Ernie Ball Slinky Guitar Strings Review

Ernie Ball Slinky Guitar Strings Review

In today’s lesson, we are going to look at an Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings review.  When it comes to guitar strings, make sure that you always choose ones made of quality.  No better ones to choose, than Ernie Ball.  This will assure you get the best sound possible and the most comfortable playing ability.

Ernie Ball

Ernie Ball has been making quality guitar strings and musical accessories since the late ’50s.  Starting off as a guitar store selling guitars, Ernie Ball eventually expanded to selling his products in 5500 stores and over 70 countries across the world.

Since this time, Ernie Ball has become a major name brand in the industry and has spawned his product line to selling guitars, picks, straps, slides, instrument cables, effects pedals, tuners, capos, instruction books & of course, guitar strings.

Slinky guitar strings

During the guitar-based revival of the ’60s, Ernie Ball noticed that beginning guitar players were having issues with the Fender medium gauge strings as they were thick and hard to hold down. They were also having issues bending the third string.  So he decided to do something about it.  First going to Fender and asking them about making a set of strings that had an “unwound third-string” in which Fender did not agree.

So he decided to create a set of his own.  He found a string manufacturer to create a set of custom strings with the third-string unwound for easier playability and sold them in his store.  And with the popularity of these lighter strings, he eventually invented the “Slinky” brand guitar strings.


I recommend Ernie Ball Super Slinky Ernie Ball has been making quality guitar strings since 1962 and is used by world-class players like Slash, Angus Young, MetallicaAerosmith, Eric Clapton & the infamous Jimmy Page to name a few.

What Type Are They?

These are nickel wound strings that provide you with the sound you need to feel inspired to create and play music. By utilizing the latest technology and providing what players are looking for in quality strings, Ernie Ball is a great choice and highly recommended.

You can get them in all different styles and gauges.

The Regular Slinky’s are 10-46 which means they are 10 on the high E string & 46 on the low E string.  The ones in the video are the Super Slinky’s 9-42 gauge which means they are 9 on the high E and 42 on the low E string.  This means that they are a bit smaller in gauge and a bit lighter.  Both sets are custom gauge strings for different types of players.

These are perfect for bending strings and are great for playing rhythm & lead guitar because they feel good,  bend easily and don’t break.  The regular slinkies are great as well in 10-46 gauge because they provide a fuller sound due to the thickness of the string being bigger.

They also provide great acoustic guitar strings as well.  The kind I play & recommend is the Ernie Ball Earthwood Medium Light strings.

Ernie Ball Slinky Strings

The Original Since 1962.

For over 55 years, Ernie Ball Slinky electric guitar strings have been the favorite of professional musicians across the globe. Legendary artists from Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, AC/DC, John Petrucci, Slash, Green Day and many, many more.

Ernie Ball’s signature recipe consists of specific gauges and core to wrap ratios for balanced rich harmonics and that signature Slinky feel.  In doing so they have created strings that feel comfortable to the touch, execute clarity in your tone & provide inspiration to any guitarist using them.

Ernie Ball Slinky gauge combinations that today are industry standard, were pioneered by our founder Ernie Ball more than 55 years ago, helping shape the sound of rock n roll. Nickel Wound Slinky strings consist of nickel-plated steel wrapped around a tin plated high carbon steel core for a balanced tone that compliments all guitar types and playing styles.

Lesson Conclusion

No matter what guitar string gauge you choose, try Ernie Ball guitar strings and see how you like them. They work great for me, come in all different styles of gauges for acoustic, electric, classical & mandolin.

I highly recommend them to all my students.  Thanks so much for reading and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Until our next lesson, take care.

Dwayne Jenkins

Dwayne Jenkins
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