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Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings   

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Electric guitar strings that are ideal for drop tuning.

Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky electric guitar strings are perfect for those who like to detune their instrument to lower tuning combinations. Metal fans worldwide have gravitated towards the Not Even Slinky set to give their guitar the optimal gauge combination for Drop D and Drop C tuning. 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: 12-16-24p-32-44-56.


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Ernie Ball2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.5

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Well built / quality (11)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Long life (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For Tuning Low, there's no other way to go!

I'm giving this opinion as someone who plays in C standard. I play everything from rhythm, lead lines, melodies and solos. One thing, anything above C# I wouldn't use these. For...Read complete review

I'm giving this opinion as someone who plays in C standard. I play everything from rhythm, lead lines, melodies and solos. One thing, anything above C# I wouldn't use these. For D I wouldn't use these. In D I use 11-52. That being said, fo C standard they are the perfect string for me. They are heavy, thick, have great tone, not floppy or loose at all. They have the perfect amount of tension in C Standard and I'd say are the equivalent of 10-46 in standard tuning. Before putting these on I was reading a lot of bad things about the .24 G string, and before putting these on had to work up the courage to swap the strings I normally use because of all the bad things I read about the .24 G. Instantly, I realized there was no issue whatsoever with the G. It is thicker than what most people are used to for the G, but honestly, in C standard the tensions is no different than the tension of a 10-46 G string in E standard. I can see how it would be difficult playing that G in D, Eb, E, but in C the tension is lower so it bends very nicely, and because it is thicker, it actually feels better on the fingers (to me at least). For the cost, quality and tone, you can't go wrong.
There strings. How many features do you expect? They are nickel plated. Thick. Heavy. Those are more characteristics than features.
Nothings perfect, so i can't give these a 10, but they are close to perfect for what I do.
For $6.98 a pack, you can't go wrong. Affordable, durable and easy to find anywhere.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

My Experience in C Standard

Unwound strings don't need to be at the same tension as the wound strings as they don't have the mass that warrants the higher tension to prevent flop. that .024p is just too big...Read complete review

Unwound strings don't need to be at the same tension as the wound strings as they don't have the mass that warrants the higher tension to prevent flop. that .024p is just too big for this set and the .056w is just a touch light. If you are tuning to B or C standard get the D'Addario XL148s they are calibrated much better.
I bought this set for a guitar I have set to C standard tuning, which is about the range these are perfect for. All and all they were great... EXCEPT for that 24... WAY too big of a string. The other unwound strings sit at 17.7lbs of tension. that 24 sits at 21lbs which is what sort of tension you would look for in a wound string. It really makes bending a lot more difficult than it should. It SHOULD have a 19-20 on there and it too would sit at 17.7lbs. I have since tried out Beafy slinkys that I like okay but I find them slignly too light and yet they still have a 22 3rd string.

I also found the 56w to be a touch too small. a 58 or 60 would work better

I have since switched to D'Addario XL148 which run 12-16-20-34-46-60 which in C standard give you tensions of (14-14-14-21-21-21) which is really how it is supposed to be in my opinion.
The strings themselves are top notch.
They are strings....

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5.0

Incredibly Versatile, Still Full Of That Slinky TONE!

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from Short Hills, NJ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Low Tunings
    • Practicing
    • Standard Tuning

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

    As a fan of modern and older Pop-Punk bands such as Blink-182, The Story So Far, All Time Low and Four Year Strong, as well as metal bands like Bring Me The Horizon who play as low as Drop Bb, I needed a string gauge that could do many tunings. I switched from the Skinny Top, Heavy Bottoms to these about 2 months ago. I was blown away! They hold up well in Standard tuning, and keep tension as low as Drop Bb. They are great sounding and long lasting. My one complaint is that if you bend a lot, the G string will DESTROY your fingers. I don't mind it all too much but it's worth mentioning.

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    5.0

    An Outstanding Set for Low Tunings

    By 

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

      As a player that uses low tunings such as C standard pretty consistently, these strings came as a bit of a surprise to me. Prior to discovering this set, I had been a pretty avid GHS user, rarely stepping out of that realm. However, since GHS does not make a set of strings geared more towards my preferred tunings, I had to venture out and experiment with various other sets. After reading an article about Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age (and seeing as his guitars are generally in C standard tuning using this string set), I gave them a try. I have to say, this might be the most satisfying purchase I've made in a while. These strings are bright and have a beautiful tone, even in those pesky low tunings. I play these mostly through a set of 50's Reissue Stratocasters with extra springs and routed in the bridge with a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker. It's a bit unorthodox, I know. But, through my Marshall JCM 2000 head, the whole rig sounds amazing. And this set of strings has everything to do with it.

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      5.0

      PERFECT SLIDE GUITAR STRINGS !!!

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      from Everywhere

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Slide Guitar

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Slide guitar

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

        I play a lot of slide guitar and have used these for years. I keep the action relatively high on all my slide guitars and these work perfect for slide. They are nice and tight in standard or Eb tuning which lends itself to nicely for slide guitar. I don't fret the notes much but even with the tightness of the strings fretting is still not a problem and the notes while playing slide just ring.

