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    EB Flatwound Cobalts / Bongo 5 HH

    I am in a bit of a dilemma here, I have just recently acquired a new Bongo 5HH that came with the stock Roundwound Slinky's which I really like the sound of. But I am a Flatwound Guy and although I love the sound of the Slinky's on my Bongo I miss the feel of Flats. I have a set of Flatwound Cobalts and I am itching to put them on, but I don't want to lose that zing that I get with the Slinky's.
    So if I put Cobalt Flats on my Bongo will it lose much of its characteristic tone.
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    The Cobalts will make your dreams come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    The Cobalts will make your dreams come true.

    Trust me, I'm a doctor.

    (Disclaimer: not a doctor.)
    I think I will take the Slinky's off tomorrow and put on the Cobalt Flats. I know that didn't take a lot of convincing my friend but I was already half way there!
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    bongos have a way with flats that is very appealing

    you can and should dooo it!

    MrM
    flats for the bongo!
    roundwounds for the fretless!

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    I literally can’t stand to play my Bongo HH basses with anything but Cobalt flats now. Tonal match nirvana and perfect feel (for me anyway.)
    -Ben

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    The Cobalts are the same gauge as the stock strings, so would there be any truss rod adjustment needed
    Musicman Classic Stingray 4H Sunburst with Maple Fretboard and Birdseye finish (2016)
    Musicman Bongo 5HH Stealth Black with Ebony Fretboard (2017)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    The Cobalts are the same gauge as the stock strings,
    so would there be any truss rod adjustment needed
    Guage is the outer build-up of mass via windings.
    Cores can be different tensile strengths and thus
    have different tension qualities. And acoarst the
    two are interdependent ... if the windings weigh
    more [more mass] &or are less stiffly wound then
    it takes more tension to raise the pitch to a given
    note. IOW, don't assume anything based on fact
    of equal guage/diameter. Kinda like two cowbells
    matching width, length, and depth ... but of two
    different styles. Steel may be thicker or softer or
    whatever yada yada ... no two alike :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    I am in a bit of a dilemma here, I have just recently acquired a new Bongo 5HH that came with the stock Roundwound Slinky's which I really like the sound of. But I am a Flatwound Guy and although I love the sound of the Slinky's on my Bongo I miss the feel of Flats. I have a set of Flatwound Cobalts and I am itching to put them on, but I don't want to lose that zing that I get with the Slinky's.
    So if I put Cobalt Flats on my Bongo will it lose much of its characteristic tone.
    You can always go back.
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    2015 Stingray 4H SLO Special Black Cherry w/ Rosewood - E96203
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