Remembering Ernie Ball!

Last Update: Sep 9, 2023

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Hi, WA Friends

Today, I'm taking a moment to remember Ernie Ball, the American musician and entrepreneur who left an indelible mark on the world of guitar. September 9, (2004) marks the anniversary of his passing.

Virtually every electric guitar player is familiar with his name and has probably used his strings at some point.

So, what does he have to do with online marketing? Well, nothing, unless you're in the online guitar niche, but I hope you'll take a few moments out of your busy day to relax, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy his story, even if you're not a guitar player.

Go ahead, admit it. You must be getting a little tired of reading the same posts, repackaged again and again. How to rank on page one, is my niche narrow enough?, how to use every possible second in the day doing affiliate marketing, Hahaha (jk)!

Early Life And Musical Beginnings

Ernie Ball was born on August 30, 1930, in Santa Monica, California. He was a man of many talents, but his love for music was evident from a young age. He started playing the steel guitar at just nine years old. By the time he was 19, he was already touring with big names like Tommy Duncan. But Ernie wasn't just content with playing; he had a vision for the future of guitar music.

The Birth Of Ernie Ball Strings

In 1962, Ernie Ball opened a guitar shop in Tarzana, California. It was here that he noticed a gap in the market for custom gauge guitar strings. Most strings at the time were too thick and hard to bend, making it difficult for guitarists to achieve the expressive sounds they desired. So, Ernie took matters into his own hands and created the first-ever custom gauge rock 'n' roll guitar strings. These strings were an instant hit, and the Ernie Ball brand was born.

My Experience With Ernie Ball Strings

I've tried every brand of electric guitar strings you can name over the years, starting from 5th grade, but I've always came back to "Ernie's!" In high school, I used an insanely thin string set that was only made by Dan Armstrong, and I broke the high-E (thinnest) string about three times a week. I always carried a whole package of them in my guitar case! Lol

These days, I only use Ernie Ball 10s (well, sometimes 11s) because they have the sound and playability I want.

Famous Guitarists Who Swear By Ernie Ball Strings

Ernie Ball strings have been the go-to choice for many legendary guitarists. The back of every string package proudly displays a list of some of the greats who have used them in their careers.

I had ChatGPT collect names that are typically found on the back of a pack of guitar strings and categorize them. Believe it or not, this is not a complete list. Some names appear more than once. Prepare to be amazed!

The Legends

  • Eric Clapton
  • Jimmy Page
  • Paul McCartney
  • Keith Richards
  • Slash
  • Jeff Beck
  • Pete Townshend
  • Buddy Guy
  • Angus Young

The Virtuosos

  • Steve Vai
  • John Petrucci
  • Steve Morse
  • Eric Johnson
  • Steve Lukather
  • Tony MacAlpine
  • Tosin Abasi
  • Paul Gilbert

The Metal Gods

  • Kirk Hammett
  • James Hetfield
  • Zakk Wylde
  • Dimebag Darrell
  • Marty Friedman
  • John 5
  • Synyster Gates
  • Glenn Tipton

The Classic Rockers

  • John Fogerty
  • Elvis Costello
  • Paul Stanley
  • Ronnie Wood
  • Keith Richards
  • Joe Perry
  • John Mayer
  • Joe Walsh
  • Steve Stevens
  • Susan Tedeschi
  • Gary Moore
  • Johnny Hiland
  • Tom DeLonge

The Blues Masters

  • Derek Trucks
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Joe Walsh
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Buddy Guy
  • Eric Clapton

The Country Stars

  • Brad Paisley
  • Albert Lee
  • Vince Gill
  • Keith Urban
  • Marty Stuart
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Andy McKee

Honors And Awards

Ernie Ball's contributions to the music industry have not gone unnoticed. Here's a list of some of the honors and awards he received:

  • Vintage Guitar Magazine Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Guitar Player Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
  • NAMM Milestone Award for 50 Years of Service in the Music Products Industry (2012)

Performance Career

While Ernie was a successful entrepreneur, he never lost his passion for performing. Throughout his life, he played in various bands and even released a few albums. His unique style and technique made him a sought-after session musician, and he contributed to numerous recordings over the years.


Ernie Ball's discography may not be extensive, but it's impactful. Here are some of his notable works:

  • "The Whims of Instrumentals" (1961)
  • "Ernie Rides Again" (1972)
  • "String Along with Ernie" (1980)

The Legacy Lives On: Strings, Guitars, And Amps!

Ernie Ball's legacy continues to thrive. His strings are still the industry standard, and his contributions to the world of guitar are immeasurable!

In the early 1980s, the Ernie Ball company acquired Music Man, expanding into the production of high-quality guitars, basses, and amplifiers. Leo Fender designed the guitars, while Tom Walker built the amps.

