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    Default What kind of strings do you use, why? And a WARNING on Cobalts

    I created this thread for two reasons: to see what everyone uses and likes, and as a warning for Ernie Ball Cobalts. I've recently returned to what I've always used, and thought I'd share my experience since there's many Wolfgang owners here. I've always used 9-42 gauge, so everything mentioned below is that gauge.

    For as long as I can remember, I always used Ernie Ball Super Slinkys. About 4 years ago I started using EVH strings. Why? Because they were EVH strings. I can't give any other reason for using those. They sounded and played fine, but always seemed quite tight--especially after re-stringing, they were very tight. I never had any trouble with them, but recently tried to justify their cost.

    So I thought I'd try Ernie Ball Cobalt Slinkys due to the rave reviews. At the same time, I also bought a pack of the regular Slinkys I've always used just to compare to the EVHs. After years of the EVH's, I threw on a set of Cobalts. They DID sound just a bit brighter, and I actually liked how they sounded, but they felt odd. The weirdest thing with those, though, was when I stretched them, the bass strings stayed in almost perfect tune. Literally EVERY new string I ever stretched would drop significantly in pitch when I'd stretch them. Curiously, the Cobalt bass strings did not drop in pitch at all. G, B, and E dropped pitch as expected when stretched.

    Have a Dtuna? Please read this: Then came the Dtuna (US Wolfgang Stealth) with the Cobalts. With the strings adequately stretched and locked, pulling out the DTuna would drop the pitch from E, to just a bit flatter. To put this into perspective, E still registered on my Polytune, and not even Eb less D! I've NEVER had a problem with the Dtuna on this guitar--EVER! It has simply just always worked. To compensate, I had to crank in the fine tuning set screw on the Dtuna in the D position causing it to have a VERY sharp downward angle towards the body of the guitar in the E position, and it was still far from perfect. It was also quite difficult to pull in/out. Let me repeat that this is using the SAME string gauge I've always used, and I had never had trouble with the Dtuna before on that guitar. In my frustration, I took off the Cobalt string and replaced it with just the low E from a pack of regular Slinkys. Problem solved. After undoing what I did to try and fix the problem with the Cobalts, my Dtuna worked perfect as it always has.

    The next day I replaced the other five strings on the Stealth with regular Slinkys. Since then I've also put them on my 99 Wolf. I honestly can't tell the difference between the Ernie Balls, and the EVH's. I therefore can't justify the additional cost of the EVH strings. The Slinkys are actually much looser than the EVHs too--even for new/fresh strings. The Slinkys are much cheaper, and I think they play and sound great!

    Cobalts do sound a bit better, but I hope someone will read this post and save them self some frustration. Cobalts don't play nice with DTunas--at least in my experience. I've setup and used several Dtuna-equipped guitars, and for the life of me can't explain the problem I had with the Cobalts.
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    Default What kind of strings do you use, why? And a WARNING on Cobalts

    I have D-Tunas on 7 guitars and I only use Ernie Ball Super Slinkys (9-42) on all of them. Only strings I've used for nearly 20 years. I use 10's on my SG because it's shorter scale and the 9's are too loose for my taste, so 10's work much better. But other than that 9's on everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I have D-Tunas on 7 guitars and I only use Ernie Ball Super Slinkys (9-42) on all of them. Only strings I've used for nearly 20 years. I use 10's on my SG because it's shorter scale and the 9's are too loose for my taste, so 10's work much better. But other than that 9's on everything.
    Nice! I plan to continue to use just regular Slinkys; not the EVHs, not the Cobalts. I really like them so far and I'm guessing there was a reason I had used them from 1990 until 2011ish.

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    I never break them either. I can go forever without breaking strings. I can't even think of the last time I broke a string.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I never break them either. I can go forever without breaking strings. I can't even think of the last time I broke a string.
    That interesting to hear actually because I've never broke one either on any guitar with a dive-only trem. I used to have an Ibanez and a Washburn N2 and both of those would break the high E quite often.

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    I tried the new Colbalts strings because of all the reviews on my last Frank that I finished last year and for the life of me, I did hear or feel anything different with them or the Slinkys that I use. They cost almost double the price of Slinkys here too. I wont be using them again.
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    I've started using D'addario NYXLs , 9-46 on standard tuning and 10-52 on Eb. They're great, barely stretch, don't feel like coated strings but stay fresh for ages.

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    I've been using cobalts since they came out on all my Wolfgangs and EVH's and never had a problem.

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    EB Slinkies for me. 10s in Eb are the perfect tension for me, so I've got 10s on all my guitars and have never had any problems.

    I tried Cobalts once and had tuning stability issues with a Floyd. Switched back to my regular slinkies and it was resolved. I tried the EVH strings once they came out with a 10 gauge and didn't prefer them to the EB.

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    Rotosound Pinks for me. Decent price, stay in tune and sound good.

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    I also use the Super Slinkys on all my electrics. They are a great string at a great price.

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    I used to use Super Slinkys but I've switched to Fender 150XL. I like the feel of them a bit better and they don't seem as bright, which I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I never break them either. I can go forever without breaking strings. I can't even think of the last time I broke a string.
    It's funny you say that because when I did my BW Frank project with my old Fender Squier, I picked up some EB SS 9's for the first time and put those on the guitar. I've been using at least 10's my whole life, so needless to say I was blown away by how easy it is to play 9's.

    That was more than a year ago and I've never broken a string on that guitar. I used to break strings all the time on it, too.

    For VH stuff, the strings sound great to me coupled with a Seymour Duncan Custom SH-11 pickup. I don't have a reason to buy anything else now.
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    I use Ernie Ball Classic Super Slinky pure nickel wrap 9-42 as my strings of choice but will also use Super Slinky 9-42 if I can't find the Classic Super Slinky. Both have been great strings for me on all my guitars. On occasion I'll get some custom guage strings, 9 11 15 24 32 40 like the old 5150's for my EVH Music Man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lessthanone View Post
    I've been using cobalts since they came out on all my Wolfgangs and EVH's and never had a problem.
    Good for you man! But now I have to wonder if I did something wrong? I can't imagine what I would or wouldn't have done though! That low E hardly dropped in pitch at all on my Stealth when I'd pull out the Dtuna. Anyway, glad you like them and they work for you!

 

 

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