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Slinky strings ideal for rock or blues.

Ernie Ball Power Slinky Electric Strings are a perfect match for those who like chunky rhythms for rock 'n' roll or for blues. Power Slinky strings have long been favored by Slash, Metallica, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd due to their thicker gauge combination, providing a slightly more powerful tone.

Power Slinky wound strings are made from nickel-plated, steel wire wrapped around a hex-shaped steel core wire. Power Slinky plain strings are made of specially tempered, tin-plated, high-carbon steel, producing a well-balanced tone for your guitar.

All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and the most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance, and long life.

Ernie Ball is a pioneer of rock and roll guitar strings. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, and Slash are among the long list of Slinky players.

Gauges: 11-14-18-28-38-48.


The time to realize you should have bought a pile of strings is not when you're onstage. Order now and rest easy.

 
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Ernie Ball2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.5

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally, some Ernie Ball strings that I like!

Normally I hate Ernie Ball strings - they go flat in less than a week, they're too flappy, and they always end up with that twangy sound, which in my case is not...Read complete review

Normally I hate Ernie Ball strings - they go flat in less than a week, they're too flappy, and they always end up with that twangy sound, which in my case is not preferable. I'm happy to say that these really changed my mind about the brand. I bought these because they came in the same gauge as the flatwounds I use on my other guitar - sometimes you just want that brighter sound. Even after a couple of months of playing they're still sounding good, a little twangy but nothing that a little distortion won't fix for me.

With the 11-48g these are obviously made for drop-tuners. Drop-D is all well and good, but I've used them to drop a guitar's tuning down to B-to-b, and it still sounds great - intonation is still good, they're a little slack but it doesn't buzz, just takes on a neat chorus-y effect.

Pretty much if they can do that and turn your guitar into a whole new animal as a baritone, I'd say they're worth it.

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Ernie Ball Strings

These strings are like a stick of gum. Great at first, but quickly lose their flavor.I used to use Ernie Ball strings always, their price is nice and they do sound great when...Read complete review

These strings are like a stick of gum. Great at first, but quickly lose their flavor.I used to use Ernie Ball strings always, their price is nice and they do sound great when they're brand new. However I started to notice how quickly I'd have to replace them to keep sounding good, so I decided to try out D'Addario strings as a replacement. I don't like the feel of the webbed strings and the D'addarios were in the same price range as the Ernie Balls. I don't think I've ever broken a string while playing, so this is not a problem for me. The D'addario strings sound the same, but last longer. I find myself changing strings half as frequently since I switched.All in all the Ernie Ball strings are still good if you don't go through strings very often. However I recommend the D'addario if you seem to have problems keeping them sounding new.

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5.0

BEST ELECTRIC STRINGS EVER!!!

By MetalMan97

from Peculiar, MO

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

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    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    Great strings, great price! You can't go wrong with these strings! I'm never going back!

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    These aren't the strings you're looking for, Luke.

    By Olddog - New Tricks

    from Western Pa.

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    A heavy, lifeless string.
    I have a tweaked Affinity Strat with Mighty Mite SSS pickups and pots and a blocked trem. I recently bought this inexpensive guitar to re-aquaint myself with an electric - after several years of playing accoustic only. These were recomended in a review I read for the pickup set. The sound was described as "really coming alive." I went from a 038/009 Hendrix set to these and they really muddied up the sound. Lost a lot of the Strat "quack". More of a jazz sound. Not for me.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally, some Ernie Ball strings that I like!

    By G. Everett

    from Winnipeg

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    Normally I hate Ernie Ball strings - they go flat in less than a week, they're too flappy, and they always end up with that twangy sound, which in my case is not preferable. I'm happy to say that these really changed my mind about the brand. I bought these because they came in the same gauge as the flatwounds I use on my other guitar - sometimes you just want that brighter sound. Even after a couple of months of playing they're still sounding good, a little twangy but nothing that a little distortion won't fix for me.

    With the 11-48g these are obviously made for drop-tuners. Drop-D is all well and good, but I've used them to drop a guitar's tuning down to B-to-b, and it still sounds great - intonation is still good, they're a little slack but it doesn't buzz, just takes on a neat chorus-y effect.

