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EB Cobalt Power Slinkys - Quasi Review

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Systolic, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Not a lot of information or even opinions on these strings for some reason. So I just thought I'd share my thoughts on these strings after a couple weeks of hard use.

    Usage: Heavey Duty rock, drop tuning, distortion. I needed something that wasn't get muddy or floppy on my when I'm in Drop C and/or using distortion.

    Tension: 110 90 75 55 At these guages everything is very manageable. For the couple songs we do in E standard or Drop D, then tension is a touch high, but no more than a set of flats.

    Output: Ernie Ball claims that these strings have a higher output. I buy it. I took off a set of GHS Boomers to put these on and the difference was certainly noticeable. Definitely louder.

    Feel: NOT NEARLY AS STICKY AS I EXPECTED! :hyper: They almost feel like nickels or a set of of dead SS's. A touchy grabby out of the package, but they settle down after a couple hours.

    Tone: Definitely aggressive, punchy, definitely heavy in the mids (specifically low mids,) highs are really clear, but not harsh. I would call them tame, but in a good way. With most other strings, I need to run my tone wide open, with these I tend to around 3/4. Good clean bottom and fundamental, maybe a touch on the low side, I had to boost my lows a touch amp side, but nothing major.

    In The Mix: Obviously much of how and where you sit in mix is where you are in the eq spectrum in comparison to the guitarist, your amp, cab etc... That aside, if you are playing rock, these suckers will cut through like nobodies business. Those beautiful mids just come shining through. So you are present where you need to be, and supporting where you need to be.

    Coming to these conclusions based upon: Playing in a band currently covering Deftones, RAtM, Tool, 311 etc....

    If you guys have any other questions, let me know.
  2. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    I like em! they have a unique ring to them. The only bass I tried them on is my sterling classic....the lows are a bit thin...They are the only strings I have had on that bass so I dont know if its the bass or the strings....as soon as they are done I will try another string to see...but I know my fenders hit the lows much better.
  3. Seejay


    Feb 24, 2012
    Norwich, UK
    I absolutely love them, I play a lot of Punk/Ska, stuff where the bass really needs to to shine through, and these are absolutely perfect on my Stingray. I was a firm believer in DR Lo-Riders in the past but picked up a set of these one day for a change and haven't looked back since.
  4. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Strange question, perhaps, but what color are the Cobalts? Are they silver/grey like nickels and SS strings?
  5. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
  6. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
  7. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Just picked up a set of these for my Warwick Streamer 5. Love'em in this application to. They seemed to really enhance the natural warwick growl. B string seems to be a bit more articulate too.
  8. BassManMike73


    Apr 20, 2011
    Portage, MI
    I've been using them on my guitars and basses since they were released! The two bands I do setups for also switched to these at the same time, and we all love them! OP's review is spot on!
  9. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I'm looking for strings for my Sterling 5. I'm debating between Cobalts and Nickel.

    I want higher tension, so I can set the action lower. If I go for the Nickels, I can get the Power Slinky 5 set. But, the only 5'er set for Cobalts is "regular". To get a Power set in Cobalts, I'd have to get a Cobalt Power set of 4 and then order an individual .135 Cobalt B string.

    I want them "now" of course, and my local GC has the nickel Power 5 set and they have the Cobalt 5 set, but no individual Cobalt B strings.

    Given my preference for higher tension strings, should I just go for the nickel Power Slinkys? Or try the regular Cobalts?
  10. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    A friend of mine switched from the regular Slinkys to the Regular Cobalts and said the strings were tighter to him. Not sure how they compare to power slinky's.
  11. Nagchampa


    May 11, 2013
    I switched to these recently and like them a lot. I came from EB Super Slinky and I think the cobalt stay brighter longer as well.
  12. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    So, I ended up putting some nickel round Power Slinkys on my new-to-me Sterling 5 last night.

    They feel like the B and E strings are much lower tension than the D and G strings. I don't like that.

    Do y'all notice the same thing with these strings?

    Do you notice the same thing with the Cobalts?

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