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        4.0

        awesome strings!

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        from Rohnert Park, CA

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Twangy G

        Best Uses

        • Baritone Style Tunings

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

        This is a great set. I tuned my guitar to drop f# and it sustained the tuning like a bass. The only problem with the strings (or string really) is that the g string isn't wound, so it sounds twangy.

        To give an idea of how low these go, here's my tunings:
        F# or G#,C#,F#,B,E,G#
        A,D,G,C,F,A

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good for Ten Years on the Guitar

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        from Downsville, Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

          The clear, tonal response, even after a ten-year duration on my Gretsch, was beyond my expectations. I forced myself to change the strings just to update my guitar logs. They stayed in tune and always produced crisp, sharp tones. If there is a comparable set of these strings suitable for an acoustic guitar I want it!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Decent strings, with a catch.

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          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

          • "twangy"

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

            The strings aren't bad overall. The .24P string is too wide to be plain though. It has a weird twangy sound to it that I find to be really annoying. If that string were wound I think the set would be much better. I'd recommend either buying a separate individual string to replace it or getting a different set.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big Strings for Real Guitars

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            from Charlotte

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                I needed a set of strings to reproduce a heavily Black Sabbath influenced recording (c. Vol 4) that would not thin out in a drop tuning environment, standard for slide playing and standard for thickening the tone and sustain before I got to my amp or effects loop

                I tried out a set of these when I was informed they are indeed made in the USA. Short answer: Oh yeah, oh hells yeah!

                The increased tension in the neck might make these strings unsuitable for some players. I'm on a neck though body Gibson SG and have been holding solidly in tune (E=329Hz. A=440Hz, etc).for over a week with no loss. When you put these string on you will need to stretch them with a string stretching tool or by bending the string left to right, right to left with your thumb and finger from the nut to the bridge to keep them in tune, go down the string in 1/2" increments and repeat until you run out of string. Many players put on a set of strings and break as they go, try this and see how much less you have to tune in the overall lifespan of the string, i break in all my strings with this method and it works wonders.

                I would NOT use these for guitars manufactured with inexpensive components (e.g. knockoffs and starter kit guitars) as you will go out of tune due to the lack of strength on the wood used to build and the tuning pegs which are usually very cheaply produced from inferior metals with shoddy gears and posts and truss rods that are misaligned and/or made form inferior components.

                Once on these strings sound big, (e.g. yo mama big), the fatter tone and sustain going to these from light and medium gauge .9/.10 - .42/.48 is immediately noticeable and leaving yourself in standard tuning will be much more of a workout on your fret hand, but the payoff is the tone and sustain you can get from the increase in string mass and tension.

                For the negative reviews I'd be interested to see what kind of guitars these strings are being set up on and what the manufactures recommend. I'm planning on putting the other set of these on a G&L ASAT (AKA Telecaster 2.0) for heavy blues slide and I will observe if that stays in tune as well.as it's a 4 bolt neck, but if your gear is not very good to begin then don't expect adding that much more tension to an inexpensively made guitar to behave like a quality instrument.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                These strings sound so fantastic in A#

                By 

                from Durham, NC

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                Pros

                • Can Range For E To D
                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Hard Rock
                  • Metal
                  • Practicing
                  • Rhythm

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've been playing with regular slinky's for a while, and these are by far superior for what I'm playing. I play drop tune for almost everything, my sound is a mix between A Day To Remember and Bring Me The Horizon.

                  Right now I'm playing a song in A# and these are like a gift from heaven. Their tone is beautiful and consistent and sooo easy to bend.

                  These sound great on my 3/4 guitar as well.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Tune low, sound great.

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                  from South Australia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Harmonics
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                    If you play down tuned heavy stuff you really can't go past these, I play in C# standard through a tube amp with the mids cranked and there's a richness that cuts through the distortion that you simply won't get with anything lighter. Don't believe people who say the G is too hard to bend, I can bend up major 3rd with little effort in C#.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Do you love the DethKlok?

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                    from Danbury CT

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Brutal Durability
                    • Killer Tone
                    • Sick
                    • The Best For Downtuning
                    • Thick

                    Cons

                    • Too Metal

                    Best Uses

                    • Chops For Brutes
                    • Facemelting
                    • Insane Dive Bombs
                    • Metal
                    • Shredding
                    • Shreddingaround4bnpers

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                    I just can't review these strings highly enough for the metal heads, or guys who are interested in experimenting/playing with lower and/or altered tunings. These strings are so well balanced it makes me want to practice the most technical and carpel-tunnel inducing DethKlok passages. They are so durable, they can withstand an iron willed musician who practices 8+ hours day.

                    They feel and play like butter that weigh fifteen tons. They sound like money that's been shot out of a cannon with C4 attached to it set to explode upon resonant decay. Harmonics are incredible and transform any guitar/ist into a star instantly. Versatility is incredible and unique.

                    I LOVE this product. HIGHLY recommend

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