    Pretty much if they can do that and turn your guitar into a whole new animal as a baritone, I'd say they're worth it.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best

    By RP

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    Ernie Ball's are the only electric strings I use, and this is the set I use for my mostly dirty blues rythmn playing.

    Slash says that Ernie Ball's are the strings he ever plays. If They are good enough for the guy who can play whatever he wants to whenever he wants to, I'll take that endorsement to heart.
    At that price point you can use and abuse these things forever!

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    5.0

    Ernie Ball Power Slinkys

    By Joe

    from Santa Barbara, CA

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    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    I use these strings on all my guitars except for my SG which I have Not Even Slinkys on. I love these for my Strat and Epiphone Casino. I switched to these because Regular Linkys just got too easy for me so I stepped it up and these are perfect. They have a nice fat tone and they are easy to bend. I'm a blues player so I pick pretty hard so I need heavy gauge strings and heavy gauge picks. These fit the bill perfectly. They sound incredible with that Clapton Mid boost circuit.
    They last forever

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Strings at a Great Price

    By Mistaken89

    from Covington, GA

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    Bottom line: Ernie Ball is the way to go. I use Power Slinkys for guitars tuned "2 steps down", Regular Slinkys for "Drop C" and "1 1/2 Steps down", Super Slinkys for "Drop D" and "Standard"
    many of the strings I've tried felt rough, but to me Ernie Ball Strings feel smooth like coated strings.
    I've been using them for 7 years and I have never broken a string while playing.
    Love the price, if I went to a local store I would be paying a few dollars more + gas money

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    5.0

    best for...well...anything!

    By Dan Brantner

    from Durand, Wisconsin

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    I really reccomend these!
    obviously, these are just strings, but they give you such an amazing tone. Its a pretty bright tone (which i like). I use these on my ltd. viper, which I always have in Drop D (DADGBE)
    Ive had just one set on for about 3 or 4 months now, and they havent worn out at all! Thye sound like I just put them on yesterday.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great strings, but 1&2 strings break too quickly

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    I bought 2 packs of these strings about four months ago and both 1 and 2 strings broke. The three, four , five and six strings are great and I still have all those strings from both packs. Good buy but you're gonna have to replace first two strings often.

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    5.0

    Love 'Em

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    These strings are awesome for me. I liked GHS Boomers for a while until a friend of mine tried the Skinny-Top-Heavy-Bottom ones. For starters I went with the Regular then got these which are my favorite. The last time I broke them were over a month compared to GHS which IS a month and I play a bit aggressively on them. I use these strings a lot now and I don't think I ever got any issues with them. So far they are my favorite and I might try those Skinny & Bottom ones some time.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Feeling for 11-48

    By Midnite Rocker

    from Mauritius

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings:

    Ernie ball has a great reputation in the feel of a string, the silkyness, the smoothness and the ease of playing and I can clearly say that this can be felt when i play these strings. I was a bit skeptical at first because I always used 10-46 or 9-42 d'addarios, dean markleys and dunlops before and I had never tried such a gauge. My guitar is a copycat strat but I changed everything so now its sounds like a real strat. With a maple body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, these strings compliment the guitar beautifully, the lows are there for that chuggin metal and not too boomy like some mahogany bodied guitars and the highs sing beautifully. The only problem I've had is that when I tried to get them to standard tuning, my vintage tremolo started to lift, even if I tightened the springs, so instead, I tuned down half a step. Running it into a digitech rp 250 and a dimebucker, any kind of tone is possible, from the mellowness of jazz, full and clear clean tone and screaming lead tones for metal. The tone is great, very organic but I must say that it lacks a little bit of power compared to the brands I've mentioned above as pinch harmonics are a little harder but still very possible and clear when it comes out well.Overall, I would highly recommend them for the metalhead and jazz player alike. I don't understand how some people can go through strings so quickly, it's not the case for me. During the first two weeks, I played a show and even after that, it still had that new twang when played unplugged! only after a month, it started breaking in nicely, with a nice, round full tone and it also keep their tuning well as i alternated between half a step down E and half a step down drop D. I play a lot of Metallica, Lamb of God and Iron Maiden and they give great tone everytime for anything.

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