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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 139 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (27)
  • Consistent (23)
  • Well built / quality (20)
  • Long life (17)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Back-up (11)
  • Concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

my experience

nice things first, i've never broke one of these strings playing them and I play really fast every string brand will break at the machine heads every now and then so i wont complain...Read complete review

nice things first, i've never broke one of these strings playing them and I play really fast every string brand will break at the machine heads every now and then so i wont complain about that, sure they die quick and lose newness fast but the bright clean sound you get out of them is worth it, they're cheap , individually wrapped and the only way they can improve is color coding the strings like D'Addario. These I'm moving away from as styles change but trying various sizes of these they havent let me down. We're paying for what we're getting which I've mentioned and if you switch strings every 2 weeks these are for you , I play 3+ hours a day to come up with the every 2 weeks thing but I do recommend these much more than fender super bullets , no name brands like Agile has and Long and Mcquades cheap brands.
I'm giving the features a 5 for the fact that there is 6 strings in it! yeah that and they're individually packed with the string sizes on them like D'Addario , Dean Markley and so forth.
I had the worst experience with these the first time around the high E (a 12) broke when I put it on the first time i put grover tuners on my a guitar and didn't look at these for at least 2-4 years , yet the loyalty some have to these strings is incredible, I've bought way more packs of them but still to be honest they don't stay new sounding as long as the other brands out , they go dead sounding faster to my ears as well as a few friends quicker than most brands that are name brand
we're paying for what we're getting , these strings are great for harmonics , a very bright sound so if you're playing a maple necked guitar and afraid of those dastardly steel strings like blue steel strings (nothing wrong with regular dean markleys) these are for you. They sound great in other tunings besides standard which is crutial and hold their tuning pretty well on fixed bridge guitars.

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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

Best Yet!!!

By Slugmasterhorrorcon

from Blasdell,NY

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    When I first played these strings I thought that I had accidentally bought a set of acoustic strings because I was playing without my amp and the sound was clear and strong!! The sustain was awesome!!! Of course they weren't acoustics the were Ernie Ball slinkys!! I like the gauge but I think I'm going to try a little lighter gauge next time but that isn't a knock on these strings it is just personal preference!!! As I said the tone and sustain is awesome!!!

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    5.0

    Reliable

    By road dog bobby

    from Fort Worth Tx . (when I'm home)

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      As per usual MF shipped the order in a timely manner.

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      5.0

      there great

      By tim

      from clearfield 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:

        I have experimented with many brands of strings through out the years.. ernie ball is what i started with 13years ago. and after usin GHS strings for a few years and experimenting with many other brands. I came back to these they sound good, they seem to last the longest, which is the two things i need.. i have severl guitars now and i need something that doesnt break so easy so i dont always have to worry about changing strings.. its the one thing i hate doing..

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        1.0

        Horrible shipping

        By Bryan

        from Columbia, MO

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

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

            This review isn't about the strings, but more in the manor they were delivered in.

            I live 3 hours from the shipping facility for musician's friend. Most of my orders have gotten here within 2-3 days at max, but this one took TWO WEEKS to arrive!! The tracking number that I was provided with never worked, and the call-center staff never were able to track the package. I had to wait 10 days before they opened an investigation on the products I ordered, and was told that I just had to wait it out. No compensation was offered for my trouble. I think I'll just pick up a pack at my local shop next time...

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            5.0

            i would buy this product again and again

            By guitarman

            from north east maryland.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

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

              first time i tried the regular slinky i was impressed with the action i can bend a note as high as i want and as many time's as i want and it stay's pretty much in tone'i am sold love them'beside's if they are good enough for mr. clapton then they are sure good enough for me.

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              5.0

              Trusted, tried and true

              By bluesman

              from Mt. Shasta, CA

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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 have used this brand of strings since my high school days(over 30 Years). What the heck if they are good enough for Eric Clapton they're bound to be good enough for me.

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                5.0

                fresh strings

                By road dog bobby

                from Fort Worth Tx . (when I'm home)

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                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

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

                    What can I say about EBSlinkys ... I love the way these strings sparkle when new . I've been using these for some time now and usually regret every time I use any other kind of string for what ever reason . I like the fact MF ships them to the gig in a timely manner.Sometimes I'll order them a week in advance of a date and call the venue to inform them I expect a package there and receive them when I arrive to perform . If it's not broke don't fix it so I'll continue to order and use these strings .

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                    5.0

                    The Best

                    By Darcat

                    from Jeffersonville IN

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                    Pros

                    • Easy Action

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Lead

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

                      I am a long time customer and Musician's Friend has the best choices and the best prices on anything you are looking for.

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                      5.0

                      The only strings I need

                      By Johnny

                      from Virginia

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

                            I have tried a bunch of strings, and I always come back to this one. Ernie Ball is as good as any brand out there, and the regulars feel the best to me. If you like a lighter string, buy the super slinkys, they feel and sound good too, just a little thin for my taste. I will likely buy a bunch more of these regular slinkys. I have paid twice as much for other strings and they weren't any better.

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                            5.0

                            Musicians Friend,Always A Winning Choice

                            By Darcat

                            from Jeffersonville IN

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Great Playability
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Playing Lead
                              • Practicing

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

                              I am a long time customer of Musicians Friend and through the years every purchase has been a great experience and the quality is the best! I buy guitars and all accessories and they never let me down. I am a customer for life!

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