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First impressions of the package of Regular Slinky guitar strings are solid, a crisp, clean olive green packet to keep the strings fresh like a packet of crisps. Sounds silly but certain environments can prove temperamental to the strings (Packaging means longest life, factory fresh all the time). On the front you've got the nice little logo displayed alongside the gauges of the strings; 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46 - 2221. Its also a clearly proud brand from the USA, showcasing a smorgasbord of bands, musicians and solo artists who apparently use and or recommend Ernie Ball strings, ranging through an incredible amount of genres - see their website for more details - there is just that many. Made in 'the beautiful Coachella Valley of Southern California' these strings gain the benefit of being manufactured in ultra low humidity, which somehow makes them fine and fresh. I personally keep a spare set of these lying around the house just in case because I know they are of decent quality, that and they are found in most good music stores along with numerous websites such as eBay and Amazon for a fair price of around £5. Each string comes in its own little paper packet with all its details.
I usually end up breaking the High pitch e string on the bottom, it being the thinest and most tightly wound. I've used these strings on and off for a few years now and only ever snapped the e string once. I don't play electric guitar every day but at least a few times a week, without really taking care of the strings. By that I mean I don't use polish or cleaning products on them, I regularly change the tuning from standard EADGBe, drop D (DADGBe) and as of late Drop C (CGCFAD). Fairly drastic considering it requires lowering and raising the tension of the strings, along with raising and lowering the bridge to put the strings closer or further to/from the fretboard. With all this, the strings keep their sound very well and last months with average use. The actual sound and tone can vary with the different tunings, with these strings being better suited to standard but can be satisfactory with lower tunings. The sound doesn't particularly blow you away with richness or brightness, the title of 'Regular' is more accurate than first thought, but it also relates the to size of the strings - normally the thinner the strings the easier it is to play, being less difficult to press down on with a smaller surface area, as opposed to larger strings that can make an novice guitarist buckle with sore finger tips.
So these strings make easy and pleasant work of rock and alternative style guitar playing but there are better versions of this brand (and others) for the heavy metal genre (fatter strings = broader sound but more difficult).
Clean guitar, or unplugged can also sound rather blunt after a short time as well but all in all, a good standard rock 'n' roll string set.
These Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar Strings Are perfectly suited for practice play, at least for me any way. I use these for this vital part of my guitar playing life because they have a softer feel to them than the other strings I use when working. If I am going to spend hours on end playing a piece over and over I find these a more bearable choice of string especially for bare finger playing where a plectrum isn't really required.
They come in a selection a sizes / thicknesses as you would expect as they are a full set of strings. All strings are individually wrapped in paper coverings to prevent that Christmas lights situation that would otherwise be inevitable. The thinnest string measures only .010 then they increase .013, .017, .026, .036 all the way up to .046.
I have found that these strings do need a clean every now and then to help keep them in pristine condition. They are quite strong and last me a reasonable amount of time and that's with as I said hours of playing each time I use them. However I wouldn't choose these particular strings if I was to be a heavy handed player and wanted to get my value for money. As they probably wouldn't last as long under such strenuous conditions.
These are suitable for most styles of play, but especially suited to the more gentle strumming, soft play I feel. They have a nice clarity to their sound that blends very well with a soft melodic vocal performance. This clarity lasts as long as the strings are treated with care and as I said maybe given a clean (with a suitable cleaner of course) every once in a while.
When it comes to the all important price of these strings vary very slightly from store to store I find and when purchased online the saving isn't very much especially if there is a postage charge. Ernie Ball is a very well known and highly trusted name when it comes to strings, so you can feel confident that you are buying a quality product and not some overpriced pieces of tat. The last full set cost me £5 and they are still working away more than three months later. So for me I have no complaints when it comes to this particular brand and style of strings.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
The regular slinky's are the usual choice for most guitarists playing in standard tuning (EADGBe). Why? Because they have a slightly beefier tone than the superslinky's, last longer and don't provide too much tension on your truss rod, it is usually just a case of putting them on with no adjustments needed to the guitar or it's components.
