Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Regular Slinky, .010 - .046, 2221
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6% Recommend this product (1 of 18 responses)
By Seth B.
AZ not Oz
Been playing with Super Slinky & Slinky E Ball strings since the 1970s.
April 2, 2020
Ernie Ball was the first string company to offer individual strings so players could build their own sets and replace ONE string at a time if one broke. I played Kahler tremolos since Kahler came out with the Kahler Flyer in the 1970s. A little trick of the trade for ALL High E and B strings: Solder the wrap at the ball end and solder the ball end to the string with electrical solder. THIS WORKS EVEN BETTER THAN THE REINFORCED STRINGS! With the Kahler I could break an E string in one 20 minute version of Red House or Machine Gun. Usually that was an encore, but it's still a broken string in the middle of a song. I had a Melodymaker backup guitar to switch off to, but after soldering these, I never looked back. Strings like D'Addario have cheap junk aluminum ball ends that will NEVER take solder so they are utterly useless to me. I solder any plain strings smaller than .013". They almost never break. The last string to break was a cheapo Korean made brand X I usually only use for setups. I won't mention the brand name or the source, but those are passably mediocre. Ernie Ball strings just work for me. GHS used to be a good substitute but the last set was flabby, buzzy & loose.
They just work for me. I like the feel, the sound, and they last way past when I should change strings. I wear through the windings on D strings pretty fast, and sometimes I just get lazy and will run a set of Balls for years. The windings wear through on the D strings. Aside from that, no complaints.
By quiz7
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky
January 8, 2016
I've played these strings for 1000's of hours. I've played strings that sounded brighter. I've played strings that lasted longer. But there are no other strings I've played that sound as good for as long as these strings do. Buy them.
By steve
many better than these
March 10, 2012
In my 40 years of playing a plethora of music Ernie Ball makes some of the worse strings out there. D'Addario strings beat these all to H*** . Ernie Ball strings are like playing dead strings right out of the package - poor string to string balance and a lifeless tone in ten minutes.
By John
June 9, 2011
Excellent value and customer service!
By Mark
Great value string
May 29, 2011
Excellent bright tone. I play regular gigs and rehearse a lot too, so I change strings frequently. I need a quality string that plays really well for a short period of time. These strings fit that bill perfectly.
By Cliff
Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Regular Slinky, .010 - .046
May 9, 2011
My all time favorite electric guitar strings!
By martin82
EB Regular Slinky
May 7, 2011
Great string at a great value.
By vmarkg
good strings
May 7, 2011
Good full sound and sustain. They bend like a lighter string. Seem to have good longevity.
By J S.
EB 10's
April 2, 2011
By dag t.
ernie ball strings
January 9, 2011
I have tried many string brands over the years but in the end i always end up with ernie and la bella. Good string with good feel and sound; the only thing that can drag this strings down is that they are hard to bend with compared to la bella hrs and they tend to break fast. Some times they have brokenwhile tuning the first time but at this price its ok. I use this brand on the guitars i don't use a lot because they are cheap and sound good but I will never do a gig with these without a backup because you never know when they will break compared to la bella that cost twice as much but last forever. Love just strings and their prices.
By Chuck M.
Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Regular Slinky
December 30, 2010
I just returned to using these strings after trying other brands and they feel like I'm coming home. Smooth feel, great bends and great consistency. They are a bargain and I'll continue to use them.
By Tony K.
EB Slinky Strings
June 2, 2010
Great strings, great tone. Very consistent string to string and set to set. They don't stretch a lot when they're new.
By Scotty N.
February 26, 2010
Been using these since 1969, when they were pure nickel. These have the tone I'm wanting. I've tried EVERYTHING and always wind up back here wit' Ernie!
By Greg G.
October 27, 2009
The best electric strings for the price, bar none. I've tried them all. They all sound good for a month, then you have to change them but these are cheaper.
By tim
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky .010-.046
October 5, 2009
I have used Ernie Ball strings for the last 20 years. Whether it was my Les Paul, Strat or Tele they always perform well. Minimal stretching required for them to stay in tune and very durable even with heavy whammy bar use.
By Andy T.
Great strings @ a great price
October 5, 2009
For the money you can not go wrong with Slinky's. They hold tune and make great bends and then return to tune.
By Pastor K.
Ernie Ball Strings
August 14, 2009
These are great strings very similar sound to GHS boomers one of the better stings on the market great for the money!
By Chris
The Strings...
July 27, 2009
These are the finest electric guitar strings I have ever played. I have been playing for ten years and Ernie Balls have never let me down.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Plain Steel



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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