And there you have it, folks! A tribute to the man, the myth, the legendโ€”Ernie Ball! If you read all the way down to here, you have the heart of a guitar player, so practice-up or go out and buy yourself a guitar! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Tell me what you think about Ernie Ball in the comments. What guitar strings do you use (if any)?

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

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Thank you for showing homage to the great musician and entrepreneur Ernie Ball. This is a well-curated, refined info, great aesthetics, great legendary history that will live on for many generations to come.

You are the Siskel & Ebert of the Modern Day Guitar World. Who else has the ability to combine the technical aspect with the aesthetics?

Today, we honor you and your passion for music, entrepreneurship, and sharing knowledge with others. You have already made positive contributions to this community and will continue to do so.

There are a few names on your list that I hold in high esteem for their contributions to the various genres of music that I listen to everyday such as Eric Clapton, Jon Mayer, and Keith Urban. My regular go-tos.

Thank you for all of your hard work! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽ‰Yahoo!!!

You keep our affiliate marketing community live and vibrant day in and day out, so Rock On my friend and colleague. By the way, one more thing that your tribute to Eric Ball has done.. it reminded me of when I first visited CA for the first time.

My friend, Evie took me straight to the Santa Monica peer where they were partying like no tomorrow, DJs wigging out on Eric Ball's music, old men jamming with the beach bunnies and every one was having a blast. I was still in my 20s. This was a big deal for me.

So, thank you for this invaluable post. It rocked our affiliate marketing world.

You are the Best of the Best on every level.

Your affiliate friend,

Hi Rachele

I super appreciate that, but there are many musicians here at Wealthy Affiliate.

I can understand why you cherish those CA memories in your 20s.

Musical memories are the best!

Today I was fooling around on a guitar and some tunes came out that I havenโ€™t played since high school, along with an incredible walk back through time.

It was like opening a time capsule full of people, sounds, and good times in the โ€˜60s!๐Ÿ˜Ž

Iโ€™m so glad you connected on a personal level with this Ernie Ball post. He was quite a guy!

Rock On!๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Absolutely! Maestro.

Music can transport the mind back to many sacred moments in time. It is a very powerful asset to be connected to and with. Reading your post took me back to that amazing event in Santa Monica. It was surreal.

In addition, the Santa Monica freeway is also one of-a-kind treasure. It looks like the Indie 500. I am not sure, but I think it has more lanes than most highways. Driving on this freeway, is an experience, in and of itself.

Just got two words for you,
Rock On!๐ŸŽธ

Have a Rockinโ€™ Sunday, Rachele! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ”ฅโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค˜

Frank ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽธ


Hi Frank! It IS lovely to read a different type of blog for a change! Haha, now Iโ€™ve learned a whole lot of things I didnโ€™t know, so thanks for that. I wish I could remember what strings my dad used to use, but no luck. I may just need to soon learn guitar lol.

Rock On!
Susan ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿค˜

Thanks, Susan. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Iโ€™m sure your dad would know, so ask him and let me know.

I think that you and a guitar would be an awesome combination!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽต

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ


Can't say I had ever heard about Ernie before Frank, but I certainly know a lot about him now and his contributions to the music world!!

Thanks for the fantastically informative read as always my friend and....

Rock On!!


Youโ€™re welcome, Nick. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Have a fabulous weekend! ๐Ÿป
Frank ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ

You too buddy!


Great story but laughed at the heading. Ernie ball stringsโ€ฆI know, straight to the other

Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it, Steve!

Did you buy that Fender Squier guitar yet??

Frank ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ

Not yet, Iโ€™m probably moving back to Australia for a few years starting next year and will do it then.. the guitar purchase. Will be better for warranty too.

Sounds good, Steve. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž

Frank ๐ŸŽธ

The Ernie Ball Majesty 6 is flippin' gorgeous!

I don't think I've ever met a guitar case that didn't have a fresh pack of Ernie Ball strings, or remnants of wrappers torn open in haste to get on with the gig in it. Ahh memories...

ยถ #4 is genius.

Rock on, Frank.


Hi, Dave

I played the six string version of the guitar and it sounds as good as it looks. It has a 17-inch fretboard radius, as flat as they come for shredding and tapping!

Youโ€™re absolutely right! Iโ€™ve really never seen anything but Ernie Balls and Dโ€™Addarios in guitar cases.

If youโ€™re playing a guitar on stage with a floating whammy bar bridge and break a string, thereโ€™s no easy way to recover from that, unless you have a backup guitar.

Thatโ€™s a great time for the monster drum solo! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

No comment regarding paragraph number four! Lol ๐Ÿ˜

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฅ
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Wow, Frank! I had heard of Ernie Ball, but this went a long way to flesh out what I did not know!

Happy Saturday!


So glad you enjoyed that, Jeff!๐Ÿ‘

They make bass guitar strings, too! ๐ŸŽต

Happy Saturday! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Frank ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ

Awesome, Frank! Thanks!


Rock On, Jeff! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ”ฅโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ Thanks, Frank!

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