These strings are cheap, fairly long lasting and have good tone. Averaging around £4 it's hard to say no to buying something so good for so little, buy these in bulk and you save more money and get more strings!
This gauge of string is pretty much the standard gauge for a standard tuned guitar ( E A D G B E) but this gauge also work well in Eb tuning and drop D and they'll serve you well during their stay, do bare in mind that string lifespan varies depending on how often you play, how clean your hands are and whether or not you wipe down your guitars fretboard before and after use. Doing these things will greatly increase the strings life and save you even more money in the grand scheme of things.
The tone you get from these is the usual bright tone that you get from most sets of strings, although the heavier string gauge definitely contributes positively to the tone. It's after a few days that the tone really gets into its own. It doesn't possess that overly bright tone that you get from a brand new pair but they're not dull and honky like an old pair of strings (NOTHING sounds worse than an old pair of electric guitar strings). I personally would recommend changing these strings once the tone is gone because they're cheap and it's no hassle to do. This being said, there are other string brands no the market who possess this tone and make it last longer.
The other brand I could see this competing with the most are the Elixir Nanoweb series. They have a special coating that preserves their tone and string life for up to 3-5X longer, bare in mind though that a set is also 2 times the price. But with the lifespan being longer then it could be a worthwhile investment in the long run.
Overall I'd recommend these strings indefinitely.They are cheap and possess a good tones, if you have some extra money burning holes in your pocket then there is no reason not to give longer lasting strings a go. But for a quick string which sounds good on the day, holds its tuning and is associated with fame then I cannot recommend this string enough
When choosing strings a couple of factors must first be considered, firstly your guitar, secondly your preferred tuning and thirdly the style of music you play. As a general rule of thumb the thicker the string the fatter the sound produced as there is more metal to resonate therefore influencing the sound more. Also if you tune your guitar low the strings will have less tension therefore be quite floppy, to combat this using thicker strings creates more tension counteracting the floppyness.
These strings are 10s meaning the top E is a 0.10 gage string. This is a very common gage and is thick enough to create a good tonefull sound but not too thick to perform bends without shredding your fingertips. These strings tend to cost just under a fiver which represents quite good value for money. They also can last a substantial amount of time especially if you clean your guitar regularly. Cheaper strings can be found but the lifespan will not match up to these, especially the E and B strings due to their thickness and the frequency that they get bent.
The metal used in these strings are obviously of a high standard with a healthy shine, however this dulls over time especial if you don't clean your guitar. The sound of these strings are bright, this helps the guitar stand out in a band setting, leads scream and rhythm parts sound clear. On occasion though they can sound thin and lack the substance of thicker strings.
'Ernie' Ball (born Sherwood Roland Ball) was a musician and guitar seller hailing from California. Although he passed away in 2004, Ball's musical accessories are still sold across the globe, and renowned not only for their quality, but also for their affordability. The Ernie Ball brand is perhaps most famous for its Super, Extra, and Regular Slinky Strings, and today i'm taking a look at the latter.
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Legend has it that Slinky strings were developed in the 60's when Mr Ball noticed that the budding rock n' roll musicians of the day were having difficulty playing the third string of their guitars. At the time, the third string was typically of a wound construction and therefore thicker than necessary. Basically, Ball revolutionised guitar strings by bringing a thinner gauge across the range, making them easier to bend and ultimately more compatible with the genre of music that the decade was most famous for.
Price, Availability, & Use
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Regular Slinky strings arrive in a yellow packet, and currently cost £4.79 from Amazon. Constructed from nickel-plated steel (which has become the norm for Rock music), the strings are of the following gauges - 010 (top E), .013 (A), .017 (D), .026 (G), .036 (B), and .046 (bottom E). The strings are thicker than both Extra and Super Slinky, but still remain easy to bend and a pleasure to play. I find that the strings are light to the touch and are better to strum with than Super Slinkys. Like the other Ernie Ball strings that I have used in the past, the strings return a bright and clear sound with a pleasant tone.
