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Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky Set, .010-.046

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Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky Set, .010-.046

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  • Brand: ERNIE BALL
  • Product Code: P02721
  • Cobalt Regular Slinky - Electric Guitar Strings - .010-.046 Gauge
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Awesome Sound, But Cobalt Isn't For EverybodyI guess I should've expected this to come when buying cobalt strings. They're not for everybody. On the plus side, these strings have an amazingly bright sound, and they're perfect for getting the best tone. However, they're probably the dullest strings I've ever seen and felt. They're duller and uglier than pencil lead, and they feel rough like sandpaper. If you're not bothered by a rough feel and want a killer bright tone, they're perfect for you. Otherwise I'd stay away from cobalt.4The right string for one of my guitarsThese are interesting Strings. I've been a D'addario fan for years, but as a kid I only used Earnies. I don't like regular Earnies now, but love these. They are a little stronger sounding.There IS a little bit of a fuzzy feel to them, physically, almost like they are etched, it's the opposite of my other favorite string I use on my Les Paul, the D'addario Half Rounds, which are very slippery. But with some string lube these are great. for my Hagstrom they really shine. The right tone mix and they last and keep their tone for a good while.Know this: if you don't know how to set up a guitar, get someone who knows how to do so, because many a guitar has been written off as being bad that was actually a great guitar. Also, using good strings and keeping them fresh also makes a huge difference. Use string lube it protects them and makes them play better. Also, TRIM YOUR NAILS! Nails tear up strings and fretboards.If you need a hotter sound with a blanced brightness and some crunch that still works when clean, these are darned good. I play Prog, Jazz-Prog, ShoeGaze, Hard Rock, and ambient and these suit me well. Easily worth the 3 extra dollars a set honestly. And they stay in tune fairly well, not perfect, but pretty well.5Slinky regular cobalt reviewBear in mind, as far as guitar skills go I'm in the novice/intermediate range so this review isn't coming from an expert, rather from someone still learning how to play well. When I pick up my electric guitar I tend to play more rock/metal (e.g. Skynyrd, Metallica, Monster Magnet, etc.) than anything else so I figured cobalts would be a good call to test out.Overall the cobalts are excellent strings for me as the tone and sustain are awesome for playing rock/metal, they're very durable compared to regular slinkys and hold their tune very well even right after putting them on. I find them a bit easier to bend than regular nickel-wound strings which helps for someone learning though they are not as 'smooth' (the edges of the wound strings seem a little sharper under your fingers) as regular nickel-wound strings. The cobalts also seem to last a lot longer than regular slinkys (maybe 3 times longer or so) before they start to sound 'dead' so the higher cost is worth it for that attribute alone since it's less time spent restringing/breaking in one set of cobalts vs. three sets of regular slinkys.As a sidenote, I play Rocksmith a lot to help me learn (really a great tool for people learning) as well as encourage me to practice and the cobalt strings solved a lot of problems I was having with notes not registering in the game, which was driving me nuts. It's probably due to old pickups in my guitar or something, but whatever the reason I'd definitely recommend these strings to fellow Rocksmith players.Definitely going to keep buying these in the future.5Good for clean solos, but thats about it.I play a Gibson Led Paul, and used a different brand strings for over 30 years. I remember using Ernie back in the day, but always wanted a deeper sound like Zack Wylde.I wanted to change things up and try these, but noticed very quickly that they did not have a deep heavier sound.The dobhave a nice feel and work great when adding a bit of vibrato, but they really only sound good when laying down an 80s type solo.If your looking for a punch in the gut, they are deffinetly lacking in that department.I would recommend these for clean soloing, but stay away if you want that rich, deep soundRig used:1.1960s Classic Gibson Led Paul with EMGs,2.Marshal JCM half stack with A cab and 100w head.3. Boss super overdrive with other pedals.4Gritty feel. Not a big fan.I'm an amateur, so take my review with a grain of salt.I put a set of 10s on one of my guitars replacing an older set of Ernie Ball slinkys. My ear can't really detect a difference in tone, but that's me. The strings do seem softer than a set of regular slinkys but they also feel "gritty" when bending. I have 4 guitars and have always used the normal slinkys but have never had them feel gritty before. I probably won't buy more cobalts because of that.3Still not totally sure, but I like them.I bought these mostly out of curiosity. I normally use regular Ernie Ball Super Slinky. When I first put these on my guitar, they felt a lot rougher than the regular slinky strings. So much so, that I considered just throwing them out because they literally felt like sandpaper. Well, I bit the bullet and strung them up. They broke in after a few sessions and they feel normal to me now. They seem a bit more "twangy" than my normal strings to me, which I actually like. As for longevity and value, I expect a lot from Ernie Ball. I haven't had these on limg enough to know how they will wear over time - but they seem to be doing pretty well for now.4Stay in-Tune & Last Longer!I've used standard Slinky's for over 40 years because the offered the best combination of tone, value and playability. Although