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Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball Extra Slinky Electric Strings are widely revered for their world-class tone. The wound strings are made from nickel-plated, steel wire wra...Click To Read More About This Product

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Renowned Slinky strings with well-balanced tone.

Ernie Ball Extra Slinky Electric Strings are widely revered for their world-class tone. The wound strings are made 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: 8-11-14-22w-30-38.


You'll definitely feel and hear the difference. Order today.

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Ernie Ball2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Consistent (19)
  • Long life (15)
  • Well built / quality (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

They ARE EXTRA SLINKY

I have been using these strings for 35 years now and while they aren't everybody's cup of tea, they are great stings. For doing bends and stretches you won't find a string that will...Read complete review

I have been using these strings for 35 years now and while they aren't everybody's cup of tea, they are great stings. For doing bends and stretches you won't find a string that will do it easier. But when you are using these they do take a light touch. If you are used to slamming your chords and using alot of pressure on your notes these will reflect that in your sound. These are for more precise playing.

Keep in mind that these are EXTRA Light Gauge, the thinest strings made and they flex like none other. If you are finding that the heavy or regular gauge strings are giving you trouble when doing bends and stretches then these are a good option to try.

If you can use more control in your style you will find that very fast, smooth runs are possible with these strings without nearly as much effort as with the heavier gauges. They also stand up to abuse better because they are more flexable.

Heavy Metal doesn't necessarily mean Heavy Gauge either, Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath) uses light gauge strings to get his sound with and many people use them even in extreme drop tuning. It's really a matter of taste and playing style.

I would also recommend that you make sure your pickups are around 3/8" or so from your strings. I have found that having them too close effects the sound because the magnets tend to pull on the strings and cause the harmonic tuning to sound off when it isn't. Having them close doesn't make them sound louder either because they don't work like a mic, they work by exciting the magnetic field.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for heavy pickers

I bought these strings expecting light strings that were easy to blaze across. I got what I was looking for times eight! That isn't even a good thing by any regards, because I...Read complete review

I bought these strings expecting light strings that were easy to blaze across. I got what I was looking for times eight! That isn't even a good thing by any regards, because I am a heavy picker. I realized that when I bought these strings. I played these strings so hard that I'd need to retune after ever hour or so playing. It got so bad that after awhile the low E started to sound like a rubber band! These strings are perfect if you don't beat the hell out of your guitar when you play it, but if you're looking for fast solo's to hard metal songs, go for a thicker gauge string, because playing the hard parts to those songs will wear these strings down.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

saddle these up!

By Lance Pentland-tWCC4

from Deer Lodge, Montana

Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

I can sway a pork chop like no other! But please, pardon me while I feel the swing when I bend that string. Yeaaa... thats right... your eyes will grow wide and I mean wide when you lean in to these bad boys! Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They ARE EXTRA SLINKY

By Zagan

from Twin Falls, ID

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

    I have been using these strings for 35 years now and while they aren't everybody's cup of tea, they are great stings. For doing bends and stretches you won't find a string that will do it easier. But when you are using these they do take a light touch. If you are used to slamming your chords and using alot of pressure on your notes these will reflect that in your sound. These are for more precise playing.

    Keep in mind that these are EXTRA Light Gauge, the thinest strings made and they flex like none other. If you are finding that the heavy or regular gauge strings are giving you trouble when doing bends and stretches then these are a good option to try.

    If you can use more control in your style you will find that very fast, smooth runs are possible with these strings without nearly as much effort as with the heavier gauges. They also stand up to abuse better because they are more flexable.

    Heavy Metal doesn't necessarily mean Heavy Gauge either, Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath) uses light gauge strings to get his sound with and many people use them even in extreme drop tuning. It's really a matter of taste and playing style.

    I would also recommend that you make sure your pickups are around 3/8" or so from your strings. I have found that having them too close effects the sound because the magnets tend to pull on the strings and cause the harmonic tuning to sound off when it isn't. Having them close doesn't make them sound louder either because they don't work like a mic, they work by exciting the magnetic field.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By New Ukelelian

    from Atlanta GA

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    Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

    These are awesome. I love how easily I can bend notes. I'm a beginner so that means something. Playing on strings this light for the first time is crazy because i felt like i only barely had to touch the strings. I recommend trying a set out. be very careful putting them on the first time, they are super thin.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    can you see it?

    By Louie Louie in P.V.

    from Mexico

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    Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

    I have been playing extra slinkys since I was a kid. The ease of playability makes you wonder if the high e is even there. Ive used them on my explorer, kramer pacer, charvel, les paul, and my old gibson s-1 (ever seen one of those?) for years with nothing but great results. I have strayed a few times in the past 25 yrs, but always end up with the extra slinkys again for overall comfort and reliability. My sons both prefer supers, but they are young and stupid :) they will see the light someday.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I use these on every electric guitar I own

    By Blues girl

    from Cape Cod

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    Pros

    • can bend the hec out of them & they stay in tune
    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

      I am a studio musician and played in several bands in the 70's I own over 100 guitars though I am selling all of the less expensive ones. I have used these strings ever since they came out and evey attempt to change had always ended up with some unforseen problem

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      These are the originals, custom made for

      By Mo' Cowbell

      from Taos, NM

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

        Jimmy Page recommended the use of light guage string to learn with on guitar. I started then and have experimented only to come back to thses! BB King says, "why ya wanna work so hard?"

