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Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings

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Go for the original with the slinky feel and the fat tone.

Gauges 20w-30-42-54-74-90.

The list of endorsers for Ernie Ball Slinky bass strings reads like a who's who of modern rock bass. Made in the USA with specially formulated alloys for long life and maximum vibrancy.

Ernie Ball is the pioneer of rock and roll guitar strings. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, and Slash are among the long list of Slinky players.


Your axe will sound so much better you'll wonder why you waited so long. Order now. Order lots!

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Ernie Ball2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Strings At Any Price!

I have used these on my custom Maccaferri hollow body bass with a 30" Danelectro neck and they are perfect. I have no idea why others have said these aren't good for...Read complete review

I have used these on my custom Maccaferri hollow body bass with a 30" Danelectro neck and they are perfect. I have no idea why others have said these aren't good for a 30" (short scale) bass. Maybe they stuck the high "E" on the "G" post or something, etc. I'm going to use a set on a Fender Bass VI. The price is incredible and they don't chew up your frets like some round wounds. There is really nothing else like these at any price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too short for Squire Modified Bass VI

I generally disregard negative reviews because nine times out of ten the reviewer is either biased or angry. That being said, I read the good and the bad, but decided to take the...Read complete review

I generally disregard negative reviews because nine times out of ten the reviewer is either biased or angry. That being said, I read the good and the bad, but decided to take the gamble as the set of strings was inexpensive. I lost. I bought these for my Squire MBVI. The low E and A are long enough (44.5"), but the 90 gauge is not thick enough to solve the floppy string issue the stock MBVI strings are known for. The rest of the strings were to short. The high E was only 39 3/8" long, you need at least 41" just to reach the tuning peg, not to mention another inch or two for the wrap around. I'm curious to know why some people say they fit the bass VI. Kalium Strings designs sets specifically for the MBVI. They suggest the 102s. You have been warned.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NOT made for 4-string basses

By Dusty Murphy

from Lawrence,KS

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Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

These are great. They are NOT made for short scale 4-strings like the Mustang/Bronco etc. They are made for the Fender Bass VI, Fender Sub-Sonic, and the like. If you use them for this purpose, they'll be great. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed like the other reviewers. I use them on my Sub-Sonic, and I have wonderful luck and tone with them. I repeat, these are NOT made for a regular bass, but for a baritone guitar to be used as a 6-string bass.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still retaining tone but MUCH more deep and moody

By Travis Lucas

from Indiana

Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

If you own a Fender Bass VI or custom shop version I suppose the price of your strings is no big deal, but these are seriously THE best option.
Now I'm going to go play my 1963 Dano VI, which would also be a great purchase with these awesome strings for anyone reading.
I am so pleased with this company and these strings. They will make your fingers feel so manly.
I own a Danelectro 63 baritone and was afraid the tuning pegs wouldn't accept the low A and E gauges. To my suprise, Ernie ball had the brilliant idea to slim down the winding at the place where you insert the string into the peg.
This makes it easy to install on any size tuning peg hole, even your child's mini strat guitar if you wanted!
It's Ernie Ball, the tone on these things are great. Great feel too, I find it easy to still play fast runs without my fingers getting uncomfortable from the monster gauges (then again, maybe that's my Dick Dale 11-63 gauge on a 25.5' Strat mindset talking).
The tone of these low strings combined with the lipsticks on my Dano makes the lowest, moodiest, darkest yet still twangiest tone I have ever heard.

You want bass VI tones, tic tac bass, Duane Eddy, moody Mogwai, or spaghetti western gunfight music? But still playability? Here you go!
These were suprisingly cheap. I was afraid that turning my Dano into a bass VI instrument was going to not only be hard due to tuning peg hole size, but also not finding the right gauges to not be too floppy or too tight to be able to be comfortable. Also if I messed up trying to get the right set I could either be out:
$30 for bass strings and buying a whole pack of guitar strings just for the high B and E.
$35 for Da'Darrio XL bass VI strings
or $45 for LaBella VI strings.

Nope! Under ten dollars for the perfect fitting strings.
Ernie Ball knows their stuff when it comes to gauges and fit.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Too short for Squire Modified Bass VI

By Bob

from D.C.

