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Thread: Cobalt Strings - yay or nay?

  1. #16

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    I've tried the Cobalt Strings, and they were nice, but I still prefer the Ernie Ball RPS Strings; 10-46. By the way, I'm new to the forum here. Hello everyone.

  2. #17

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    Welcome! Can't argue with that ... RPS are great strings.

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    Welcome aboard, Jim.

    I'm still trying to decide on the Cobalts. They have pluses and minuses for me. I like the little added growl they give me. A low E chug sounds pretty nasty with these things and pinch harmonic squeals seem to come much easier. But overall, they do seem a bit brighter than my regular Slinkys. It's going to take a little time for me to decide.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Ok ... but I'm saying you shouldn't need a more reinforced ball end if your guitar has no issues. That's not something that happens to everyone.
    Okay, I'm giving the Cobalts another chance on my non-Floyded guitars. They're certainly much more economical than the Paradigms and they sound as good as the M-Steels.

    I like the 3-pack deals you can get with the Cobalts, too.

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    I'm slowly coming around to the Cobalts. Feel is slightly different under the fingers, which took some getting used to, and there are still times where something sounds a little "off" to me (not "off" bad, but "off" different from what I'm used to). But then I crank up the distortion and chug.

    I wasn't wild about the Paradigms. I had them put on after my last setup. I didn't dislike them, necessarily, but after a couple of months, I really just decided they weren't for me. I may try the Cobalts out on a couple of other guitars, though.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

    http://mountainkingmusic.com
    http://spychocyco.blogspot.com

  6. #21

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    Thumbs up

    The 6-Packs of Cobalts you can get @ Amazon for $45 are an even better deal than the 3-Packs

    6 Sets of Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky 2721 Electric Guitar Strings 10-46 Amazon.com: 6 Sets of Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky 2721 Electric Guitar Strings 10-46: Musical Instruments

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    I just strung two if my guitars with Cobalt 9s yesterday for the first time and I'm definitely impressed with their bigger tone and higher output. I haven't noticed much of a difference in feel except they are a little rougher but its not enough to really bother me. The claims EB makes of tighter bass and enhanced brightness combined with more output was immediately apparent. I wanna get a pile of these strings but my only concern now is how the cobalt alloy effects fret wear. I would love to hear of anyones experience of this factor,, including EB customer service. I tried to post a thread about it today but it hasn't gone through yet. My concern is if the alloy wears down frets much faster than regular Super Slinkys, like a stainless steel string would.

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    I think it depends how heavy your fretting hand is. I never noticed much wear with Cobalts, however some people say they do. You can certainly try them for a while and see how you do. Wear is a gradual process, after all. They do sound amazing.

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    I’m having some issues with the strings themselves. I really like them but How do you keep them properly clean? I’m having issue with mines on a majesty. I set them up like 3 weeks ago and they are like super dirty and rusty. I play like 1-2 hours 5 times a week and keep the guitar hangin on the wall on my living room

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