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        No effort guitar playing strings.

        By Rick

        from Westport, MA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • No Tendonitis
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

          You have to try these strings for yourself. No matter what anyone reviews or says, this is a matter of preference. So I say spend the money and try them. I will relate my personal review now.

          First off Ernie Ball strings are very good strings. I would say that about Curt Magnum, DR, GHS pure Nickels and Fender pure Nickels also. I play pure Nickel strings which are mellow strings btw.

          I normally use .10s and .11s. This was an experiment for me because I went down a rathole one night on the internet reading about what strings "the stars" use. I read what people said and honestly it is entertainment in itself!!!

          If you use 10s or heavier, you will have to adjust your neck, action and intonation. These no getting around that. The tension is very different.

          If you re-adjust your tone settings on your pedals and amplifiers, you'll get a usable tone with these strings. You'll have to play with your pickups also since they respond differently.

          Don't use these strings if you have a heavy picking hand like SRV. If you have a light hand or can switch it up and play softly, try them. DON'T go out and play a gig if you haven't spent some time with them, especially if you are dropping down from 10s or 11s. If you use 9s, you'll probably be ok.

          I am all for playing without tiring and playing without hurting my tendons. Maybe I will stick with these OR NOT.

          I have them on a PRS Custom 22 SE. I use 2mm V-picks. You had better use light picks with these strings. I switched to a Fender medium.

          So I use 11s when tuned down a half step. 10s up to pitch.

          If you have tendonitis from playing guitar 3 or 4 hours a day for 50 something years, these will be a refreshing change and you may not have any pain whatsoever.

          These are certainly the strings to use on a guitar that has a neck issue where the truss rod won't handle 11s or 10s. Nowadays, necks don't seem to be made to handle the medium or heavy gauge strings that I grew up with.

          Whatever I say doesn't matter. When it comes to strings, you will have to try them yourself and decide if they work for you or not. I purchased four sets to try on numerous guitars. I may get up enough nerve to use them at a gig.

          These may be strings to put on student guitars so they don't get discouraged.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My favorite strings

          By Joey G.

          from Coventry ,Rhode Island

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          Pros

          • Easy on the fingers
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

              what a difference in the tone and playabilty on my deluxe strat. eric Clapton,jimmy page, and slash can't be wrong!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best place to buy everything musical

              By Xena

              from PA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fast Shipping
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Good low price strings - all my hubby and son use!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  ok for price!

                  By JC

                  from Verde Valley, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                    last only a month or so for me but I gig every week as a pro musician...that being said for the price not bad

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

                    By rock on bob

                    from Deltona, FL

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                      Can't beat them been using them for 28 years.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Pick some up today!!!

                      By Drummergirl2112

                      from Atlanta, GA

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                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I've been playing guitar for a few years and I've used many different strings on many different guitars. I usually use Super Slinkys on both of my guitars but I decided to try Extra Slinkys on my PRS. It's amazing!!! I play classic rock so bends and flexibility are pretty important, and these strings let me do everything!!!! With the 8 gauge on the High E, I can bend 2 full steps on the higher registers. Amazing!!! I would definitely recommend them.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AMAZING

                      By Tristan Boyer

                      from Iowa

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                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                      These strings are awesome! They are well worth it! Once they are tuned in,,, it will take a lot of bending to put them out of place. It's a no-brainer! If you want very HIGH quality strings,,, get these! You will NOT be sorry.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Greased Lightning!!

                      By -C. E.

                      from Dundee, MI

                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I've been playing for 30 years on numerous incredible instruments and have tried *too many* strings. These are the very next thing to direct thought transfer - you can hardly ask for more! My suspicion is that many of the guys who are having trouble with these are dropped-D players who have damaged their bridge saddles and nuts by beating severely on heavier strings... Plus, strike any string hard enough and it will eventually go non-linear; light gauge faster than heavy. Lower tension strings require a bit of attention to detail to set up, but it's well worth it!! -Thanks to Ernie Ball for the **great** product, and thanks to this site for carrying it!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great strings

                      By cameron goebel

                      from Flatwoods, ky

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                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                      just an amazing product with a great price
                      theae are great except i usually use strings with some coating
                      these strings are amazing, they have much more tone than i expected
                      the price is awesome

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      These are Great Strings

                      By Kathy LaBarge

                      from Iowa

                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                      These are Great Guitar Strings !
                      I buy these strings for my husband and daughter. They change strings once a week so we go thru alot but only use these strings for there bending quality and all around great durability !
                      I reccomend highly !!

                       
                      5.0

                      My Favorit String for 50 years

                      By Fish Guitar

                      from Boone Iowa

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                        I own 8 electrics .. these strings work great for me .. started using them when they first came out

                         
                        5.0

                        best for hard tails

                        By frankysp

                        from Westport, ct. 06880

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                            i have diabetes and my fingers hurt pressing down the strings i can't fel them to apply the tone i lijke hopfully these or nylon strung classical guitar will put me back on guitar

                             
                            5.0

                            The Best to Me

                            By Fish Guitar

                            from Boone Iowa

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                              Have been playing guitar for over 50 Years have been using Ernie Ball strings for as long as I can Remember

                               
                              5.0

                              Great sound

                              By Gman

                              from Ft Mitchell Kentucky

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone

                              Cons

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                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                                Used at gigs always sounds good

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