Topic: Ernie Ball Slinky COBALT Strings

Just put these on the Les Paul a few days ago, and am extremely amazed with them. They've got a much clearer bottom end "attack" than any nickel alloys I've tried, and have enabled me to get a classic Led Zeppelin sound that had been eluding me. Songs with lots of bottom end (Whole Lotta Love, Kashmir, Dazed & Confused, etc.) really sound great with these. The opening instrumental section of Rush's "2112" also sounds awesome with them. If you like low end crunch without a muddy tone, these things are fantastic. The only down-side are that they're a bit rougher than some others I've tried, but good calluses solve that.

ACOUSTICS:  Cordoba Acero D10-CE / LaPatrie "Concert" / Takamine GD30CE-12NAT
ELECTRICS:  EP Les Paul Custom Pro / Gretsch Streamliner G2420T
AMPS:  Traynor YCS50 / Peavey VK212 / Traynor AM150T
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Morley Wah-Dist-Vol combo pedal

Re: Ernie Ball Slinky COBALT Strings

What's different about them?

Re: Ernie Ball Slinky COBALT Strings

Apparently they use cobalt instead of nickel in the winding, which is supposed to be much more interactive with the magnets in the pickups. While I won't pretend to understand the science, the cobalt wound strings do indeed create a crisper sound.

ACOUSTICS:  Cordoba Acero D10-CE / LaPatrie "Concert" / Takamine GD30CE-12NAT
ELECTRICS:  EP Les Paul Custom Pro / Gretsch Streamliner G2420T
AMPS:  Traynor YCS50 / Peavey VK212 / Traynor AM150T
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Morley Wah-Dist-Vol combo pedal