EB Cobalts question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by anton72, Feb 20, 2014.


  1. anton72

    anton72 Supporting Member

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    Guys who used EB Cobalts with your basses - have you really noticed some excessive fretwear after using them or is it just a suggestion due to their rough feel? I liked their clarity and powerful tone but this fret wear issue may be a deal stopper for the next set of them, so I'm now struggling with the decision. I'll appreciate your feedback on Cobalts.
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    Anton
  2. mcnach

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    can't say I have noticed any fretwear, really. Using them in my Stingray, which is my main bass, for about a year now.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    I was quite shocked at the fretwear I had on my Warwick after having Cobalts on it for about a month. Brass is softer though, but I've never seen little shards of brass left on my fretboard with any other string. Cobalts will eat your frets alive!
  4. anton72

    anton72 Supporting Member

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    So guys thank you for our quite opposite opinions lol Any other experience with them?
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  6. Gorn Captain

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    I'm also curious about some new opinions on these. The consensus from the various threads on these seem to be that they can eat frets, but it seems to be mostly on Warwicks which have brass frets. Isn't brass a relatively soft metal? I really like the tone of these from youtube clips I'm watching. I want to put them on an MIJ aerodyne. I don't slap, I don't tap, and I don't bend notes that much so I'm thinking any fretwear would be minimal based on my playing style.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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  8. Gorn Captain

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    Yah I saw that one. The consensus of the masses seems to be that yes they cause fret wear, except when they don't, and yes they oxidize and look gross unless they don't. I'll give them a shot. They sound awesome on the youtubes.
  9. Linnin

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    Yikes!
  10. mcnach

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    Just put fresh ones for recording on my Stingray. Great strings if you like your midrange.
  11. Gorn Captain

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    mmbongo, they ate your brass Warwick frets, right? Aren't those softer than most common frets? Have you tried them on a non-Warwick?
  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    No, I was afraid to :)
  13. Gorn Captain

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    I just put the 50-105 set on my aerodyne PJ. Very punchy and growly, which is nice, but a lot of the growl remains with the solo'd p with the tone down. My "band" plays a lot of stuff I need a vintage tone for so this may be a problem.
  14. campbems

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    I used nothing but Cobalts on my 2007 Stingray 5 HH and even recorded our first CD with it and I loved the sound and feel of them. I didn't notice any excessive wear or really any wear at all. Used them for atleast 2 years. Amazing strings.
  15. natw42

    natw42 Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmmm. I've had them on my lakland for 2+ years and haven't noticed any fret wear really, let alone excessively so.

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