Product Type: Ernie Ball guitars and bass guitars
Newest Review: ... hence the "Extra" in their title. Theses are a softer, thinner version of their more robust elder brother. These bend and ... more
Super Slinky But Not All That Great
Ernie Ball Extra Slinky Strings
Member Name: andyoz
Ernie Ball Extra Slinky Strings
Disadvantages: Don't Last Very Long
At the age of sixteen I decided it was time to do something different. I have never been much good at sticking with new things, I would usually get bored within a few weeks of trying to learn something new. But this time I decided I was going to learn the guitar and this time I was going to stick with it and not give up so easily. So I took myself off down to the local music shop and bought a cheap electric guitar. Looking back now I realise how bad a decision that was, that first guitar was awful and I never seemed to get a decent note out of it. However, I did manage to learn the basics on there at it did help me to progress and get better. I now play acoustic guitar to a decent level.
All those years ago when I used to play my electric guitar I really had no idea what I was doing. After a few months of playing I was told that my strings needed changing, so again I went to the music shop with no real idea of what I was doing. I bought a pack of Ernie Ball Extra Slinky strings. The main reason for this was that they were cheap and a liked the sound of 'extra slinky'. These are ideally for electric guitars and they are said to be more bendable that most strings giving them a rather unique sound.
As with the vast majority of guitar strings you get six in a pack. Each string is a different thickness and this corresponds to where they go on your guitar. I remember that the ends were also colour coded which made it even easier to work out which string was which, something that I would have no problem with now but back then I was never quite so sure. The strings come in there own little paper packets are coiled up in a circle. When you take them out they spring open and then you can put then onto the guitar.
These are quite a low guage which means they are quite slim strings. This does indeed make them better for bending and you do find they move around quite well when you are playing them. They are made from a mix of nickel and steel and they have a nice sharp sound to them when brand new.
One of the downsides about these strings is that they don't seem to last very long. That clear crisp note you get when you first play them soon turns in to something of a dull ring. Out of all the strings I have tried over the years I would say these probably wear out faster than most. One thing though I never had any of these snap on me which is a good thing as some strings seem to snap more than others.
The price of these is very cheap. You can pick up a pack online for less than £5 with no real issue. Despite the low price though they do not last all that long so you may be better spending a little more and investing in strings that will stay fresh for longer. I have not used these strings for a long while, they are certainly not any where near my favourites as the sound they make is not really to my taste. For people who play electric guitar and are maybe just starting out then these would be a decent enough purchase. But the fact is that there are far better strings out there on the market if you know where to look.
Summary: Average Strings