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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...Read More

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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 51 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (18)
  • Consistent (15)
  • Long life (13)
  • Well built / quality (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10), Experienced (8)

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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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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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5.0

Slinky

By Don

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

Put this on a Strat ! WOW

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5.0

yes

By DENNIS

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Comments about 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

Great strings for my electric guitars....and I have 13 of them. Easy to bend, stay in tune and give a full sound.

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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

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    5.0

    Iwould recommend and purchase this product.

    By Anthony

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

    Always have used Ernie Ball Strings, great price for them.

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    5.0

    Strings that can shred and rock!!!

    By Jukebox

    from Chicago, Illinois

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

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

      These strings are great! Some people say that you need to use heavy strings for a heavy sound they are wrong!!! Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath use light strings because of his terrible hand accident. You just have to e.g. your sound on how heavy you want it. Light gauge strings will make you play faster because of better string response. plus they won't kill your hands. I've been playing for 50 years... I know...

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      5.0

      Only guitar strings I use.

      By Dale

      from WV

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigs, recording, rehearsal

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

        These strings suit my style of playing. Easy on the fingers, love the tone, easy to bend, harmonics etc

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        5.0

        Great strings

        By Brad

        from South Carolina

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          I've been using these strings for about 8 years now. Started out using the regular slinky and found that I prefer these instead. If you're looking to buy strings and not sure what you're looking for, I recommend you try these out and see if you like 'em or not. Pretty much just a matter of preference to each musician. I like these simply because they're lightweight so they won't tear up my fingers as bad and it makes a difference in my tone. I play speed metal in standard tuning so lighter strings gives me more clarity, now if I wanted to play in a lower tuning then I'd go with the regular slinky (10-13-17-26-36-46). You can typically get about 40 hours of playtime with these before you need to change them out (again depends on your preference of sound).

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          5.0

          I love these strings!!

          By Kenneth

          from Georgia

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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 use a Floyd Rose tremolo. They sound great, stay in tune and take the abuse and keep going!

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            5.0

            I've used these strings for over 40 years. They're the best

            By Mike S.

            from West Virginia

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Playing

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

              I've tried others but always come back to these.

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              5.0

              I am kicking myself!

              By Gary

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Ease of playability
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Recording

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

                I wish I had started buying these lighter strings years ago! BB King once told Billy Gibbons that he's working too hard with those heavy strings. I guess I should have listened sooner. I have trouble with tennis elbow, and this helps a lot in making it easier to play, and especially rhythm. Leads are easier, and bends are easier, although I have to watch it or I'll over bend. It'll take a little while to get used to them, but I'm definitely buying these from here on out. I can't speak for the long life of these strings, so time will tell if that is the case. I see no reason why they wouldn't last as well as nines or tens.

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