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Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings  

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Made from nickel-plated steel wire wrapped around tin-plated hex-shaped steel core wire. By far the most popular, produces well balanced all around g...Read More

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Made from nickel-plated steel wire wrapped around tin-plated hex-shaped steel core wire. By far the most popular, produces well balanced all around good sound.


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2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings

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Ernie Ball2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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5.0

My new favorite Ernie Ball strings

By DimHelmet

from Lincoln, IL

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

      I bought these strings because I like to play with a low action, and most string sets aren't able to keep enough tension on the B-string to prevent fret buzz. The Power Slinkies did the trick!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unique gauge, great tone.

      By Thrillhouse

      from Chicago

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Balanced
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

      • Hard On Fingers

      Best Uses

      • Playing Bass

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

      I am very particular when it comes to my five string bass strings, much more so than with four string sets. I often find that most five string sets have a boomy low-B but a thin sounding G or sometimes the E through G sound fine but the B is weaker by comparison. In other words, the string-to-string balance is very poor.

      These strings however, are the most balanced I have heard. I get a pretty equivalent bass response from the B all the way to the G. This is because the B is a 135 which gives plenty of bass and enough tension not to get floppy and the D and G strings are a 70/50, respectively. This is like having a heavy gauge high-end and a medium gauge low-end. This offers the perfect balance of tensions/bass response that I have found in any strings I have tried to date.

      These strings also seem to last a fairly long time. I can easily go months without changing and not notice a huge drop-off in my tone. One drawback to these strings is that because the gauges/tensions are a little higher than normal for the D/G, it can put some extra strain on your fingers during longer sessions of play. However, you tend to get used to it after a while. Also they are pretty cheap for a heavier gauge five-string set.

      I refuse to use any other strings on my fiver (25th Anniversary Music Man HH). If you're interested in even bass response from string to string and from end to end on the fretboard, then check these out.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Doesn't fit a Schecter Stiletto Deluxe-5

      By Eatatjoe's

      from Nebraska

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            Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

            Got these in the mail, and to my surprise, the low B doesn't fit in the hole in the bottom of the bridge! Don't know if this is normal or not, but Musician's friend was good though. Sent out some new ones free of charge. That's why I order from these guys!

            Exchanged for some Ernie Ball "Super Slinky's". The Low B was a very tight fit, but it made it through!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another Great Ernie Ball Product

            By SteveinAZ

            from Arizona

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Everyday use
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

              I use these on a Yamaha BB405 bass. I had never used guages this heavy before, but the pickups on the bass are not the greatest, and going to the heavier strings noticeably beefed up the sound, particularly on the higher strings.
              I've been using Ernie Ball strings on all my guitars and basses for well over 30 years, and I've never been disappointed.
              Find a deal on these (I got a two pack), stock up, and add some life to your low end pickups!

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              5.0

              Love These

              By jg bass

              from WV

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

                Great strings

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                4.0

                great sound, great tension.

                By Thijs Uitenbosch

                from Belleville, IL

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Great tension
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Nothing

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

                Got these for my Rogue 5-string, since the factory strings on it were dead in no-time. Needed something with higher tension too, these seemed to do the trick. I tune to (low to high) C#-F#-B-E-G#, and these seem to have a nice tension to it. no fret buzz anymore either, no dead notes, love it.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Power Slinky's

                By Gray Hebb

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

                I play a 5 string bass and haven't liked the rubbery feel of medium gauge B and E strings. These strings don't have that and sound fantastic. I was sceptical going to such a heavey gauge string, but no more. These are great. The .135 and .105 gauge are just right.
                Excellent value.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                there is no string better then ernie ball strings

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

                these are by far the best strings you will ever use in you life i only use ernie ball strings on all my basses and guitars i have had this set on my 5 string jazz bass i think almost 9 months (that i play every day) and they still sound 100% amazing i will never use any others string again.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome strings that last

                By Morgan-l.XcI

                from Winston-Salem, NC

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

                I needed new strings when I got my 6 string bass because the ones on there were just nasty. I knew I wanted round wound strings that had quite a beefy B string and these did the trick. I am faithful to Ernie Ball when it comes to guitars and I already had the 4 string set of Power Slinky's on my other bass and they did wonders for me. I tune down to GCGCFA# which is drop C with a low G to match the C. These strings give plenty of punch. I use them for everything from crazy shredding and riffage to regular, smooth finger style and slap. The only thing I wish was different was instead of having a 105, having a 110 just like the 4 string set because it's a bit unbalanced going from only 105 to a huge 135 plus a 110 is perfect for drop C. I was told that these strings wear out but that was from a pick players point of view who only uses the bottom two strings anyway. I've played several gigs and practiced non stop and they are still like new. I put lots of sweat and time on these strings and they are still great. I've had them on my bass since August and they aren't beginning to be worn out. Ernie Ball's are great bass and guitar strings. Definitely get these strings. Even though I play in drop G essentially, these work very well for standard tuning as well.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome change in Sound.

                By Old Skool

                from Southern Ohio

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2821 Power Slinky 5-String Bass Strings:

                These strings are brighter and have a much better feel to them and they seem to hold a note longer than most others I've tried.I will use nothing else now for recording.

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