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Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings  

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

Gauges 32-45-65-80-100-130.

Long scale round-wounds for maximum clarity and serious punch. 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 Ball2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings
 
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good 6 pack

By Groover

from Los Angeles, ca

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    Great set costing a few cents more than the 5 string green pack. Includes the same string sizes as the 4 string pink pack and the 5 string green pack. Same string gage as shipped on new mm basses from the factory.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    nothing like the old stand-by

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    I have been using Ernie Ball Strings for more that 10 years now. Before that I used the gambit from Fender, DR, D'Addario, D'Aquino, and GHS. I have also used all different types of winds on strings from flatwound and wrapped, to copper, stainless and a few other exotic wraps, and it all comes down to one thing, tone. I have never had a problem with any string set I have bought from Ernie Ball and the tone lasts long enough. I change strings when touring about once per week, if not more often. But what matters most is the tone, these strings allow me to get exactly the tone I am looking for out of my rig, and out of FOH.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great strings!

    By frankenbat

    from California

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    Best buy for your money. Great tone and sustain, particularly well suited for metal. That said, there is no way to predict the lifespan of tone and sustain in a set of strings; some last only a week or two, some a month, some three months, which is why the pros generally change their strings before every show while touring. All anyone can do is have two sets handy and boil the dead strings when switching, so they'll be fresh for a while on the next round.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome for the low price

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    I just started playing 6 string bass guitar.
    I do care about tension and sound of low B string since I have played 5 string bass.
    It sounds wonderful. The "new string sound" lasts very long.(I tried DR, but its "new string sound" went off quickly.) I do have fast and agressive slap style, and It has nice mid on string itself.
    The Nickel feels kinda rough, but guys. this string is chipper than any other strings but sounds better!! you have to try it.

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    1.0

    Total crap

    By AmadeusXeno

    from Maine

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    I usually use DR Lo-Riders, but one day I needed new strings for my gig that night. They didn't have my usual set in at the local guitar shop and this was the only 6 string set they had. They worked good and sounded good for the night, but lett then a week later they were dead and dull sounding. If you like dead string get these. If you like a string that sounds alive and stays that way for a while look somewhere else.

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    2.0

    They broke within 24 hours.

    By LeadBassist97

    from Leitchfield, KY

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    I put these strings on my 6-string Rogue bass, and immediately they didn't work. The low B and E were buzzing, even after adjusting the bridge and action properly. The next night, with less than 5 minutes of attempted playing, the high C string unraveled. I hope I just got a bad batch, but they're horrible from my experience.

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    5.0

    Is Ernie Ball a real guy? I'm not gay but....

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    So I'm a little different... I have a Shecter Stilleto Custom 5 String - It's great, I love it, but I wanted to try out something crazy and I was honestly a little tired of the low B. SO I took all the strings and moved them down one so instead of B-E-A-D-G, it would be E-A-D-G-C. For the C I used a guitar string(.36)with a paper clip in the end of it, which ended up breaking and the string whipped back and cut my hand. I began looking for a set of strings that would work for my new taste. Well folks, sorry, but they don't exist, so instead I bought a pack of these babies and just used all but the B string.Recently I have decided I want another five string to have in standard tuning. When I do that I'll buy a back of these and a 4-string pack of power slinkys and use the power slikys for the new bass (probably a traben) with the low B and use the remaining strings for the Shecter. I love these strings! Ernie Ball rocks!!(though it wqould be nice if they made so strings for out-there 5-stringers like me)

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    5.0

    WOW

    By PhysiBassist

    from Virginia Beach, VA

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings:

    I tried Peavey Cirrus strings, were decent at first and then the brightness quickly died. Tried D'Addario, was unimpressed. I bought a 6-string with Elixirs on it, possibly the worst strings I've ever used. Then I was enticed into buying a set of DR Sunbeams which were decent, but I would never recommend them.I hadn't expected much from these to be honest. I've had them on for a little while now, and WHAT A SET! I could not say enough about the tone that comes from these strings. The B and E strings have that satisfactory zing to them especially when slapped. The A and D have that nice mid-rangy growl, the G and C are appropriately bright yet not harsh. Every string has a very deep presence, but not overly boomy (unless if EQ'd accordingly)More expensive doesn't always mean better, at least not for me. I recommend that fellow sixers at least try these.

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