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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 65 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Long life (6)

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    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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    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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    Not Even Satisfied

    I began using these strings a few years ago when I began experimenting with extreme low tunings; both standard and drop tunings (anywhere between D standard all the way down to drop-G#). ...Read complete review

    I began using these strings a few years ago when I began experimenting with extreme low tunings; both standard and drop tunings (anywhere between D standard all the way down to drop-G#). At the time they were the heaviest set of strings I could find in the town where I live so I put them through the paces for a good long while before I tried other gauges/brands. Now, if strung on a good quality 25.5 scale guitar these strings do okay tension-wise all the way down to drop-A# or even drop-A for doomy, drone-type stuff. I found that if I tuned any lower than that they lost all clarity and definition. On a 24.75 scale guitar, however, drop-B was as low as I could get with them and they honestly didn't sound that great. After a few months of experimentation I found that Drop-C on a 24.75 scale guitar was just about right for this set of strings tension-wise. Later, after settling on drop-B as my main tuning, I found that the .56 bottom just wasn't thick enough to provide the string tension and clarity I need for my playing style. I also found, much to my dismay, that the .56 bottom string broke way too often to be such a thick gauge string which makes me think that the quality of these strings is sub-par compared to other brands I've tried since. I even filed down the string saddle to try and reduce the wear on the string but it didn't seem to help. I've also found that these strings rust and corrode much sooner than other brands I've tried even after I started using a string cleaner after playing. The final complaint I have about these strings is that the plain G string they put into this pack of strings sounds ridiculously bad in any tuning and the lower you tune it the worse it sounds. I imagine it would help if they made it a wound string or at least included a wound string in the pack so you could choose between the two. I've since settled on another brand of string in .10-.60 gauge and I am much happier with the tone, tension and definition compared to the EB not even slinky set.

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    2.0

    Decent strings, with a catch.

    By shoCk!

    from New York

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    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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      5.0

      Big Strings for Real Guitars

      By Sultan of the Six Strings

      from Charlotte

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

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          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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          5.0

          These strings sound so fantastic in A#

          By Guitar Equality

          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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            5.0

            Tune low, sound great.

            By RadZilla

            from South Australia

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            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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              5.0

              Do you love the DethKlok?

              By CAMTRONNNN

              from Danbury CT

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              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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              5.0

              Great for tuning low.

              By Justin_lee2014

              from Union Grove, AL

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              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                I had been using these strings for the past few years now to play in Drop C, Drop B, etc. But the one thing i always hated, was that the G string (26p) is way too thick. at the most it should only be .20p, that way the set would be more balanced and you could bend it easier for solos. if you're going to use this set, maybe you should buy a few plain .20 or .19 strings to replace the .26p with. Nowadays i use the d'addario 11-56 set but im thinking about going back to these.

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                4.0

                Should come with a wound G

                By mouser9169

                from Pearcy, AR

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

                      Now that Gibson isn't making the L5 mediums any more I need a new string set (or I keep ordering custom sets, which gets expensive, even by the box).

                      I play 12, 16, 24/25w, 34, 44, 56 in standard tuning. Absolutely love em for blues and jazz. Yes, they bend just fine. I do have to tune the strat to Eb, but my SG and Ibanez AS do just fine as is. I suppose if I ever try drop D that gauge could handle it as well.

                      I use pure nickel, but I'd give these a try at least.

                      Note to Ernie Ball: Ship the set with both a wound and a plain G string. Looking at the reviews, I'm far from the only one who'd give that a go.

                      A pure nickel set would be nice too ;)

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                      5.0

                      Must have for low tuning

                      By Carl Howey

                      from Michigan

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                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Strong

                      Cons

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

                          I use these strings everytime I want to go to a low tuning. Right now I'm in Drop A# and they are perfect for that tuning. They also work for drop A, but the 6th string feels a little too loose for my taste. The only thing I don't like about these strings is the G string. It just feels kind of off, but it doesn't effect my ability to play so I still give these strings 5 stars. If you really like these strings look into getting the cobalt version. They last longer.

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                          4.0

                          Perfect for Drop C. Except for the g str

                          By Justin_lee2014

                          from Union Grove, AL

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                          Pros

                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                          • G String Is Plain

                          Best Uses

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

                            The only problem with these strings is the G string. in my experience, any g string that goes over 22 needs to be wound, for any scale length gutar. if anything g string over 22 is wound it will have way better tuning stability. other than that these strings sound great and are durable.

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                            3.0

                            My Experience in C Standard

                            By Shannon Frailey

                            from Illinois

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

                            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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