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Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings

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Nickels are some of the most popular of the Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings. The 2223 Nickel Super Slinky is crafted from nickel-plated, steel wire ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The most popular Slinkys.

Nickels are some of the most popular of the Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings. The 2223 Nickel Super Slinky is crafted from 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: 9-11-16-24w-32-42.


Try 'em. You'll see why countless players rely on Nickel Slinkys.

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Ernie Ball2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 197 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (163)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (60)
  • Consistent (50)
  • Long life (41)
  • Well built / quality (39)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (44)
  • Concerts (32)
  • Back-up (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (15), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply the best strings

I've used many different brands of strings over the years however I finally turned to EBSS's and after using them for just a few weeks now I already kick myself for not going to them...Read complete review

I've used many different brands of strings over the years however I finally turned to EBSS's and after using them for just a few weeks now I already kick myself for not going to them sooner. This is the ultimate go to string for me because of the great tone they give off, their long life and their easiness to bend. I have yet to break one yet and I sometimes get crazy on them with my strumming. From beginners to pros I would at least recommend giving them a try.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not so good

These strings aren't that great. They're not bad, persay, but not that good, either. The tone they have is actually pretty good, although there are a little more lows than I...Read complete review

These strings aren't that great. They're not bad, persay, but not that good, either. The tone they have is actually pretty good, although there are a little more lows than I like. They compare rather closely to Dean Markleys in tone. But after that, they start to fail.These strings don't seem to stay in tune as good as others. I had to stretch Ernie Ball strings more than most other strings I've tried to make them stay in tune. And even then, they don't stay as well as the others. Also, both sets of EB strings I've played have a stiff 'G' string, which I don't like. Also, that same string seems to be a bit quiter than the rest. Maybe it's made like that to offset the Stratocaster pickup poles? I don't know, either way, I would recommend Dean Markley or D'Adarrio strings before these.

Reviewed by 197 customers

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

brighter tone, if that's what you want

By LPJunior

from NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

      Depends on what guitar you put them on... I find them to be brighter sounding than a few other brands. This can be good or bad depending on what you want. If your guitar is already on the bright, trebly side, you might want to try something else like d'addario. If other strings sound too dark, bassy on your guitar, then try these.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      love these

      By David Boyd

      from I'm a Buckeye - but please don't hate me for that

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

      I use these on all my guitars they work great on all of them. The price is right, they bend
      easy, I play a lot of blues ,and have arthritis in my hands so I need easy to bend. They sound great to me, and I have never broken one.
      Been useing these strings for many years . I've tried many othhers but keep coming back.
      for the money they can't be beat.
      Love the way they bend and they stay tuned.
      Why pay more

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply the best strings

      By jrk86

      from United States

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

        I've used many different brands of strings over the years however I finally turned to EBSS's and after using them for just a few weeks now I already kick myself for not going to them sooner. This is the ultimate go to string for me because of the great tone they give off, their long life and their easiness to bend. I have yet to break one yet and I sometimes get crazy on them with my strumming. From beginners to pros I would at least recommend giving them a try.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ernie Ball, nuff' said.

        By Guitarman1969

        from Laurium, Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

          Ernie Ball strings have been my favorite for many years, ok, many, many years. Consistent sound and long lasting, they will always be my "go to" string.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works well w/ the Tele

          By Gtr Mark

          from Apple Vly, Ca.

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            Gr8 sustain and ez to bend.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Can't go wrong.

            By ravenluvstif

            from ashtabula, oh

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

            • All around

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I personally only ever use Ernie Ball Super Slinkies. I absolutely love the sound, the quality, and the consistancy of them. They hold their tuning very well.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Fresh Breath of Air

            By MegaMortFan

            from Douglas, AZ

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            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I've been playing guitar for a few months and although I am not the best player out there, I really do care about my sound. I bought these strings to go on my Dean VX and it sounds like a totally different guitar. The tone is absolutely beautiful and the strings are very durable. I took a chance on these and now I realize that these are the strings I'll be using for a long time. Buy a pack and try them out today!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            About 2223 Nickel Super Slinky

            By Dmitriy Kilishek

            from Russia

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I've been using this strings for about a week, i like them very mach, very smooth feeling. They stay in tune well.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Slinky Indeed.

