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Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky 10-46

Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky 10-46

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Ernie Ball 2223 Super Slinky 9-42

Ernie Ball 2223 Super Slinky 9-42

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Ernie Ball 3221 Regular Slinky 10-46 3 Pack

Ernie Ball 3221 Regular Slinky 10-46 3 Pack

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Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky 11-48

Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky 11-48

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Ernie Ball 2215 Skinny Top Heavy Bottom 10-52

Ernie Ball 2215 Skinny Top Heavy Bottom 10-52

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Ernie Ball 3223 Super Slinky 9-42 3 Pack

Ernie Ball 3223 Super Slinky 9-42 3 Pack

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Ernie Ball 2222 Hybrid Slinky 9-46

Ernie Ball 2222 Hybrid Slinky 9-46

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Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball 2627 Beefy Slinky 11-54

Ernie Ball 2627 Beefy Slinky 11-54

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Ernie Ball 2003 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Light Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball 2003 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Light Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Bass 50-105

Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Bass 50-105

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Ernie Ball 2225 Extra Slinky 8-38

Ernie Ball 2225 Extra Slinky 8-38

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Ernie Ball 2146 Earthwood Acoustic Medium Light 12-54

Ernie Ball 2146 Earthwood Acoustic Medium Light 12-54

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Ernie Ball 2621 7-String Regular Slinky 10-56

Ernie Ball 2621 7-String Regular Slinky 10-56

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Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky Bass 45-100

Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky Bass 45-100

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Ernie Ball 2626 Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky 12-56

Ernie Ball 2626 Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky 12-56

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Ernie Ball 2833 Hybrid Slinky Bass 45-105

Ernie Ball 2833 Hybrid Slinky Bass 45-105

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Ernie Ball 2212 Primo Slinky 9.5-44

Ernie Ball 2212 Primo Slinky 9.5-44

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Ernie Ball 2006 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball 2006 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball 2836 5-String Regular Slinky Bass 45-130

Ernie Ball 2836 5-String Regular Slinky Bass 45-130

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Ernie Ball Skinny Top Beefy Bottom 10-54

Ernie Ball Skinny Top Beefy Bottom 10-54

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Ernie Ball 2002 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball 2002 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball 2214 Mammoth Slinky 12-62

Ernie Ball 2214 Mammoth Slinky 12-62

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Ernie Ball 2148 Earthwood Acoustic Light 11-52

Ernie Ball 2148 Earthwood Acoustic Light 11-52

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Ernie Ball 2213 Mega Slinky 10.5-48

Ernie Ball 2213 Mega Slinky 10.5-48

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Ernie Ball 2226 Burly Slinky 11-52

Ernie Ball 2226 Burly Slinky 11-52

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Ernie Ball 2625 8 String Slinky 10-74

Ernie Ball 2625 8 String Slinky 10-74

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Ernie Ball 2831 Power Slinky Bass Nickel Wound 55-110

Ernie Ball 2831 Power Slinky Bass Nickel Wound 55-110

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Ernie Ball 2824 Super Slinky 5-String Bass Nickel Wound 40-125

Ernie Ball 2824 Super Slinky 5-String Bass Nickel Wound 40-125

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Ernie Ball P02021 Paradigm Regular Slinky 10-46

Ernie Ball P02021 Paradigm Regular Slinky 10-46

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Ernie Ball 2227 Ultra Slinky 10-48

Ernie Ball 2227 Ultra Slinky 10-48

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Ernie Ball Power Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack - 11-48 Gauge

Ernie Ball Power Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack - 11-48 Gauge

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Ernie Ball 2835 Extra Slinky Bass 40-95

Ernie Ball 2835 Extra Slinky Bass 40-95

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Ernie Ball 2806 Nickel Flatwound Bass

Ernie Ball 2806 Nickel Flatwound Bass

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Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack - 10-52 Gauge

Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack - 10-52 Gauge

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Ernie Ball P02023 Paradigm Super Slinky 9-42

Ernie Ball P02023 Paradigm Super Slinky 9-42

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Ernie Ball 2840 Beefy Slinky Bass 65-130

Ernie Ball 2840 Beefy Slinky Bass 65-130

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Ernie Ball Turbo Slinky 9.5-46

Ernie Ball Turbo Slinky 9.5-46

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Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack - 9-46 Gauge

Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack - 9-46 Gauge

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Ernie Ball 2839 6-String Baritone Slinky 13-72

Ernie Ball 2839 6-String Baritone Slinky 13-72

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About Ernie Ball Strings

Ernie Ball Slinky Packets

Slinky Since 1962

For over 60 years, Ernie Ball Slinky strings have been the premier choice of musicians worldwide. In 1962, Ernie Ball pioneered electric guitar strings by creating new recipes that would become the voice of Rock and Roll and inspire musicians for generations to come. Optimal for every playing style, Ernie Ball strings are manufactured in our Coachella, California factory from the finest materials using state-of-the-art winding technology while undergoing strict quality control standards.

