• Gift Certificate
  • Track Order
  • Help
  • Feedback [+]
  • Ship To: US Flag
  • Shop All Categories
  • Hot Deals

MF MD HG August Big Sale 07-23-15
Top Rated
Ernie Ball Logo
SKU 
100620 000000000

Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings   

  • Write a Review

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

  • MSRP:
    $8.50
  • Your Savings:
    - $4.21
  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Your Price:
    $429

In Stock & Ready To Ship

  Add to Cart Add to Wishlist
See All Ernie Ball .008 Gauge Electric Guitar Strings
OVERVIEW

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.

    Ernie Ball Videos

  • History and Innovation of Ernie Bal mo3Jrd_oxgY
Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot®

by PowerReviews
Ernie Ball2225 Nickel Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Long life (8)
  • Well built / quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

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.

VS

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.

Reviewed by 43 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

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

By 

from West Virginia

About Me Experienced

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.

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    I am kicking myself!

    By 

    from Perham MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      These are the originals, custom made for

      By 

      from NEW MEXICO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      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?"

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        No effort guitar playing strings.

        By 

        from Westport, Massachusetts

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        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.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          My favorite strings

          By 

          from Coventry ,Rhode Island

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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!

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Best place to buy everything musical

              By 

              from PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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!

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  ok for price!

                  By 

                  from RimRock, AZ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

                    By 

                    from Deltona, FL

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    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.

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      awsome strings

                      By 

                      from wv

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Awsome strings I've used these on every guitar I've played for over twenty years wouldn't consider any other string they stay in tune through all the punishment you can give them and have unbelievable tone and are very responsive

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Extremely Nice For the Price!

                          By 

                          from northeast

                          About Me Novice

                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone
                          • More Coherent Tension
                          • Value Priced

                          Cons

                          • Do Not Squeal Supereasy

                          Best Uses

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

                            Ernie Ball Extra Slinky guitar strings provide a pleasant tone and allow for sick, 3-step bends. Their choice to pair the .008" E with a 0.011" B and 0.014" G allows for some nice, nearly progressive tension (which gets regressive at the low E, but we get what we get).

                            Their high E has already outlasted the high E on sets of Super Slinky and Regular Slinky strings I've used in the past (and it's not a string I use much more than the other 5).

                            Their only negative for me; and it's just personal preference; is that they're not a swirling vortex of high harmonics that produces pinch-harmonics with preternatural ease and demands that the tone knob be rolled back when using a bridge or neck humbucker. For that, Dunlop Reverend Willy's Mexican Lottery Brand extra-light strings is the clear winner. But I can trade that tempest of squealing, little piggies for strings that DON'T go tight; terribly loose; even looser; acceptable; acceptable; acceptable as they increase in thickness. Those 2-3 extra picograms/millimeter to get a squeal are worth the added sanity.

                            So other than the "ugh, they made me work the tiniest wee bit," the Ernie Ball Extra Slinky guitar strings offer a great sound at a great price.

                            Comment on this review

                            Displaying reviews 1-10

                            Back to top

                            Previous | Next »

                            You are changing the Ship-To country.

                            Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.