Ernie Ball Electric Guitar - Reinforced Plain Strings Super Slinky, .009 - .042, 2239

Ernie Ball






1st E




2nd B




3rd G




4th D

Nickel Plated Steel Wound



5th A

Nickel Plated Steel Wound



6th E

Nickel Plated Steel Wound




RPSÒ (Reinforced Plain String)

A patented winding of bronze wire is tightly wrapped around the lock twist of the ball end. String slippage and breakage are minimized at the ball end where these most often occur. RPSÒ strings last longer and stay in tune better than conventional plain strings. Used for electric and acoustic guitars (except classics).

Electric Strings

Wound strings sound the lower pitch notes. They consist of wrap wire lightly coiled around a core wire. Nickel plated steel, the most popular, produces a well balanced all around good sound. Stainless steel provides a brighter sound. Pure nickel, which some believe gives a richer, fuller sound.

Plain strings sound the higher pitch notes. They are made of a specially tempered high carbon steel wire. They are used as first, second, and often third strings.

Core Wire

Core wire is the center of a wound string. It is of specially tempered high carbon steel. The crosscut end view reveals a shape that is not round, but hex shaped. The points of the hex shape help hold the wrap wire securely in place. Hex core wire is used for the wound strings of both electric and acoustic guitars, banjos, and mandolins - but not classic guitars.