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D'Addario NYXL strings vs Ernie Ball Cobalts?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Direct Box Rox, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    I've used the Cobalt's before & loved them. I was wondering how the D'Addario NYXL's feel/sound/play in comparison :)
  2. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    In my opinion, I would say the following:
    • The Cobalts are more aggressive sounding
    • The NYXLs feel smoother, Or Cobalts feel rougher
    • Cobalts feel stiffer, assuming the same gauge
    I prefer the tone of Cobalts, but I tend to prefer EB over D’Addario anyways. Both are great companies - whichever you choose will give you a quality product.
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  3. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I didn’t care for the sound of NYXLs at all. To me they lacked character. Nice strings. And loud. But kinda “meh” sounding to my ears. YMMV.
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  4. ampegfuzz


    Feb 13, 2007
    Davenport, IA
    Bump, same question but i haven't tried either sting. I'm a long time Dunlop user and looking to try something different. I just installed a set of super brights (i usually use the regular dunlops)on my Wal and i did not care for them. looking for something that has the same high and midrange characteristics as the dunlops but maybe a tad more lows.
  5. smeet

    smeet Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I go back and forth between Super Bright Nickels and Cobalt Rounds (both 5-string sets). The SBs have more high mids. I usually like this but sometimes they are a little much even for me. The SBs are also very focused, which is nice. The Cobalts sound brighter but less harsh (more highs, less high mids I think). At least when they are new, digging in rewards you with a little explosion of jangly harmonics, reminds me of a Chris Squire tone. Good strong low mids and lows. Better B string than the SBs.
  6. ampegfuzz


    Feb 13, 2007
    Davenport, IA
    I switched to cobalts and I love em!
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