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Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings are widely revered for their world class tone. These strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and most exacting specifications to ensure consistency, optimum performance, and long life. Ernie Ball 8 String 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 10-13-17-30-42-42-54-64-74


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Ernie Ball8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Back-up (4)
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      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    These work just fine

    I usually go with D'Addario strings but MF was out of stock at the time that I purchased my Ibanez RG8, and I wanted some fresh strings assuming that the guitar would come with...Read complete review

    I usually go with D'Addario strings but MF was out of stock at the time that I purchased my Ibanez RG8, and I wanted some fresh strings assuming that the guitar would come with some cheap strings installed. To my surprise, the guitar actually came with D'Addario .09-.64 set of strings on it (probably because not many companys make 8-string set just yet). These strings felt nice and slinky and very much like a set of .10-.46 on a standard scale guitar, which is what I'm used to. But, after a few weeks I started to wonder what the heavier gauge Ernie Ball set would feel like, and it was a sizable difference. The .10-.74 set felt much tighter and much better for playing just straight rhythm guitar and chords, which is kind of why I bought an 8 string to begin with. With these strings installed, the RG8 played and sounded almost more like a short-scale bass, so if you are looking to bend strings and play lead guitar stuff you may be better off with the .09-.64 set (and the lighter strings seem to work better for slapping and popping as well). The strings fit just fine on the 27" scale length, by the way, but I can't comment just yet on how long they last just yet.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bad Move, Ernie Ball.

    I hate giving Ernie Ball a low rating but they really messed up on this one. I would reccommend a set of Labella Crazy 8, while a little more pricey, they don't taper...Read complete review

    I hate giving Ernie Ball a low rating but they really messed up on this one. I would reccommend a set of Labella Crazy 8, while a little more pricey, they don't taper a half inch on the fretboard from the nut. That's what killled it for me, other than that it would be an excellent string.
    I recently purchased a set of these strings because I love Ernie Ball strings. I use an Agile Intrepid 8 string. Don't get me wrong, they're an excellent brand but the taper on the 8th string ruined it for me. While it makes winding on the tuning peg easier, the taper starts way too early. On my first fret half is the thick good part, and the half closest to the nut is tapered. It's unplayable, this string and looks plain silly. I may reccommend tapering further down the scale, since we have 33" to work with, I don't understand why the taper starts so early on down the string. If it were a inch or two further down the string, it would be an excellent rating.
    Ernie Ball makes excellent strings, but the lowest string tapers a half inch from the nut on the first fret.
    While the other strings are playable, the 8th string is not.

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    4.0

    These work just fine

    By Locknutmonster

    from Tulsa, OK

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

      I usually go with D'Addario strings but MF was out of stock at the time that I purchased my Ibanez RG8, and I wanted some fresh strings assuming that the guitar would come with some cheap strings installed. To my surprise, the guitar actually came with D'Addario .09-.64 set of strings on it (probably because not many companys make 8-string set just yet). These strings felt nice and slinky and very much like a set of .10-.46 on a standard scale guitar, which is what I'm used to. But, after a few weeks I started to wonder what the heavier gauge Ernie Ball set would feel like, and it was a sizable difference. The .10-.74 set felt much tighter and much better for playing just straight rhythm guitar and chords, which is kind of why I bought an 8 string to begin with. With these strings installed, the RG8 played and sounded almost more like a short-scale bass, so if you are looking to bend strings and play lead guitar stuff you may be better off with the .09-.64 set (and the lighter strings seem to work better for slapping and popping as well). The strings fit just fine on the 27" scale length, by the way, but I can't comment just yet on how long they last just yet.

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      5.0

      Good Value

      By Hammerhole

      from SC

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

        These are good strings, and come in a matched set so I don't have to piece together a set from individual strings.

        They are lacking in the "brightness" category. I wish the Blue Steel line made an 8 string set

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        5.0

        MY NEW USUAL.

        By RayzerAnarchy88

        from NORTH TAZEWELL,VA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Amazing Strings
        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Life And Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • All Genre
        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

        ive found that these strings hold up in pretty much any setting. from intense practicing, to the stage and pretty much everywhere in between i havent found any problems with these... having said that, i have also found that most of the other companies are harder to bend in excess and lose their life and tone much faster than these strings. if anyone is looking for "the" 8 string pack...i suggest these highly. ive used all the 6 string packs, 7string packs and now the 8 string packs which are on my main guitar and they absolutely hold up. end of story.

