Ernie Ball is proud to announce the 2018 Slinky “Back of the Pack” artist list! This year is particularly special as we celebrate the Colors of Rock’N’Roll® campaign highlighting the iconic colors of the Ernie Ball guitar string packs since 1962. Each vibrantly designed pack represents a different string recipe/gauge. For more than 55 years, the biggest names in music including Slash, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards have used Ernie Ball Slinky Pinks, Purples, Greens, Reds, Oranges and Blues to write, record and perform some of the most important songs in rock history.

The reveal of the 2018 Slinky “Back of the Pack” list is one of the most sought-after achievements of guitar players worldwide and spotlights a who’s who list of Rock ‘N’ Roll. The lineup is updated every year and today we are revealing the 2018 list featuring 162 of the Ernie Ball’s most influential guitarists, multi-platinum artists, Grammy winners and exciting new voices ranging from Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai, John Mayer, to St. Vincent, Mac Demarco, Courtney Barnett, Ryan Adams, and The War On Drugs. This all-star lineup is featured on the flip side of each pack, which now comes in the brand-new metallic Colors of Rock’N’Roll® packaging.

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Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (Back of the Pack)
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Our family of artists are as important as our industry leading innovation. We’re backed by the best and excited to announce our 2018 back of the pack list. -Ernie Ball President Brian Ball

Metallica’s James Hetfield + Kirk Hammett


The Eagles, Joe Walsh with Deacon Frey

Paul Gilbert


Check out the full list:

Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Slash, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Buddy Guy, Angus Young, Steve Vai, Ronnie Wood, Joe Perry, John Petrucci, Steve Morse, John Mayer, Steve Lukather, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Joe Bonamassa, Albert Lee, Joe Walsh, Mick Mars, The Eagles, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Paul Stanley, Johnny Marr, Billie Joe Armstrong, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Matt Bellamy, The Strokes, Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, St. Vincent, Hunter Hayes, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, Rise Against, Glenn Tipton, Tool, A Perfect Circle, AFI, Paul Gilbert, Tom DeLonge, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Kurt Vile, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Maroon 5, Papa Roach, Thrice, Andy McKee, Sublime with Rome, Albert Lee, Pennywise, NOFX, Seether, Sum 41, Billy Talent, Sully Erna, At The Drive-In, Billy Duffy, Dhani Harrison, Clay Cook, Flogging Molly, Dave Navarro, 311, Robert Smith, Jimmy Eat World, Courtney Barnett, Frank Turner, J Mascis, Rascal Flatts, Dropkick Murphys, Kid Rock, Los Lobos, Alt-J, Tom Dumont, Bullet For My Valentine, MxPx, Jeff Loomis, Panic! At The Disco, MGMT, New Found Glory, Escape The Fate, Pierce The Veil, Eagles of Death Metal, Incubus, System Of A Down, Ilan Rubin, Steve Stevens, The Lumineers, Breaking Benjamin, Cage The Elephant, Mac DeMarco, The Descendents, Butch Walker, Dr. Dog, All That Remains, Death From Above 1979, All Time Low, A Day To Remember, Tony MacAlpine, Lagwagon, Dirty Heads, The White Buffalo, Bring Me The Horizon, Chris Broderick, Bush, Nickelback, Darius Rucker, Clint Black, Atlas Genius, Phantogram, Phoenix, Best Coast, Big Data, The 1975, AWOLnation, Deap Vally, The War On Drugs, Manchester Orchestra, The Gaslight Anthem, Wolf Alice, Of Mice & Men, Silversun Pickups, Jason Richardson, Lissie, Sleeping with Sirens, Florida Georgia Line, Daniel Donato, George Ezra, PVRIS, The Wombats, Alkaline Trio, Parkway Drive, Twin Shadow, Falling In Reverse, Every Time I Die, Walk The Moon, Wolfmother, Conor Oberst, Iration, Jared Dines, Rob Chapman, Charlie Parra, Ryan “Fluff” Bruce, Cold, The Devil Makes Three, The Melvins, Reignwolf, Face to Face, Beartooth, Jason Isbell, Gojira, Rick Springfield, and thousands more.


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  1. […] “Our family of artists are as important as our industry leading innovation,” says Ernie Ball president Brian Ball. “We’re backed by the best and excited to announce our 2018 back of the pack list, which can be seen here.” […]

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