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  • Ernie Ball Slinky Cobalts 3-Packs are on sale @ MF for $20

    I ordered a couple of 3-packs, I want to see what all the fuss is about. But only regular 9s, 10s and 11s are on sale, not the Hybrids, ie: 9-46 gauge EB Slinky Cobalts.

    If the Cobalts stay @ $20 per 3-pack, I might get more

  • #2
    I hope you have better luck with them that I did. Mine turned black relatively quickly and I don't have acid sweat and have never experienced that with any other string.
    MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar / Martin HD16R LSH​

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    • #3
      Originally posted by billybilly View Post
      I hope you have better luck with them that I did. Mine turned black relatively quickly and I don't have acid sweat and have never experienced that with any other string.
      Wow, I thought they lasted longer than regular nickel-plated strings
      Last edited by humbuckerstrat; 08-16-2014, 09:58 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by humbuckerstrat View Post
        Wow, I thought they lasted longer than regular nickel-plated strings
        I thought that too. Could be me, you never know. I liked them before they turned black.
        MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar / Martin HD16R LSH​

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        • #5
          I heard they chew through your frets too?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by papaschtroumpf View Post
            I heard they chew through your frets too?
            Link?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by humbuckerstrat View Post
              Link?
              http://zeldawiki.org/Link
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              • #8
                Originally posted by slvrsrpnt View Post

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                • #9
                  I take they aren't selling very well.

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                  • #10
                    I bought a couple of sets in my last batch and they didn't last very long. Wasn't impressed with the tones either. Pretty cold sounding.

                    I also made the mistake of trying Fender Super Bullets again. Had the exact same problem I did years ago. The dam D string was 1/4 tone flat at the 12th fret even with the saddle moved its maximum towards the neck. This is an indication the core wire for the D string is too thin and flexible.

                    Its too bad because the other strings sounded pretty good otherwise. I didn't have them on the instrument for more then an hour before I had to take them off. One sour string like that makes the instrument unplayable. I with Fender would get their act together and fix this problem. They used to make decent strings and you'd figure they would find the cause of which has existed for many years now.

                    I've had the same problem with DR strings. I haven't tried those in several years either. I usually throw in an extra set when I buy a dozen but I hate throwing my money away like that. I could stick the bullets on an old beater, but all they would do is rot.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WRGKMC View Post
                      I bought a couple of sets in my last batch and they didn't last very long. Wasn't impressed with the tones either. Pretty cold sounding.

                      I also made the mistake of trying Fender Super Bullets again. Had the exact same problem I did years ago. The dam D string was 1/4 tone flat at the 12th fret even with the saddle moved its maximum towards the neck. This is an indication the core wire for the D string is too thin and flexible.

                      Its too bad because the other strings sounded pretty good otherwise. I didn't have them on the instrument for more then an hour before I had to take them off. One sour string like that makes the instrument unplayable. I with Fender would get their act together and fix this problem. They used to make decent strings and you'd figure they would find the cause of which has existed for many years now.

                      I've had the same problem with DR strings. I haven't tried those in several years either. I usually throw in an extra set when I buy a dozen but I hate throwing my money away like that. I could stick the bullets on an old beater, but all they would do is rot.
                      My favorite strings are D'Addario. But for $20 a 3-pack, I have to try the Cobalts.

                      I haven't bought Fender strings in a long time.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sammyreynolds01 View Post
                        I take they aren't selling very well.
                        I guess they don't want the Cobalts to compete very closely with the M-Steels, so they lowered the price on them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by humbuckerstrat View Post
                          My favorite strings are D'Addario. But for $20 a 3-pack, I have to try the Cobalts.

                          I haven't bought Fender strings in a long time.
                          I use about a dozen strings a month to keep all my studio instruments strung up. I've tried nearly every brand out there at one time or another.
                          For durability, gauge balance and tone you may want to try one of these sets.

                          Sfarzo SFT: http://www.juststrings.com/sfarzoelectricguitarsft.html

                          Sfarzo 5901: Comes with an extra E string http://www.juststrings.com/sfarzoele...uitar5109.html

                          These are back on my list. They fixed their gauging issues at the factory and used sealed packs now.

