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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...Read More

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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 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.

The string that's made for modern guitar.

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Ernie Ball2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.4

(based on 163 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (46)
  • Consistent (37)
  • Well built / quality (29)
  • Long life (23)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (25)
  • Back-up (17)
  • Concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Professional musician (12), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great strings

Well, this string is my choice for a pretty long time. I like the tone that it gives to me and I also fint it easy to play on this strings. But these...Read complete review

Well, this string is my choice for a pretty long time. I like the tone that it gives to me and I also fint it easy to play on this strings. But these apply only when the strings are new (mostly 1 or 2 weeks). After some time passes, the tone gets lost and the strings get very rusty (if it is a problem for you). Actually this might be caused by the city I live which is very humid.
About strength, I have never seen any of this strings broken (I haven't seen also in 0.09 set) so it makes me feel free while bending wildly.

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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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1.0

DONT BUY THESE!!

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from Rockford

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Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy
    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

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

      These literally broke has I tried restringing my guitar last night. I was in the middle of tuning it to Standard E and it snapped.

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      1.0

      I will never buy these strings again.

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      from Virginia

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy
        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

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

          So I purchased 3 packs of these strings. I usually use the skinny top heavy bottom strings, but i figured i would give this a try. I put the strings on and every string went into perfect tune except for the A string which broke. I then opened another pack got the A string put it on and it broke as well. Thinking third times the charm I put the third A string on and yet again it snapped. There is no fault with my guitar because after doing this I put a GHS A string on my guitar and it worked perfectly. Only twice in my ten years of playing have I had a string break from a brand new pack. This is unnacceptable.

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          5.0

          great for rock

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          from South Charleston,WV

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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:

            I use Slinkys on my Les Paul custom,they last long,great for bends great tone.

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            4.0

            good strings for a good price

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            from nc

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                For all the fuss there seems to be about strings, these play good enough, especially if you are on a budget and replace strings on a regular basis. They sound good.

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                5.0

                All good!

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                from Gloucester, MA

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

                Good product, fast delivery, no problems.

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                5.0

                Balls are best

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                from Orange Park, FL

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    great strings, great price.

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                    4.0

                    Unique

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                    from Florida

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Practicing

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

                      Well sealed. Not the best blues sound, but still a good sound.

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                      5.0

                      Amazed!

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                      from Scottdale, PA

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Product
                      • Quick And Free Postage

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Pure enjoyment

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

                      I love this product. I couldn't believe how fast it arrived and the free shipping was fantastic! Thank you so much.

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                      5.0

                      Sounds Good...

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                      from Payson, Arizona

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Very reasonable on the price!!

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                          5.0

                          Great Strings

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                          from Orem, UT

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

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

                            I have been a long time user of the super slinky strings but found that a couple of my guitars were too slinky and felt all over the place. Switching them to regular slinky strings made a big difference in string tension and playability. Great feel!

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