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Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 

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Regular Slinky Electric Strings are Ernie Ball's top-selling set and are favored by many musicians around the globe. Regular Slinky wound strings are...Click To Read More About This Product

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The string that's made for modern guitar.

Regular Slinky Electric Strings are Ernie Ball's top-selling set and are favored by many musicians around the globe. Regular Slinky wound strings are made from a 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.

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 10-13-17-26-36-46.

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Ernie Ball2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.4

(based on 179 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (127)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (58)
  • Consistent (47)
  • Well built / quality (34)
  • Long life (31)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (7)
  • Not consistent (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (35)
  • Back-up (23)
  • Concerts (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (14), Novice (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SWISS ARMY STRING

I hear users complain about these strings sounding dull! That's what's so great about these strings. They sound like doo doo for the first day or so and then wwoooowwww... a dead...Read complete review

I hear users complain about these strings sounding dull! That's what's so great about these strings. They sound like doo doo for the first day or so and then wwoooowwww... a dead string! I like a flat sounding string that's broke in because that's apart of the sound. Great tube amp with juicy tube recipe, great playing-sounding guitar, and skill that you can't buy are your basic needs that are required for this great string that only the whose who use and need! If you want to be a Drug Store Cowboy trying to be a guitar king then here ya go.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap & Interesting but quality could be better

Slinky are interesting strings, having in mind they are one of rare companies who have specially made strings for detuning. That was always attracting to me. I have bought many of their products,...Read complete review

Slinky are interesting strings, having in mind they are one of rare companies who have specially made strings for detuning. That was always attracting to me. I have bought many of their products, including those made for detuning and these regular. Strings are cheap and affordable. But If I compare them to, say, Blue Steel, I can definitely hear and feel the difference. After some time playing Slinky, strings loose their tone a bit, and coating falls off from thiner strings, which irritates me a lot, but doesn't change the sound. So in the end, they are not so good quality and they don't last long, but are interesting to me, and that is strange. I even bought 12 string set for my 12 electric guitar and those strings lasted even shorter, in sound and coating fell of pretty quickly. They would be really GREAT strings if they would combine with quality of blue steel, but I am afraid that is not in their interest, cause, hey, you have to buy new strings each week. The same thing told me in the shop. Well, you know, Blue Steel, you pay - you get---more than a week. Actually, as time passes, they sound more and more better. So there you go. I recommend Blue Steel.

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5.0

Perfect for Standard D tuning

By Josh

from Columbus, OH

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

    I prefer Standard D tuning, and these are just the right gauge to give me just enough tension, and flexibility. 9's are too loose, and 11's feel a little too tight for me. Ernie Ball has been my go-to brand for 20+ years. No complaints here.

     
    5.0

    USA made

    By Badger

    from Nicholson Pa

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

      Great strings great price

       
      5.0

      great

      By Mike

      from n.c.

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

        tone

         
        5.0

        If you need a review of ernie ball slinkys you should quit

        By Joelish

        from Houston, TX

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • My go to humbucker/distortion strings
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Watch out for rust

        Best Uses

        • I've heard you can use them as guitar strings

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

        They're super cheap buy them and see what you think.

         
        4.0

        Good when new and if you change strings often.

        By Willsey

        from Oz

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Outer wrapping can cause rattles on lower string

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

        I really like the feel of slinkies when new and have used them for decades. But I have noticed they don't have a long serviceable life. The outer winding on bottom E will sometimes cause a rattle that sounds like fret buzz when they get older. They still feel good tho and if you change your strings a lot you wont notice this. It's worth pointing out that many new guitars come with D'addarios, but how many do you see that come from the factory with Slinkies??? Hmmmmmmm??

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Have used this brand for several years

        By fordfreak8

        from Tucson AZ

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

          I have used ernie ball regular slinky strings for over 40 years and they are my favorite

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          would not buy again

          By rambow

          from lower alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • these strings will rust in the package

          Cons

          • Poor Tone Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

            i own 12 guitars so i use a lot of strings. i bought a box of 12 sets and to my supprise when i went to use them i found rust on them. so no more of them for me.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Clapton's favorite strings!

            By Manners

            from Kansas

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

              The original promo slogan still true today: Balls are best!!!

               
              3.0

              same ones i bought before

              By who's who

              from glouester county,n.j.

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                i'm not disappointed

                 
                4.0

                Top Notch Strings

                By Glenn

                from Chillicothe, MO

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                Comments about Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                I've never had one bad string from Ernie Ball or Musician's Friend yet. Highly Recommend.

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