                          SIT: http://www.juststrings.com/sitstring...owerwound.html

                          These are the best strings I've found for Strats. They are bright, clear, articulate and give a Strat that Dire Straits tone. Durability is good too.

                          Progressives: http://www.juststrings.com/ghselectr...gressives.html

                          Budget strings, Its hard to beat these for consistency and even feel.

                          Boomers: http://www.juststrings.com/ghselectr...arboomers.html

                          Lastly, there's a reason why this manufacturer has been around so long. For string feel I have to rate these on the top of the scale. If you want to get pure plain vintage tones without weird coloration, these are the strings I use. I'll make these notes however. The sets aren't cheap but do come with an extra E and B string. This is because they are a vintage formula and they can unwind at the ball end with vigorous string bending. I found a way around that however and use a method to prevent this with all my strings. I put a drop of crazy glue on the ball end, let it dry, then wipe off any excess. This prevents the strings from unwinding and going out of tune. I recommend this for all strings weather you think its a problem or not.

                          LaBella: http://www.juststrings.com/labellael...tarnickel.html

                          All other strings I've tried range from mediocre to poor in quality for electrics using 9/46 gauges. This is not to say there aren't other brands that compete well in other gauges. D'Addario makes great bass strings for example and put them at the top of my list. Haven't been very happy with their .009's however. The B string is flabby and I tend to stumble over that string allot playing high speed leads. Tone wise they are fairly sterile sounding and chimed overtones are hard to produce consistently. The strings stretch allot, possibly from temp changes, so I wind up spending way too much time keeping them in tune. I can get buy recording with them but performing live I have much better options for stability.

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                          • #14
                            ^^^^^^^^^^

                            Man, you obsess with the irrelevant minutiae.
                            Last edited by knotty; 08-18-2014, 05:10 AM.
                            “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching”
                            Gerard Way

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by WRGKMC View Post

                              I use about a dozen strings a month to keep all my studio instruments strung up. I've tried nearly every brand out there at one time or another.
                              For durability, gauge balance and tone you may want to try one of these sets.

                              Sfarzo SFT: http://www.juststrings.com/sfarzoelectricguitarsft.html

                              Sfarzo 5901: Comes with an extra E string http://www.juststrings.com/sfarzoele...uitar5109.html

                              These are back on my list. They fixed their gauging issues at the factory and used sealed packs now.

                              SIT: http://www.juststrings.com/sitstring...owerwound.html

                              These are the best strings I've found for Strats. They are bright, clear, articulate and give a Strat that Dire Straits tone. Durability is good too.

                              Progressives: http://www.juststrings.com/ghselectr...gressives.html

                              Budget strings, Its hard to beat these for consistency and even feel.

                              Boomers: http://www.juststrings.com/ghselectr...arboomers.html

                              Lastly, there's a reason why this manufacturer has been around so long. For string feel I have to rate these on the top of the scale. If you want to get pure plain vintage tones without weird coloration, these are the strings I use. I'll make these notes however. The sets aren't cheap but do come with an extra E and B string. This is because they are a vintage formula and they can unwind at the ball end with vigorous string bending. I found a way around that however and use a method to prevent this with all my strings. I put a drop of crazy glue on the ball end, let it dry, then wipe off any excess. This prevents the strings from unwinding and going out of tune. I recommend this for all strings weather you think its a problem or not.

                              LaBella: http://www.juststrings.com/labellael...tarnickel.html

                              All other strings I've tried range from mediocre to poor in quality for electrics using 9/46 gauges. This is not to say there aren't other brands that compete well in other gauges. D'Addario makes great bass strings for example and put them at the top of my list. Haven't been very happy with their .009's however. The B string is flabby and I tend to stumble over that string allot playing high speed leads. Tone wise they are fairly sterile sounding and chimed overtones are hard to produce consistently. The strings stretch allot, possibly from temp changes, so I wind up spending way too much time keeping them in tune. I can get buy recording with them but performing live I have much better options for stability.
                              Thanks for the links, WRGKMC

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