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#1 2013-05-09 21:58:42

Tenement Funster
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From: Nova Scotia, Canada
Registered: 2013-01-20
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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:  LaPatrie "Concert" / Larrivee D-03 / Takamine GD30CE-12NAT
ELECTRICS:  EP Les Paul Custom Pro & Stetsbar Pro II trem / Cort GB34A bass
AMPS:  Peavey ValveKing 212 / Fender Rumble 150
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Morley Wah-Dist-Vol combo pedal

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#2 2013-05-09 22:31:41

Baldguitardude
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From: Las Vegas
Registered: 2010-12-09
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Re: Ernie Ball Slinky COBALT Strings

What's different about them?

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#3 2013-05-10 02:56:28

Tenement Funster
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From: Nova Scotia, Canada
Registered: 2013-01-20
Posts: 635

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:  LaPatrie "Concert" / Larrivee D-03 / Takamine GD30CE-12NAT
ELECTRICS:  EP Les Paul Custom Pro & Stetsbar Pro II trem / Cort GB34A bass
AMPS:  Peavey ValveKing 212 / Fender Rumble 150
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Morley Wah-Dist-Vol combo pedal

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