Some of the world’s best guitarists have graced us with their talents and their presence over the years of filming our beloved content series, Ernie Ball: String Theory. Find out which ones made our list for Top “Guitar Gods”.
If you open your mind up to the idea that music is a sharing experience it gives you a better mindset as far as creating and puts you in the right place.
It’s something that helps define myself to myself. It gives me a real sort of foundation as to what I feel–I believe–that I was put on this earth to do, which is to make music.
Kirk Hammett plays standard (D# tuning) with Ernie Ball Paradigm Regular Slinkys with a .48 single for a custom set. Kirk also uses our Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium Light acoustic strings when writing music and in the studio.
When I’m playing, and I’m in the moment of just sitting and playing, there’s a lot of freedom in my head, and melodies. I love when I just play and the first thing that comes to mind just comes out. It’s very liberating.
Steve Vai plays Ernie Ball’s Paradigm Super Slinky electric guitar strings when crafting his signature sound.
As human beings, we’re visual creatures, and it’s so easy to play the guitar by looking at it. It’s a real challenge to go from that visual way of perceiving the guitar to getting back to that pure sound connecting to the instrument. The guitar is such a beautiful way to take what you hear in your head and make it real.
Paul Gilbert uses RPS Extra Slinky electric guitar strings to achieve is signature tone.
The guitar has been the greatest thing. Having the gift to hold [a guitar] and make a living doing this, and express myself as a human being through it… I don’t know what I’d do without this thing. That’s really the truth.
Steve Lukather plays Ernie Ball Paradigm Super Slinky electric guitar strings in the studio and out on the road.