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Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings  

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Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings are a new spin on Ernie Ball’s best selling set of strings which have been played by th...Read More

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Play like a pro with these revamped classics.

Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings are a new spin on Ernie Ball’s best selling set of strings which have been played by the likes of Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Steve Vai and many more. The Cobalt Series is clearly an improvement on its classic nickel-wound counterpart giving the player increased sustain, clarity and output. In addition, they resist sweat and moisture better and have unmatched flexibility when compared to other nickel wound strings.

"Ernie Ball Cobalt Strings sound and feel better than anything I've ever played! You have to check these out!" - Slash.
"Cobalt Strings feel incredibly silky under my fingers and deliver more punch, output, and clarity than normal strings!" - John Petrucci.

All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and the most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance and long life. Made in the USA.

Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.

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Ernie Ball2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.1

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (29)
  • Consistent (19)
  • Well built / quality (19)
  • Long life (18)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

creamy smooth overdrive on a thin gauge

I was disappointed when I went to my local shop and all they had were sets of 9's. I haven't played on anything less than 12's since I first picked up the...Read complete review

I was disappointed when I went to my local shop and all they had were sets of 9's. I haven't played on anything less than 12's since I first picked up the guitar. Imagine my surprise when I got them on and it sounded like I had 14's on, yes they sounded that fat. After playing 12's for the past 3 decades my fingers were flying up and down the fret board like lightning posessed. Light, fast & they sound like they're fat enough to hang a truck on without breaking. I play a U.S. Telecaster through a Fender Blues Deville with 4x10's that is so clean that I have to be up around ear bleed volume to get even the slightest overdrive. These strings deliver something I thought I'd never accomplish without a series of OD pedals. Thanks Ernie Ball. What I will save in not having to keep buying OD pedals should set me up with enough strings to last the rest of my life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very different strings

I've been a D'Addario user for the last 10 years; however, I was curious about the new Cobalt strings introduced by EB, because no other string manufacture ever marketed strings made from this...Read complete review

I've been a D'Addario user for the last 10 years; however, I was curious about the new Cobalt strings introduced by EB, because no other string manufacture ever marketed strings made from this metal. When these new EB Cobalt strings were placed on my Fender Highway 1 HSS Strat, I noticed the guitar had much greater dynamics, volume, sustain and tone compared to the regular D'Addario 10-46 used in the past. Even when strumming the electric unplugged, you can definitely feel the energy of the sustain, and hear the dynamics of the individual notes clearly. These traits were also experienced with the guitar being amplified clean and dirty. Because of the strings clearity, you will hear all the nuiances of your playing. So if you play sloppily now, you hear that with these strings. But over time, your playing can become much more precise. As for feel, there seemed to be more drag when sliding. It wasn't as smooth as the D'Addarios. After 3 hours of playing, my fingertips were more chewed-up than playing with the DA's made from nickle. With that said, I also noticed that my guitar frets started to wear down quicker over the last year. Perhaps Cobalt is a harder element than Nickle??? As far as durabily is concerned... the plain strings started to tarnish after about 2 weeks, but tuning, tone, sustain, dynamics and volume were maintained. After about a year, I switched back to DA's because of the fret wear and draggy feel. I will try these on my guitars with stainless steel frets, but will not put them on my regular nickle alloy fretted guitars.

If EB can make these strings with less drag on my fingers, less wear on my frets and ant-tarnish, then that would more justify the price. Till then... I'm going back to D'Addarios.

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5.0

Best set of strings!

By axman885

from Long Island N.Y.

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

    The Best set of strings so far! Last's longer,Great tone, very strong.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Worst strings I've ever used!!

    By Wichita

    from Nashville, TN

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Dull Tone
      • Hurt Fingers
      • Poor Tone Quality
      • Rough

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

        I got a few packs of these over a week ago at my local music store because they were the only 10s they had so I figured I'd give them a shot. Every set I tried sounded like a set I'd used for 10 years they were so dull! The wound strings felt like rusty barbed wire under my fingers and the plain strings felt really raw and sharp like they were cutting my fingers. With no other choice I had to use these strings for 3 gigs. I will NEVER use these strings again!!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Rusty Rusty Rusty

        By Guitarman

        from Mankato MN

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          Cons

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              Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

              I've been using Erine Ball Regular Slinky Nickel strings for 20 years and love them. I recently wanted to try the new cobalt strings on my Les Paul. The first set I used at home and at a few indoor gigs and was pretty happy. They weren't as bright as Regular Slinky's, but that was what I was going for with my Bluesy Mid rangy tone. I put a second set of cobalts on my les paul and played an outdoor gig in the summer time in MN and was so disapointed at how fast these cobalt strings corroded in the humidity. They were dead in one day of playing outside.... Sorry but I won't be buying cobalts anymore. Nickel forever!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Tone and Life

              By Foxcrik

              from Dawson, NE

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                These are some great sounding strings. For years I have used the Markley Blue Steel. Those are great stings as well. But these Slinkys have a louder sound and a much better tone. Also, they seem to stay in tune very well. I am using them on my Godin SD and I believe these strings gave that guitar a whole new tone and feel. I do a lot of bending and I pick with a Dunlop Jazz3. They have held up very well. I am really glad I tried them. Now I am hooked on them big time.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I uses these strings a lot now

                By Brad

                from Boston, MA

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                Pros

                • Good Output
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Anytime

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                  These strings are great. I think the clear tone and increased output is what attracts me. I have not had problems with the strings breaking, like other people have commented. I don't do a lot of bending, just a little.

                  While they do cost more, it is worth it to get one set and put it on your favorite guitar. Then you can form your own opinion.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Hookeed on cobalt

                  By Kyle No

                  from The Bronx

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                    Ever since I strung these on my guitar I was sure I'd be using these again- I was right. I'm not saying these strings are better than every string out there, but these are what I'm going to use.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Slicing Bite

                    By BigJim

                    from Sanford, Fl

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                    Pros

                    • Best Crunch Ever
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • No cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everything

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                    Powerfull bite to cut through when you want it to

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    These Work

                    By Ike

                    from Denver

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                    I use these on a few guitars with overwound pickups to pull down the middle and extend the highs and lows just a little. Very smooth and musical, not as harsh as stainless steel. I use the EB 2221 on most of my electrics, and the EB 2251 on maple neck Teles and Strats.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I love these strings.

                    Pros

                    • Great Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                        Best strings I have found to date, bar none!

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I probably won't switch brands again

                        By nhunter333

                        from Live Oak, Fl

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                        • A Little Pricey

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Everything
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings:

                        I have never used regular Ernie Ball slinkys so I cannot compare the two....With that being said, on to my review!
                        I tried these when they came out after using Elixer Nanowebs for years. The Cobalt EB's sound better to me and strength wise are just as durable. And they don't get "fuzzy" from a coating coming off that you don't need any way.
                        I practice 2 to 3 nights per week, and we play 4 to 6 shows per month (4 hours a night). I sometimes keep my axes in a case, and sometimes they may hang on a stand for a week. They don't rust and sound great..... I know I should change more often, but, I generally only change strings once a month.
                        They stretch out and break in quick, (like right before a show LOL), stay in tune, and, in the 2 years I've been using them I have not broken one
                        yet.
                        I play a Fender Strat, and a Jackson dinky with a Floyd Rose.

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