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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 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (18)
  • Well built / quality (18)
  • Consistent (16)
  • Long life (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (7)

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

ill buy this again

By dle

from cambridge mn

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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 use them on my guitar. they're perfect for me.

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    2.0

    As other say, that .024" is not right

    By Brian

    from Boston, Ma

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Tone Quality

      Best Uses

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

        Tension seems good in C tuning but the 3rd sting (.024") sounds absolutely terrible. I won't buy these again.

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        4.0

        5 Perfect Strings, 1 Dud

        By Rich

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Unwound 24 sounds bad

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        I play doom metal and tune down to B standard. I love everything about this string set, EXCEPT the unwound third string. It's way too bright and twangy compared to the others. So I wind up buying a nickel wound 24 and replacing it. With the replacement string, this set is absolutely perfect for my needs - warm, toneful, and full of sustain.

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        5.0

        Ernie Ball #1

        By Gregan

        from undisclosed

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

        I use Ernie Ball exclusively.

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        5.0

        Yup They Rock.

        By czyfox

        from Perry GA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          There is not much to say about them. I tune to C and they are smooth, defined and clear. Perfect for drop tuning..

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          5.0

          Great!

          By Harry'o

          from Nc

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Great product. Tunes
              Perfectly.

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              5.0

              10/10 Best Strings for Baritone

              By x_doseofpoison_x

              from Apex, North Carolina

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              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:

                I use Ernie Ball Nickel Not Even Slinky every day on my baritone guitar. These strings deliver power from another universe. My playing sounds better every time I plug in my Baritone

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                5.0

                Best for Drop A#

                By ATmetal

                from Rosewell, NJ

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  Best strings for playing music like In Flames, Caliban, All That remains do)

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                  5.0

                  strings are awesome would recommend to every guitar player

                  By matt the guitar slinger

                  from davenport iowa

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  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:

                    i use these in standard tuning on my stratocasters and they sound great! very easy to bend and they stay in tune great!

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                    5.0

                    Incredibly Versatile, Still Full Of That Slinky TONE!

                    By Ryan

                    from Short Hills, NJ

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                    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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