About Me Novice

Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

I generally disregard negative reviews because nine times out of ten the reviewer is either biased or angry. That being said, I read the good and the bad, but decided to take the gamble as the set of strings was inexpensive. I lost. I bought these for my Squire MBVI. The low E and A are long enough (44.5"), but the 90 gauge is not thick enough to solve the floppy string issue the stock MBVI strings are known for. The rest of the strings were to short. The high E was only 39 3/8" long, you need at least 41" just to reach the tuning peg, not to mention another inch or two for the wrap around. I'm curious to know why some people say they fit the bass VI. Kalium Strings designs sets specifically for the MBVI. They suggest the 102s. You have been warned.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strings At Any Price!

By Detroit Rocker

from DETROIT, MICHIGAN

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Smooth Feel
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Recording

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

    I have used these on my custom Maccaferri hollow body bass with a 30" Danelectro neck and they are perfect. I have no idea why others have said these aren't good for a 30" (short scale) bass. Maybe they stuck the high "E" on the "G" post or something, etc. I'm going to use a set on a Fender Bass VI. The price is incredible and they don't chew up your frets like some round wounds. There is really nothing else like these at any price.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for 4 to 6 string short scale bass

    By vmprklr

    from Wauconda, IL

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong
    • Super Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • 30
      • 30" And Under Scale Bas
      • 30" Scale Under Bass
      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

      These are a great product I use on a 24" & a 27"
      short scale bass guitar. The extra 2 strings I use on my Electric Guitar.

      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Strings too short for Fender BassVI

      By Hotston

      from Winchester

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Don't Fit A Bass
      • Too Short To Fit

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

        I like ernie ball strings - they are my string of choice on all my guitars. So seeing a pack called 6StringBass Guitar you'd think they would fit the most common 30" scale 6 string bass around - the Fender BassVi. They don't. the 90 and the 74 fit ok and you don't have to trim the strings but the 54 and smaller either don't reach or don't have enough string to grip. Seriously bad product - it does not do what it says on the packet.

        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Probably okay strings but too short

        By NoRemorse73

        from Culbertson, MT

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

        I bought these strings to replace the ones that were on my Fender Mustang bass that I got from my uncle. I had done all the measurements to make sure it was a short-scale bass. But when I got the strings the thinner strings were too short and they didn't fit my bass. I'm sure these strings would be fine if they fit, but it iritates me that they didn't take into consideration that some bass's headstocks are longer than others and therefore didn't make the strings long enough.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

        These are great strings. I did have problems with my G string not being long enough for my Squier Bronco, but that was expected as these strings were made for a certain model of guitar. I just used the first three gauges for my EDG (I left my Fender short scale string on for my G) and they sound great. They have a great tone and compliment the high output single coil.

         
        5.0

        good strings, not for simple minded

        By 88innbal

        from texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

          Get more than 1 pack, long, thick and strong strings

           
          4.0

          Lighter gauge and shorter length, just what I needed.

          By Big Dave

          from Thousand Oaks, CA

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

              Have a short scale bass, needed lighter gauge strings with shorter length to fit it correctly. These sound great and were easier to install as I didn't have to cut off long lengths of string to fit my short scale bass.

               
              4.0

              Good set of bass strings

              By John Catfang

              from New Jersey USA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

                Nice responsive set, good tones. I prefer flatwounds but ridiculously hard to find for my Schechter Hellcat VI. I swapped the "A" string (.074) to the "E" position and added in it's place a (.064) as the Hellcat bridge has a way too tight bore and I want more comfortable playability. I am first a guitar player, then a bass player so making it feel like a down-tuned guitar more comfortable for me. Sounds good, plays fine, just wish either Ernie Ball or D'Addario would make a light guage flatwound set for these Fender Bass VI style axes.

                 
                5.0

                sound great

                By ML

                from Philadelphia, Pa.

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                Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

                Love these strings.

                 
                5.0

                Great price for bass IV strings

                By Dev

                from York, SC

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

                I use it on my Ibanez SRC6. Lasts for a good amount of time for strings this price.

                 
                5.0

                Baritone to bass

                By Lou

                from Connecticut

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

                  I put them on a Dano
                  baritone turning it into a six string bass the strings fit no worries they are plenty long enough they are made for thirty inch scale. They fit thru the tuner holes without having to enlarge the holes. Got them for a great price with free shipping.

                   
                  4.0

                  Slinky Bass Strings

                  By Crow

                  from New England

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                  Pros

                  • Ernie Ball 1 Strings
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Hard To Find Short Scale
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings:

                  I put on my 6 string short scale bass, they sound great.

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