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        5.0

        WOW!

        By Leauge of Djentlmen

        from Dyersburg, TN

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

          I use these on my Damien Elite 8 and run through a Peavey 6505 and can i say WOW! These are GREAT! I even lace up a new pack whenever I go on stage! I would recommend these to anyone who plays a 8 string!

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          5.0

          Fantastic Strings

          By awaguitar

          from MN

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fantastic Sounding String
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

          I've always used Ernie ball strings, but I bought these on an impulse not knowing what to expect. I am very surprised at how good these strings sound. I noticed right away they improved my tone substantially.
          I know strings and tone are subject to individual opinion, but I don't think I'll ever use another set for my 7 string guitars,

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          3.0

          not the best, not the worst

          By Steven chamberland

          from 'murrca

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • 7 String Gauge Is Good
          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • 8 String Gauge
          • Weird 8 String Taper

          Best Uses

          • If Gc Is Your Only Option

          Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

          ernie ball still hasn't taken notice to other manufacturers sealed packaging.. still. out of the pack onto my new ibanez rg8 (26.5 inch scale tuned EBEADGBE) the tone was as bright as ernie ball typically is brand new, dulling to a moderately bright after a few hours of breaking in. they play and bend well my only real complaint is the 8th string gauge but given the fact there's currently no better options other than buying a separate top string or top 2... they'll do, i hate to recommend to a friend but there isn't anything better available at the moment :-/

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Only for short scale 8 string guitars!

          By Neostead

          from Santa Rosa,CA

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

              I use these on my Schecter Damien Elite. The scale length is 26.5 inches. Most 8 string guitars users have 27 to 30 inch scale length. These strings are much too heavy for the longer scale lengths; due to the high tension. The Damien Elite 8 comes loaded with these strings in 440 standard. This is great if you are an experienced Jazz player who expects the higher tension. Also these strings are not aggressive like standard "rock" strings. These strings are a strange balance between the two worlds where you can do pretty much both. However because of this most metal players will be disappointed with this fact; because they simply do not feel or act like other strings sets. They are very much heavier and fuller sounding yet lack the ultra high saturation if you will. You can get it but it's a bit different. I would only use this set on a 25.5 inch scale 440 standard if you want a warmer sound. I use these on a 26.5 with the whole guitar tuned a half step down. My biggest complaint with these strings is the 7 and 8th strings are not quite heavy enough. The balance is off a bit where the lows are significantly loose compared to the 1 through 6 strings. The greatest strength for these strings is the fact that they will last a very long time properly maintained.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Taper won't work on 28

              By 6s_and_7s

              from Steel City, AL

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                    Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

                    Like the others said. Tried putting these on a Schecter SLS C-8 EX. The taper on the lowest string (F# for me) doesn't go back far enough and makes it unusuable on a 28" scale.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Bad Move, Ernie Ball.

                    By Michael Johnson

                    from Kansas, USA

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

                    I hate giving Ernie Ball a low rating but they really messed up on this one. I would reccommend a set of Labella Crazy 8, while a little more pricey, they don't taper a half inch on the fretboard from the nut. That's what killled it for me, other than that it would be an excellent string.
                    I recently purchased a set of these strings because I love Ernie Ball strings. I use an Agile Intrepid 8 string. Don't get me wrong, they're an excellent brand but the taper on the 8th string ruined it for me. While it makes winding on the tuning peg easier, the taper starts way too early. On my first fret half is the thick good part, and the half closest to the nut is tapered. It's unplayable, this string and looks plain silly. I may reccommend tapering further down the scale, since we have 33" to work with, I don't understand why the taper starts so early on down the string. If it were a inch or two further down the string, it would be an excellent rating.
                    Ernie Ball makes excellent strings, but the lowest string tapers a half inch from the nut on the first fret.
                    While the other strings are playable, the 8th string is not.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    these strings are great

                    By Conscience-38SQS

                    from Humboldt County

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 8-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 10-74:

                    i use these strings on my 7-sting leaving the small string off. they do sound great dropped to G
                    Not all 8-strings are 27scale +. look up the ltd stephen carpenter 208. its a 25.5 scale

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