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Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 2221 (10-46) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

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The most popular Ernie Ball Slinky strings helped build the foundation for modern guitar playing.

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings, or 10s, are some of the most popular electric guitar strings in history. And that's not just because of their bright green packaging. For thousands of guitarists around the world, they're ideally balanced: thick enough for solid tone and luscious chording, thin enough for rapid fire soloing and detailed fretwork. These Regular Ernie Ball Slinky strings are particularly favored by rock musicians, and they're well received everywhere playability is paramount. Their balanced tone lets your guitar's character shine through naturally. Regular Slinky electric guitar strings are Ernie Ball's top-selling set.

Also known by their Ernie Ball model number, 2221, Regular Slinky strings come in a Custom Gauge set: .010, .013, .017, .026w, .036 and .046. Favored by many guitarists around the globe, Regular Slinky wound strings are made from a 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 well-balanced tone for your guitar. Musician's Friend customers have long appreciated the value Ernie Ball Slinky strings provide. Regular Slinkys offer classic tone and feel, but they're also long lasting, particularly for uncoated strings.

String tension is important to your guitar's feel. Many players who typically prefer the lighter .009 gauge, Super Slinky feel, switch to Regular Slinky strings when they need to tune down to E-flat. This keeps the string tension firmer and more familiar. In this case, lighter strings might feel too flabby. The same principle applies if you normally play 10s or 11s and want to detune. In each case, be sure to check your guitar's intonation when switching tunings and string gauges. Adjusting the intonation helps ensure your guitar is in tune all the way up and down the fretboard.

Ernie Ball is a pioneer of rock 'n' roll guitar strings. All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and the most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance and long life. They're one of the first strings made for modern guitar. Ernie Ball Slinky strings have been a top choice for players of all types since the early 1960s. Guitarists often came into Ernie Ball's music store looking to make their guitars easier to play. They often customized string sets that gave them the feel they were looking for. After fruitless attempts to interest major guitar manufacturers in a lighter set of strings, Ernie Ball decided to start making his own. The Ernie Ball Slinky was born.

When you open a pack of Ernie Ball Slinky strings today, you know you're getting a quality set of strings designed to give you great tone, reliable performance, and long life. Just ask countless professional guitar players, including some of the all-time greatest. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Courtney Barnett, Joe Bonamassa and Slash are among the long list of Slinky players. You can't go wrong when you string up with Ernie Ball Slinky.


  • Nickel-plated steel strings
  • Gauge: .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046
  • Tapered design for maximum vibration
  • Made in the USA
  • Environmentally friendly packaging
  • Sealed airtight to preserve freshness
  • Balanced tension for great tone
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Flexible and long lasting
  • Compatible with most standard electric guitars

Order a pair or two so you always have a fresh set.


Regular Slinky 2221 (10-46) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings Specifications:

  • String type: Electric guitar
  • Gauges: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
  • Plain strings: Tin-plated, high-carbon steel
  • Wound string core: Hex-shaped, steel core wire
  • Winding material: Nickel-plated steel
  • Winding type: Round wound
  • Coated: No
  • Number of sets: 1
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Ernie Ball part number: 2221

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