Ernie Ball: Coated Titanium Electric Slinky Strings

ON A PREVIOUS EPISODE OF ACCESSORY FILE (September 2008), Ernie Ball had thrown its hat into the coated string ring with the introduction of four sets of Titanium Reinforced Coated Slinky Acoustic Strings. As you’ll recall, besides applying an ultra-thin coat of proprietary enamel to both wound and unwound strings, the unwound strings were also upgraded with the same Reinforced Plain Steel titanium wire on the ball-end lock twists that has been standard on the company’s wound strings for years. Now, the same treatment has been given to Ernie Ball’s Titanium Reinforced Coated Slinky electric strings ($17 retail/$10 street), available in Extra (.008-.038), Super (.009-.042), Hybrid (.009-.046), Regular (.010- .046), S.T.H.B. (.010-.052), Power (.011-.048), and Beefy (.011-.054) gauges.

We tested several Regular sets on various Fender, Gibson, and PRS guitars. Although the ultra-thin coating was detectable, overall the feel was much like that of uncoated strings, facilitating an easy transition from one type to the other. (The difference was more apparent after a week or two of regular use, when the usual corrosion hadn’t taken place.) The coated Slinkys also have essentially the same tonal characteristics as Nickel Wound Slinkys, though they are slightly less bright, making them a particularly good match with single-coil pickups. They have a balanced sound from string to string, and hold their pitch admirably. Put simply: If you are a Slinky fan now, these strings will feel and sound very familiar—they’ll just last a whole lot longer.

KUDOS Excellent, well-balanced tone. Traditional feel. Exceptionally /> CONCERNS None.
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