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Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom (.10-.52) Featured

 
Gauges: 10-13-17-30-42-52. Ernie Ball 2215 Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom Slinky Electric Guitar Strings are the perfect hybrid set for those who like thick bottom strings without sacrificing the ability to solo on smaller strings. The wound strings are made from nickel-plated, steel wire wrapped around a hex-shaped steel core wire. The plain strings are made of specially...


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Skinny is Top, Heavy is Awesome

Comments For the past six months, I've been using a standard set of Ernie Ball Slinky strings, .10-.46 on my 24.75" scale length Ibanez Rocket Roll II. I really like how well I can bend the treble strings so that the level of resistance isn't too high as to hurt my fingers or make it difficult, but high enough to offer a decent amount of push against me. The bass strings were fine, but maybe a little loose. Whatever, I didn't really think much about it, until I found these strings...

When I got home and restrung my guitar, I was faced with an initial difficulty: the nut wasn't wide enough to accommodate the new low E string. Not to worry, though; a minute of gently rubbing the new string along the groove of the nut sorted that out. Once I had restrung and retuned as normal, I sat down and started to play; immediately I noticed that the new strings were MUCH tighter than the old ones and sounded much, much thicker. To put this into perspective, the A string is the same gauge as the low E string from a set of .9s. Everything sounds absolutely huge now, especially big chords and riffs. A huge step up in tone. I can still bend them fairly easily, though.

Now, I know that most people who use these strings are going to be using them in some sort of drop tuning, like D standard or drop C or something, so I tried these out, and the strings more than passed the test. The riffs were like trees instead of saplings now.

What I really think is underrated is how thicker strings help your picking. My alternate picking is pretty good, but with these thicker strings, the added resistance I get with my pick somehow helps tremendously. It's awesome.

If you see these strings anywhere and you own a 24.75" scale length guitar, you owe it to yourself to try these out in standard tuning.


Liked about it Big, thick tone
Feel
Drop tuning capability


Didn't like Impossible to find locally (not the product's fault)
Nothing else


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By meticadpa
Aug 06, 2011
 
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