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    Cobalt Strings

    Who's using them? What is your impression?

    From the EB Literature:
    "Engineered to maximize output and clarity, Ernie Ball Cobalt Slinky Guitar Strings are the latest innovation in string technology. Seeking to provide guitarists and bassists with a new voice, Cobalt strings provide an extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs.

    Cobalt provides a stronger magnetic relationship between pickups and strings than any other alloy previously available. Cobalt Slinkys are also soft and silky to the touch, making string bending a breeze."
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    I had them on my stripper for quite awhile. Like the tone a lot. They seemed loud and alive. They feel a kinda weird, not as smooth as "regular" strings. They seemed to last a long time. In the end, I can't see using them on many of my guitars because I change strings frequently on guitars I gig with. But maybe on some guitars I keep around the house.

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    I put them on my jazzbox and I noticed them being clearer and louder, but I also picked a heavier gauge, so I can't really make any definitive conclusions. I will put some of my Custom 22 soon, so I can really see what the difference is...

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    I have them on all my guitars right now. Much fuller tone and louder. Not sure how long they last because I'm still on the first sets. They do feel different and as Slash said, "buttery." My wife says they bend easier. She was using 9s so she could bend and switched to 10s with the Cobalts.
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    They went on both my Cu24 and SE One immediately after their release. Gigged them both for about a month. Initial thoughts: instantly noticeable power difference...like raising the pup a couple of screw turns. The feel is different. Not 'bad' different, just different. Seemed to polish my calluses almost to a shine. I wouldn't call them brighter, but with more presence. A bit of slitting hairs there, but for the same reason I tweak presence instead of treble, sometimes...if that makes sense. Cobalts don't seem to age, even after a month of gigging and daily playing. No apparent crap accumulation, discoloration or rusting - even if I don't wipe them down after a hard gig. Over all...these are fantastic strings! The freakin' rock with the P-90.

    Then I got complacent and wondered if I imagined some/most of the differences. Off went the Cobalts and back on went the D'Addario 10s on the One and 9s on the Cu24. Instant disappointment. Sounded flatter, weaker. Not wanting to waste a new set of strings, I giged them once but had to put Cobalts back on immediately. I'm hooked.

    My skepticism was washed away with genuine results. The power 'thing' is real. Bolder, more powerful but not adversely so. The feel is not a biggie once you get used to it. And the life of these strings is unsurpassed, IMO. If the price comes down to 2x the price of normal strings, they will become a household name. But even at 3x premium, they are a justified upgrade that I would endorse. In fact, EB, I use both 9s and 10s. PM me for my mailing address.

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    I just picked up a set. Now I need to decide where to try them 1st.

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    Cool

    What Boogie said...
    I put them on my Mira and instantly noticed a nice improvement in feel and presence.
    Now I'm going to put them on my 305 and the SE ONE as well. I've heard some people find a larger improvement on humbuckers than single coils. We shall see...
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    Just found a store that had the gauge I was looking for (12's) and look forward to putting them on my McCarty Hollowbody. I was shocked at how insistent the employees were that these were skinny top heavy bottom strings. Big difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solacematt View Post
    Just found a store that had the gauge I was looking for (12's) and look forward to putting them on my McCarty Hollowbody. I was shocked at how insistent the employees were that these were skinny top heavy bottom strings. Big difference.
    Tonally or literally (string guage).
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    I forgot to mention that this sound great when playing slide!

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    Is Ernie Ball the only one making them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Tonally or literally (string guage).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Tonally or literally (string guage).
    I wouldn't characterize Cobalts as tonally skinny top/heavy bottom at all. In fact, I had a hybrid set that I didn't like on my One. Went back to straight 10s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAFeathers View Post
    Is Ernie Ball the only one making them?
    They're the only one's I've seen. So far...

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    ClearTone makes a claim that they are louder as well...haven't used them personally, but anyone compare them?
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    Here are the different versions of Cobalt strings from EB. I was surprised to see so many options.

    Extra Slinky


    Super Slinky


    Hybrid Slinky


    Regular Slinky


    Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinky


    Beefy Slinky


    Power Slinky


    Not Even Slinky (for drop tuning)


    And there is a series for us Bass Player's too,
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    I'm using the regulars. I agree with a previous post that the tone difference is more noticable on humbuckers. Don't know that I would put them on the strat again because of the added cost.
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    I'm very curious about these so I just ordered some regular and hybrid.
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    Anything but EB........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Not Even Slinky (for drop tuning)
    Looking forward to putting these on my McCarty Hollowbody tonight
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