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Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Super Slinky, .009 - .042, 2223

Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Nickel Wound Super Slinky, .009 - .042, 2223
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8% Recommend this product (1 of 12 responses)
By James D.
New Jersey
Balls are best.
December 8, 2021
Been using Ernie Ball Super Slinkies since the early seventies. Been using the pure nickels for a while. Very nice. Now, back to the beginning. Just to see which I prefer. If you've never tried Ernie Ball strings, you should Like the old saying goes, balls are best!
Great tone. Very bendable. 0
By josh
September 14, 2011
By Tim
EB 9-42
May 20, 2011
used these for 25 years. I'll never switch.
By LaRrY's G.
Super Slinky 9's
May 1, 2011
Been using these since they had the old clear plastic bag type packaging ! I've tried others but always came back. They have a nice feel to them and bend very easy, just break them in and you're done. Pinch harmonics are easy and you get sweet tone from every string all the way up the fretboard. Just look at the list of endorsees on their package. And their corrosion resistant packaging really works. I've had a few sit for a year and they came out like NEW ! I hate changing old ones cuz they're like old friends by the time they go bad ! Just get a dozen packs, I personally own over 30 guitars and ALL have Ernie Ball's on 'em !
By Ovidiu
Ernie Ball Super Slinky
March 23, 2011
I have had many brands before but these ones felt very nice since I unpacked them. They feel very nice at touch, they have a silky feel. Also they are very easy to bend. It was love at first sight. I didn't break a string, they are very good.

I regret I didn't buy more. I wanted to try more brands of strings but these ones are really awesome.
By dag i.
erni strings
January 9, 2011
Overall good strings, love them and they are cheap so I use this brand on most of my guitars but not on all my guitars, especially those I play most; on those I use la bella. Overall good strings but they do not last long and are hard to bend when compared to la bella but at this prices who cares?
By Dennis O.
January 2, 2011
Ernie Ball Super Slinky I use these strings on all my gigging electrics. Had always used 10s; suffered an aortic dissection in 2007 that should have ended my life. My hands couldn't handle 10s anymore, my hands can take the super slinkys that's cool. I'm a professional working musician.
By Tim
E B Slinkys
October 12, 2010
I have used these strings for many years and I will never switch. They are the best.
By P F.
Ernie Ball Slinky Electric Strings
May 10, 2010
These are the strings my brother and I have always used. I've tried other strings, only to be disappointed with the sound and or feel. I love these strings. There's nothing wrong with trying new things, but I always come back to the Ball!!

By Hank
Super Slinky!
November 20, 2009
These have been my go to strings for years as well. Put these on a Les Paul and you are in wicked Jimmy Page territory. My one gripe is that the strings don't last as long as they could, but that is probably because I play them to death pretty fast. I am trying out the titanium coated Slinkys to compare. If you are looking for great strings for bluesy bends this is the one!
By John M.
Nickel Wound Super Slinky, .009
September 1, 2009
These have been my goto strings since the '70's. Before these string came along learning guitar was a painful process!I got my 1st guitar in 1969(Harmony) and the strings were probably 11's or 12's. It was very hard to keep playing so you could build up those calluses. When the slinky's came along you could learn without the pain. I've been using them since then without any problems.
By Seth/Satchmoeddie/Burgin
my old stand by for the 77 LP
August 14, 2009
These have been my string of choice for a 77 Les Paul with a Kahler for almost 30 years. I solder the ball end on the 9 and 11 guage or high e and B string. It makes the string less prone to break. I find that soldering both the wrap and the ball all carefully make for a great result. Other mfgrs went to color coded anodized aluminum ball ends, and I quit using them. Anyone that needs color coding should probably not string their own instrument. There are about 3 mfgrs. I use, and this is my old standby.






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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