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Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings

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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 h...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

(based on 74 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally, some Ernie Ball strings that I like!

By G. Everett

from Winnipeg

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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.

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointed

By Old Man

from Elijay, Ga

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Hold Tuning

Cons

  • Stiff

Best Uses

  • Practicing

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

These strings have good tone and hold tuning on my Strat, but are stiff and require too much pressure to chord. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and my grip is weak so I guess I'll have to go back to ultra lights.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Strings at a Great Price

By Mistaken89

from GA

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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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Feeling for 11-48

By Midnite Rocker

from Mauritius

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

so far so good

By pb

from NC

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  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I purchase the heavier strings for my Gretsch to get a stronger sound when I play with a small combo I am in. It works pretty good. No for bending,, they are kinda old school which I like. I switch back and forth between the .10 .

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      PACK A PUNCH!

      By metalman666-uY0id

      from Longmont, CO

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

      These strings are great because i've had them on my guitar about three months, played 2 gigs and have a 2 hour long practice every weekend and they feel and sound as if I just put them on. Sound good in drop tunes but just as good in regular tune.(not for wussies)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      best for...well...anything!

      By Dan Brantner

      from Durand, Wisconsin

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      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bend, Bend, & Bend and they still don't break!!

      By Danno-n-Jimi-Land

      from Hamilton City, CA

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

      A friend of mine suggested to me to use "Power Slinkys," on my American Series Strat. I have to say I was skeptical at first, because of the larger gauge string set, but after the string change for my Stratocaster, I'll never go back to using wimpy light gauge strings for my Strat again!!! Also, it's nice to have strings that can bend upward of two whole tones, and survive.

      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

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

      By Olddog - New Tricks

      from Western Pa.

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      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.

       
      4.0

      Good for heavy blues

      By HappyStrat

      from California

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          best for players wanting a thick and heavy sound. But not fast. Fingers tired after 2 hours.

           
          5.0

          I use this product offen.

          By none

          from Manchester, Ohio

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            I'm a giging musician, so I use these all the time.

             
            5.0

            Best strings!

            By Nate Oh!

            from Madison, WI

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

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

              Recently switched from Regular Slinky's to Power Slinky's. Loving the fatter tone!

               
              4.0

              Really Good Strings

              By Skinny

              from Tbilisi,Georgia

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Recording

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

                I can say that these strings are great.Great quality,sound,price.For me it is better than Daddario strings.I gave 4 stars because my favourite(5 stars) are Roto Sound.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BEST ELECTRIC STRINGS EVER!!!

                By MetalMan97

                from Peculiar, MO

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  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!

                   
                  5.0

                  great strings

                  By Mitch VanDenBerghe

                  from Rochester NY

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

                  These strings are really quite awesome. They are long lasting and have great tone. Now, when I first got a set and put them on my electric I was inexperienced and uneducated about guitars, and did not know you are supposed to have your guitar set up for what gauge strings you are using, and my A tuner broke because I had to tune it so tight. Now I know and I won't make that mistake again.

                   
                  5.0

                  durable and reliable

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

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

                  I have used Earnie Ball Power Slinky strings for 8 years, and I have found them to have brilliant tone, superior bendability, and incredible longevity. I will not use any other brand of electric guitar strings.

                   
                  5.0

                  Simply the Best

                  By GibsonMan85

                  from Florida

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

                  I have been playing for a solid 8 years now and have only used ernie ball strings. Recently I decided to see what the other companies had to offer. I wasn't impressed. I have gone back to only using ernie ball strings on all of my guitars and I like the Power Slinky sizes for strings the best.

                   
                  5.0

                  Fixxxers Ernie Ball Power Slinky review

                  By Fixxer927

                  from Chowchilla, CA

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

                  I never used ernie ball strings until just a couple months ago. The kind of strings I used was Dean Markley. These strings beat those by a long shot. The quality is so amazing. I never thought that I would get into these strings but I thought is was time to try something new. Sure enough, I fell in love with these strings and will never use any other kind.

                   
                  5.0

                  Secret Weapon

                  By Melodicmonster

                  from Columbia, PA

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

                  I have tried all brands in various gauges (9's, 10's, and 11's) and these are the best strings I have found thus far. My Les Paul sounds so warm AND heavy with the heavier gauge, and playability is hardly affected by the extra string tension. I also use these on my Jackson Dinky, and have no problems with my floating trem.

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