A Question of Lifespan
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In my personal experience i've found that Regular Slinky strings last a long time, with the top E string (notorious for snapping first), time and time again surprising me with its longevity. In terms of value for money, even though they are more expensive, Ernie Ball strings last a lot longer than the ultra cheap strings from third-party brands which you can pick up on eBay. I think the impressive lifespan of Regular Slinkys comes from the fact that they're made from high quality materials, or "the finest materials around", if you are to believe the blurb on the website.
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Overall, I would highly recommend these excellent guitar strings as affordable and long lasting bits 'o metal. They're easy to play (whether you're a picker or a strummer), and will suit both novices and pros alike. You only need to look at the list of guitarists who have used these strings (Slash, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai to name but a few) to know that you're dealing with a quality product.
~Air on an E string!~
As every guitarist knows finding yourself a set of good quality reasonably priced guitar strings that balance ease of use, good tone and longevity with that magic price that won't break your heart every time your top E string goes ping, can sometimes be a question of trying many types/ brands and gauges of string until you come up with a few options that suit your needs. When choosing a new set of strings I find that its best to think about the type of guitar that you are going to fit them on, the kinds of music you like to play and your own unique playing style. After all its not everyone that wants to play every single piece in drop D! Not all guitar players are heavy handed and need a set of super thick/ extra durable strings and many people prefer a lighter touch and want to opt for a a lighter thinner set of strings to get the kinds of sounds they like to hear. All in all there are many guitarists who like the middle ground for a general set of practice strings, which is what I find these Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar Strings are rather good for.
~Slinky strings for regular every day use!~
These sets of Regular Slinky Guitar Strings come in simple plastic pouches with an acid yellow design to them which is in keeping with the rather loud colour options that the rest of the Slinky range of strings come packed in. I find that these super bright toned yellow packs allow you to identify Regular Slinky Strings over others from the range with ease, as when faced with a rack full of strings on a display in store they do stand out. Once you get your pack of strings back to your lair what you get within each pack is a full set of strings which range from the thinnest .010 gauge top E string, through to string sizes .013, .017, .026, .036 and a .046 gauge low E string. Each individual string comes packed in its own paper cover which protects it from harm and stops it rubbing against the other strings in the pack and I find this keeps the strings free from damage prior to use.
The full set of 6 strings are most often sold together although you can always buy a few spares for the strings that break more quickly such as the thinner gauge top E string. The thicker strings in each set come as wound strings which are made from nickel plated steel wires that have been wrapped around tin plated steel core wires, with the plain unwound stings being made from tin plated high carbon steel. The Regular Slinky Strings being of a mid sized gauge are perhaps the most popular in the range, as the can be very versatile being able to be used on a wide variety of guitars, allowing a range of mixed playing styles. When in use I have found that the strings are reasonably durable even with some heavy handed use and they last fairly well once set up correctly, keeping a fair degree of clarity for some time. I have at times had a set of these strings last as long as 2 months before needing to be replaced which I consider to be rather good in terms of value for money.
~Who uses Regular Slinkys?~
According to Ernie Ball guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page and Slash are all quite partial to a little Regular Slinky action, which I take more to mean that these famous axe players have endorsed the strings as being something they consider good enough to put their names to. If you are thinking about getting a set of these then I would say that they can be a good buy for use as a general practice set of strings, although they may need a cleaning regime to keep them in top top shape and retain their brighter tones on the thinner strings between string changes. As these strings don't have any special coatings on them they are more prone to corrosion as they come into contact with the oils in your skin, so giving them a light clean will help to stave off the time when you finally need to invest in a new set.
~Rating and price~
Prices for a full set of Regular Slinkys can range from £5.50 upwards in high street music stores and smaller guitar shops and I generally find that prices are fairly similar from store to store, although these can be bought on line for a little less from time to time. If wanting to buy a single string such as the .10 gauge top E string which is the one that goes most often, you can expect to pay more per string than if you had bought a full set of 6. As I feel that these guitar strings offer good value and longevity when in use as a practice set of strings I want to give them a 4 star rating. I have found that they are a fair choice of string to go for which is sold on at a fair price, although I would suggest that it is best to try a set out for yourself to see if these suit your needs before making up your mind.