Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings (Light Gauge)


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Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings (Light Gauge)

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The Ernie Ball 2221 is part of their highly rated Slinky series. It features nickel-plated wound strings designed to produce balanced tone and improved intonation.

The core is made from tin-plated high carbon steel hex wire, which allows the binding to better attach itself on the to core, resulting in improved durability.

Another important feature of this set is the use of lock twists around the ball end of the plain strings, which further enhances strength and stability.


  • Gauge: Light (.010, .013, .017p, .026, .036, .046)
  • Core Material: Steel
  • Winding Material: Nickel-plated Steel
  • Winding Type: Round
  • Coated: No


  • Freshness doesn't last long; can rust easily
  • Has a break-in period before staying in tune


  • Signature slinky feel and sound favored by many professional guitarists
  • Relatively affordable

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The Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinkys are a great set of strings and have been a gold standard for many years. If you don't mind replacing your strings often, these are comfortable, balanced sounding strings that won't break the bank.