These strings are very commonly found in guitar stores around the globe, many players use them and rightfully so, they are an excellent set if you want aggressive, roundwound tone from your bass. Each set that I have purchased has lasted at least 3 months before needing to be changed. The strings are equipped with a Hex core and Nickel winding, making them a well rounded string to play on with plenty of bite, but if you tone down your attack with your right hand, things can get pretty darn mellow!
Key points: Good feel, Big tone, and good longevity.
Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Bass Strings
- 4.3/5, 4.3 from 2 reviews
Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrids. A comfortable, bright string.
A very comfortable, bright nickel string. Not too pricey either.
- 4.5/5, 4.5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 25, 2019
- Build Quality:
- + Just a really good solid sound.
- - None that I can think of?
I recently picked up a set of these Hybrid Slinky's 45-105 and I've got to say, I really like them. I put them on my USA Peavey Cirrus 4 string which is a 35" scale. I was wondering if the tension would be uncomfortable given the extended scale but the strings feel great! Still quite flexible and very smooth under the fingers. The tone seems balanced. Bright with a slight boost in the hi-mids and good lows represented to my ears at least. This isn't my first foray into Slinkys. I used the Super Slinky 45-100 and the Extra Slinky 40-95 for years. They are just a nice feeling string. Again I was a little worried about the increased tension of a higher gauge set but I hardly noticed the difference between the Super Slinky and Hybrid Set.
We have all read the stories of Slinkys losing their brightness quickly. I'm not gigging and I'm not playing under hot house lights and sweating on these so I can't comment how quickly they will fade but so far so good.
I've included a clip of a set of new Super Slinkys on my Geddy Lee Jazz just for a reference. Please excuse my horrible playing!
The TalkBass String Comparison Sound Clip Thread!
- Ernie Ball Nickel Wound Electric Bass Strings are made from nickel plated steel wrapped around a hex shaped steel core wire. Each bass guitar string produces a bright, balanced tone and manufactured with the finest and freshest raw materials in the beautiful Coachella Valley of Southern California. Gauges .045, .065, .085, .105