Trusted musician and artist reviews for Ernie Ball Power Slinky Guitar Strings (11-48)
Based on 21 Reviews
11s, the 'regular' gauge string
When you want more tension on Gibson scale or just a stonger fundamental, Ernie's Power Skinlies get the job done. I am also really fond of doing a heavy top, light bottom set with Regular Slinkies for wound strings and these for plain strings. Ernie does heavy bottom with light top, for loads of chunk but easy bending, don't know why they don't sell a set that ahs the opposite. It'd be easier on your guitar neck and on a Gibson scale the extra tension doesn't bother me on the plain strings and the tone is so good up top. anyway. I like Ernies in any gauge. They're 'just okay' in a consistent way.
Nice chunky strings for seasoned players.
Upgraded to these when I played in a jazz band, while also being in and out of studio and writing sessions for my other projects. I needed something a little more sturdy under my hands and these fit the job perfectly and I used them on all my guitars until recently when I found myself playing less frequently.
These work perfectly fine in everything from Drop C to regular Standard E without feeling overly tense to play, I'd recommend them if you're looking to downtune a step or are a frequent player who finds .9s or .10s too slack.
Can't do wrong with these
There's nothing you can't do with these. I have these on one guitar, and the lighter 9-42 gauge strings on another. These give you a bit more bite, and are great on a guitar that's typically a bit "lighter" in tone like say a Fender. I use them on a Telecaster with EMG pickups, single coil, and mostly play alt. rock or post hardcore kinda stuff. Works great. Reasonable price, and they hold up really well. I usually only change my strings once every 6 months, but they can last a year.
Hold criticism until after you use them
When I was restringing my Les Paul, I figured I'd give these a whirl. I was pulling them out of the sleeve and thinking they were gonna be too heavy to my liking. After tuning up, I realized they were perfect. I can still bend easily with these tuned to standard. The tone has some beefiness to it that I really enjoy, but it doesn't lose any clarity.