            By Beatriz Cruz

            from San antonio, Tx

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I bought these strings a couple of months ago, and It is not a bad choice at all. Once i put them in, the next day i used them and they have good sound when using distortion or gain. They are slinky indeed, which allowed me to bend the strings easier than i would normally if i had regular strings on my electric. They were heavier than my usual strings, and for a first time buyer of slinky strings i liked them alot. The only thing that i would say would be a negative is that if you are not comfortable with the easy bending, then these strings are not for you. I like the bending because i play alot of harder rock and metal, but when i first started using the strings it took a little bit of adjustment, which is not completely a bad thing because i'd say when getting new things for anything , it takes adjustment. So it's a good buy if you want to try it, (:

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A revelation..

            By Dumenchleimer

            from Atlanta

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I have used Diaddario XL and Blue Steel strings (all 9 gauge), and these strings beat them all. The strings drastically improved the tone of my guitar both unplugged and amplified. They sustain better and are comfortable to bend. However, I wouldn't recommend them for amplified clean channel. Otherwise, the strings are a great buy and I cannot wait to put them on all my guitars.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pink Slinkys

            By Bennie the Bouncer

            from USA

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            Love the strings; been using them for decades. I have a lot of joint pain and so I try to set up my guitars as light and low as possible -- super slinkys are the best I've found in all these years; they have decent tone that lasts a while, they don't break easily, and they're inexpensive enough to not break the piggity bank.

            Shipping... I went for the free shipping, and I regret that. They came by some horrifying hybrid of UPS and post, and consequently the strings sat for days within 50 miles of me, unmoving, because apparently, the USPS doesn't exactly give he highest priority to packages UPS drops off on their doorstep. No wonder they can't make money.

            Anyway, next time I'll happily pay for "pure" UPS shipping, and I'll get them on time like I do all the rest of my stuff from Muscian's Friend, I'll be able to track them all the way, and so forth. You gets what you pays for.

            I highly recommend both the Slinkys and Musician's Freind. It's not their fault that USPS sucks like a vacuum cleaner jacked into 240 VAC.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yes

            By John

            from Louisiana

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            My favorite strings of all time, I have tried many different brands and I always come back to these!!!!!!!!!!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy these over and over.

            By Randy

            from undisclosed

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I been using these for more years than I want to say.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I will buy my strings from Musicians Friends from now on.

            By Carlos

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

            I ordered the strings I have always used at half the price and it comes to our mailbox. What more can anybody ask for.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome strings

            By Guitarman

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

              I've tried many brand names and found these strings to be excellent for all type of music. Plus awesome price great strings for the money.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love these strings!

              By Funny Farm

              from IN

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              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy on fingers
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Stay Tuned
              • Strong

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Everything

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

              I love these strings and always have. I have tried other brands and wish I never would have. I buy a guitar, try the strings they came with new and always end up using these instead. I use them on electric and acoustic. These give clean crisp tones, bronze acoustic strings sound like they are muted compared to these. You can bend these all day long with no issues. The only other string I would consider are Ernie Ball 10's lol.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Solid EB Performance

              By JazzMan735

              from NYC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                Happy to receive these comped strings from MF as I wait for a backordered product to arrive. Great customer service!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Musician's Friend is exactly right

                By rogeman1950

                from Thaxton Va

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Great Prices Fast Shippin
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                    fast shipping and quality merchandise ...what could be better

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good & playable strings

                    By mlfox

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                    I've been using these strings on my Stratocaster for years. Long lasting, good tone as long as you clean them off, and good playability.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Doesn't get any better for the price..

                    By Ed

                    from Brick, NJ

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                    See all my reviews

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings:

                      For my electric the E.B's are my choice
                      I like the fact that every string is individually wrapped and labeled for ease of installation.

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