Record Store Day is having a special event for Black Friday this year! The day is known as a celebration for all of the the independent record store owners and employees to help spread the word about the unique culture surrounding their stores and communities.

Special vinyl and album releases are made exclusively for Record Store Day and sold at in-store events. Artists participating range from Ernie Ball’s Colors of Rock ‘N’ Campaign artists like Paul McCartney and Keith Richards, to our beloved indie bands like Violent Femmes and The Wombats. Below is a list of all the Ernie Ball family of artists participating in Record Store Day. Find your participating local record store venue here and be sure to support your favorite musicians and local stores this Black Friday.

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney will be contributing to Record Store Day with tracks “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me” from this year’s release of his solo album, Egypt Station. Each track represents a different “station” that McCartney experienced through his life.


Paul McCartney plays Ernie Ball Super Slinkys and Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium-Light acoustic strings.

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Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses)

Guns ‘N’ Roses will be releasing the original 7″ “Shadow of Your Love” and “Movin’ to the City” tracks. Only available in the Locked ‘N’ Loaded box set. Slash has been busy this year, releasing a new album in collaboration with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators called Living the Dream. Ernie Ball and Slash recently released a film together called “Unbroken Expression”. Go inside Slash’s private studio and hear what has inspired him to create his legendary tone throughout the decades. Learn more and watch the film here.


Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses plays PARADIGM Power Slinky guitar strings.

Keith Richards

Perhaps the greatest rhythm guitarist in rock & roll, the legendary Keith Richards will be releasing his take on the Christmas classic “Run Rudolph Run” as a 12″ track for Black Friday.  Keep up with the latest news and updates with Keith Richards on his website here.


Keith Richards has played Ernie Ball Regular Slinky electric guitar strings since 1965.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton will be releasing a special 12″ die cut single, featuring bonus tracks not found on Eric’s new holiday record which is the first holiday music he has ever released in his decades-long career called, Happy Xmas. It mixes instantly recognizable holiday classics with unique titles along with an original new song “For Love On Christmas Day.” The album also features super personal cover art illustrations by Clapton himself.


Eric Clapton plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.

Chris Cornell

Record Store Day is paying tribute to Chris Cornell by releasing his When Bad Does Good EP. Chris Cornell continues to inspire musicians everywhere for his extremely talented songwriting, his well known lead vocals for rock bands; Soundgarden and Audioslave, and his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions over the last few decades.


We’re humbly honored to claim that Chris Cornell played with Ernie Ball strings. His preference of gauges were Regular Slinky electric guitar strings and when he played acoustic he used Phosphor Bronze sets.

All Participating Ernie Ball Artists

Ernie Ball Artist Release Type Strings
A Perfect Circle So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish 7″ Power Slinky Bass Strings + Custom Singles 13-56
Blue Oyster Cult Some Enchanted Evening (Legacy Edition) 2XLP Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
Collective Soul Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid LP Regular + Power Slinky Cobalt Electric Guitar Strings
Garbage Destroying Angels 7″ RPS Regular Slinky, RPS Power Slinky, + Paradigm Medium Light Acoustic Strings
The Joy Formidable “The Better Me”/”Dance of the Lotus” 7″ Regular Slinky Electric + Regular Slinky Bass Strings
Manchester Orchestra The Black Mile Demos EP Power Slinky Electric, Regular Slinky Bass Strings, + Ernie Ball Volume Pedals
Paul McCartney “I Don’t Know”/”Come On To Me” 7″ Super Slinky Electric Guitar + Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium-Light Acoustic Strings
Nothing Blue Line Baby 12″ Paradigm Power Slinky, Paradigm Regular Slinky, + Regular Slinky Bass Strings
Rage Against The Machine (Tim Commerford) Live & Rare 2XLP Regular Slinky Bass Strings + the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Bass
Keith Richards Run Rudolph Run 12″ Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
Violent Femmes Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes 2XLP Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium Light,
Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass, + Hybrid Bass Slinky Strings
Weezer Africa 10″ Regular Slinky Electric + Hybrid Slinky Bass Strings
Dave Matthews Band (Stefan Lessard) DMBLive 2.22.94 Trax – Charlottesville, VA 4XLP Super Slinky Bass Strings + the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay5 Special Bass
The Wombats The Wombats EP 10th Anniversary 10″ Power Slinky Electric, Not Even Slinky Electric, Cobalt Power Slinky Electric, Cobalt Hybrid Bass, + Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Strings
BØRNS BØRNS: Live At Amoeba Music in Hollywood LP Regular Slinky Electric + Paradigm Regular Slinky Strings
CKY Too Precious To Kill EP Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Electric w/ the Ernie Ball Music Man JP 16 + Regular 5 String Bass Strings w/ the StingRay 5 Bass
Eric Clapton Happy Xmas 12″ Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
Chris Cornell When Bad Does Good 7″ Regular Slinky Electric + Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings
Guns ‘N’ Roses (Slash) Shadow Of Your Love b/w Movin’ To The City (1988 Acoustic Version) 7″ Paradigm Power Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla LP Power Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
Tom Morello The Atlas Underground (Instrumentals) 2XLP Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
The Smashing Pumpkins SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO
LP Power Slinky Electric, Beefy Slinky Electric, + Earthwood 80/20 Medium Acoustic Strings
Sublime Greatest Hits LP Power Slinky Electric, Regular Slinky 5 String Bass, + Regular Slinky Bass Strings.
Unwritten Law “Unwritten Christmas” feat. Sum 41/”Please
Come Home For Christmas”
7″ Power Slinky Electric + Power Slinky Bass Strings

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