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Born Out Of Necessity

The world’s #1 electric guitar strings were born out of necessity in a small Southern California guitar shop opened by Ernie Ball in 1958. Ernie only wanted to sell guitars with a studio in the back for guitar lessons. Industry colleagues thought he was crazy. Undeterred, he persevered, and in time, this guitar-only store was a destination stop for many of the great guitar bands of the early 60s. Ernie noticed his young students had trouble fretting guitar chords on their instruments. Intuitively, he knew lighter gauge strings would make it easier to play. Ernie called Fender and Gibson, but no one listened. He then decided, “I'll do it myself.” In 1962, the famous Slinky electric guitar strings were born! New light gauge Slinky sets comprised of .009-.042” and .010-.046” gauge strings with their bright Day Glo packaging were an instant hit.

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Legendary Players

Armed with a slinkier feel, guitar players were given the ability to play fast and bend like never before. Rock n’ Roll would never be the same. Since then, Ernie Ball Slinky's has become the favorite of musicians across the globe. Legendary artists from Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, AC/DC, John Petrucci, Slash, Green Day, Metallica, Muse, St. Vincent, Brad Paisley and many others have used Ernie Ball Slinky strings on more iconic recordings and stages than any other guitar string brand.

Ernie and Sterling Ball

3 Generations of Makers

When Ernie created Slinkys in 1962, he did so with an unbridled, lifelong passion for the guitar. He didn’t have a fancy engineering or business degree. He loved music. He loved teaching students how to play the guitar and wanted to pass along his passion for the instrument. Like many products before his, Slinkys we’re born out recognizing an opportunity and executing a market need.

Strings in the Factory

Paired with creating new recipes that allowed musicians to play lead guitar with more ease, he redefined what strings could feel and sound like. The timing of the British invasion and the emergence of rock and roll gave his strings a path to flourish. Alongside his son Sterling, together they worked tirelessly and for the decades that followed built a brand, company, and legacy that is recognized by musicians across the globe.

Ernie and Sterling Ball

Now in its third generation with Brian Ball at the helm, the Ernie Ball company is evermore dedicated to preserving and continuing this legacy that drives everyone in our company today. From the introduction of Slinkys in 1962 to PARADIGM, the world’s most advanced guitar strings ever created, it is this passion behind the Ernie Ball’s family’s uncompromising commitment to innovation and tone that leads us to continue to innovate ways to enhance the player’s experience.

Strings in the Factory

This commitment and dedication have led to multiple patents and patent-pending designs, including Paradigm Slinky, Cobalt Slinky, M-Steel Slinky, and Aluminum Bronze strings. Each of these technologies has placed a specific goal of engineering alloys to optimize the performance of the guitar string. As a result, guitarists and bassists now have unparalleled tonal options, allowing for even greater expression and playability.

Ernie Ball Strings have revolutionised the world of guitar since they were first manufactured. The company, founded by Roland Sherwood Ball, originally started as a guitar store in the 1950s and through sales and experience Roland Ball was able to identify troubles players had with standard string gauges.

Typically these early string sets had quite a high tension. While string manufacturers at the time weren't keen on making lighter gauges Roland Sherwood Ball took it upon himself to manufacture a set that was lighter, and easier to play. Roland Ball developed a string set with a plain third string and a slacker bottom string which was what many musicians of the time preferred and this became the infamous "Slinky" Set. This lighter set of strings quickly became a favourite for musicians and in 1967, Roland Ball moved to continue the development of his Ernie Ball strings in California.

These days Ernie Ball continues their development aiming to create a wide variety of string types and gauges for all players and applications. Ernie Ball guitar strings are used all over the world by some of the biggest names in music, and their iconic bright packaging has made sure they are instantly recognisable in every store around the world.

Shop our selection of the best Ernie Ball strings available for all playing styles, covering an array of string guages for balanced tones and warm tones.

Why Should I Choose Ernie Ball Strings?

  • Lots of gauges to choose from
  • Many string types for different applications
  • Relied upon by some of the biggest artists in music
  • Available for a variety of instruments including electric, acoustic and bass

Frequently Asked Questions about Ernie Ball Strings

Question: Why are Ernie Ball strings good?
Used by many of the industry's biggest artists Ernie Ball strings are known for their great quality, gauge selection, and tone.
Question: How do I choose Ernie Ball guitar strings?
Your string choice will be personal preference, many people start with 9 or 10 gauge strings and adjust from there to find their perfect set.
Question: Do Ernie Ball strings rust?
Ernie ball strings are designed to withstand all climates without rust, they state that if their Paradigm strings show any rust within 90 days they will replace them.
Question: What guitars use Ernie Ball strings?
Brands such as Music Man guitars will use Ernie Ball strings, but any guitar can be strung with Ernie Ball strings.
Question: What strings does Kirk Hammett use?
Kirk Hammett uses Ernie Ball RPS Reinforced Plain Steel 10-46 Gauge Strings.
Question: Who uses Ernie Ball strings?
Jimmy Page used Ernie Ball Super Slinky electric guitar strings, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones has been using Ernie Ball guitar strings for decades and John Mayer uses Ernie Ball acoustic guitar strings.