For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of Super Slinky guitar strings on all my past guitars from several B.C. Rich‘s to a Fender Stratocaster to my current and beloved Gibson SG named Lil’ Dragon. So, I took the time to contact Ernie Ball to see if these two strings were just a change of packaging or two entirely different products.
Ernie Ball replied today, (super fast customer service, by the way), and stated these two were different products, and directed me to their website to compare.
Both guitar string sets share the same gauges including .009, .011, .016, .024w, .032 and .042. And yes, both are enveloped in pink packaging. I am a girl, and am allowed to enjoy bright pink colors. 😁
The Ernie Ball Super Slinky guitar strings are made with nickel plated steel wire, that is wrapped around a tin plated hex shaped steel core wire. The non-wrapped strings are made of tempered tin-plated high carbon steel.
The Classic Rock n Rock Super Slinky guitar strings are made of pure nickel that is wrapped around tin plated hex-shaped steel core wire. The plain strings are made high carbon steel round wire with a brass wire ball end.
These two guitar string sets produce different sounds. The Super Slinky strings are said to be more balanced in comparison to that of the Rock n Roll Super Slinky strings. Super Slinkys produce a not too bright and not too dark, even sound. I love these on my Gibson SG, which is made of mahogany and rosewood. These strings seem to temper the dark moodiness of my guitar.
The Rock n Roll strings produce are said to produce a rich and warm jazzy sound, thus softening the tinny blow for brighter sounding guitars, such as those produced with maple, like that of a Fender Stratocaster. These strings might be a beautiful choice for the Fender Jazzmaster.
So, in comparing bright pink or fuchsia, do you want nickel-plated steel or pure nickel? Brighter or darker? It is up to your personal preference.