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Ernie Ball Slinky Cobalt Flatwound Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Venturella, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Venturella


    Feb 10, 2016
    I purchased a set of ernie ball slinky cobalt flatwound strings yesterday and so far, I only have one complaint about this one. I dislike the metallic smell that I get on my fingers while playing. I was aware of cobalt strings having that smell but I did not know that the smell also applied to the flatwound version. Does the smell go away after a while or does it stay?
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  2. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Slinkies Are Stinkies! :laugh: :roflmao: :laugh:
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  3. hookgrip


    Sep 8, 2014
    I just opened a package of these this week and didn't notice any smell at all. I DID notice that the A string was bad out of the wrapper- the winding had become... for lack of a better word... a "slinky" that slid up and down toward the ball end.

    It kills me to think I wasted that money, and it's too late to return them since I bought them back in December and only just now got around to trying them out. I guess the lesson learned is to open up your new strings and make sure they're good/not stinky, even if you don't plan on using them right away.
  4. I bought my set last week and also noticed the metal smell. Gone now.
  5. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    It will go away in time, it’s common for lots of strings.

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