it took me awhile to want to spend a few extra dollars to try the Cobalt versions, I'm really happy that I did. My experience is that Cobalts stay in tune longer throughout a given session, and tend to last longer (although the latter is not as big of a requirement for me as I typically change my strings about every month and a half anyway).The combination of tunability and extra life make these a pretty good value overall and have become my new string of choice for all of my guitars.5Sold on Cobalts!These strings are amongst the 2 best for tone I've ever tried. I'd tried Ernie Balls before but never liked them. These stings are very balanced and sound better not only for chords but in comparison to the Fender 3150SL, 8guage, pure nickel I've been using, they are much stronger for solos, as well. Due to arthritis, I have to use 8 gauge and while different from the 9 gauge, which I did try, they don't sound thin and whimpy. The timbre also does not get thinner when playing above the 15th fret. These are very ballsy strings for 8's.Related, but perhaps guitar dependent is the following: I use a Fender Jeff Beck Strat. It has a roller nut. While it is better than a static nut, sometimes strings do get caught up and remain either sharp of flat. I play a lot, a couple of hours a day. Even after stretching, it took one week for the G string to settle in to tune. The other stings were typical of other good sets. I used them last night beginning week 3 and they are staying in tune very nicely. I know people ding 8's saying they never stay in tune, but I've been using 8's for quite some time. I found it is manufacturer dependent and yes, sometimes it is set dependent. But, sometimes you get a set of anything that lasts longer than others even with the same amount of use, so who is to really say. It's a thing of averages.This is my first set of Cobalt 8's and I'm testing the longevity , too. I am quite tough with bends on the first 2 strings often bending 2 1/2 steps. The first 3 strings still sound great after 2 solid weeks, though I think the low E is beginning to fade. That's pretty darned good life and even if I had to change them at the typical 2 weeks I get on the Fenders, I'd stay with these at the added expense because the tone is so good. Also note that I ALWAYS clean my strings after use and between sets, rubbing them down with Fender SLICK after wiping each string individually with a chamois. I found that with the Fender 3150s that doing this doubles string life. No joke. Doubles string life. So, here I go into week 3. If I remember to, I'll update this review.5Not what I expected at all...in a bad way.I waited awhile to put these on my Strat and then waited even longer so I could play them for a month plus BEFORE rating them. They have lasted, sounding relatively the same as I opened them after a good month of playing. The output does seem to be higher than regular nickel strings. My problem was the feel. I don't know if it's a coating or just how the Cobalt alloy feels but it's very different than other strings and distractingly so. My usual strings, Fender Bullets 3250's have a much more fluid and fast feel. These have a dragging quality with the fingers that to me just didn't feel good. I don't regret trying them, but I will not be picking up any more Cobalt strings.3Too bright at first, now great, but YMMVWhen I first put these on my Jackson, I was amazed at how bright they were. Then I turned on my amp (Marshall head + 1960 cabinet) and was very disappointed. The strings were TOO bright. I know, that sounds odd, but I just didn't like it. Keep in mind, I'm a "metal" guy, so I like my sound a lot darker, but I always love the bright-yet-evil tones new strings always bring.The Jackson is tuned normally, and I do play more than just metal, but even clean tones and non-metal distorted tones were just too dang bright. The treble nature of these strings + 2x9v EMG-81 bridge pickups kept muddling everything together in a weird, not pleasant way. I've messed with my tone controls a hundred different ways, and no matter what, it was just too bright. I initially was going to give the strings a 1- or 2- star rating, but with the explanation/context of why. They are NOT bad strings at all. Just too freakin' bright and sharp and treble-y.However, I bought these about the same time as I bought my wife an electric bass + amp. I decided to leave the strings on the Jackson as my ESP has the super bottom-end heavy strings and is set up and tuned to D, though I spend a lot of time in drop C. So I kept these Cobalts on the Jackson so she and I wouldn't have tuning issues while teaching her to play. Fast-forward about two months, and my initial dislike for the strings has changed.I'm really liking how they've held their brightness, but it has mellowed out quite a bit after 6-8 weeks of banging around on them. Again, still very bright, but yet now they no longer bleed notes into one another while annoying me to death with the sheer high-pitched treble.However, even though I'm very thorough about cleaning strings and the guitar after every use, they are starting to corrode. I play the ESP about 1.5x more than the Jackson, and the ESP's strings are at least twice as old as the Jackson w/Cobalts, yet the ESP's strings are not showing any signs of rusty-corrosion-whatever it is that happens to metal strings.If you're after a really bright tone, these are the best I've ever heard. I'm very tempted to try the super bottom-end versions on my ESP. But like everything audio, everyone's tastes / preferences will be different. There's probably seven other guitarists who are exactly like me in terms of music style and genre preferences who would throw rocks at my head for saying the Cobalts are too bright because to them, the Cobalts are too muddy or such. I'm mostly disappointed that they don't hold up to sweat/moisture as well as the non-Cobalts on my ESP.4
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