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Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings   

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Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky Bass Strings for 5-string bass are round-wound for maximum clarity and serious punch. The Cobalt Regular Slinky...Read More

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Try the new and improved slinky feel and fat tone.

Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky Bass Strings for 5-string bass are round-wound for maximum clarity and serious punch. The Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String set 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. Cobalt is the most magnetically active string alloy on the planet and attracts the magnets in your pickups more than any other string.

"Ernie Ball Cobalt Bass Strings are the new standard! Bigger, better tone, sustain and volume. Finally a real innovation with strings." - Randy Jackson
"I can't believe how much low end I get out of Ernie Ball Cobalt Bass Strings. Also, the high end is super crisp, seemingly with more definition. Unbelievable." - Dave Larue

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: 45-65-80-100-130.


Start hearing and feeling the Cobalt difference today. Order now!

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Ernie Ball2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Long life (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Great feel (3)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

These Ernie Ball Cobalt Bass Strings are GREAT!

I thought I'd give these Ernie Ball Cobalt strings a try on this new 5-string bass i picked up, and man was i pleasantly surprised! Up until now the only bass strings i...Read complete review

I thought I'd give these Ernie Ball Cobalt strings a try on this new 5-string bass i picked up, and man was i pleasantly surprised! Up until now the only bass strings i liked for fretted bass were Rotosound RB45s - to MY ear, all others i had tried lacked a vibrancy and beautiful ringing presence that the Rotosounds gave me ..until i tried these Cobalts. Now I haven't done an A/B comparison between the Rotos and the Cobalts to see how they compare to each other. But i CAN say that i am VERY pleased with the Cobalts.
Features? They're bass strings, a core of metal with wire windings. How many features are possible? These do have nice clarity and low end as well, a very vibrant and LIVE sound.
Quality seems top notch as always with Ernie Ball. I've never had a bad Ernie Ball string.Then again, i've never gotten a defective string from any manufacturer. The cobalt plating or whatever they do, does seem to make for a REALLY nice sound, I've only had them on a few weeks, so i can't tell you if they'll go dead and lose that great sound in 3/4/5/... weeks. Time will tell. But so far they still have that 'new string' sound. They didn't require much stretching at ALL, it was an UNUSUALLY small amount of stretching required. So that's very handy, instead of having to mess around retuning cuz it went flat yet again. These just settled into place an were ready to go. I suppose this fact should have gone under features.
Since i haven't compared them side by side with the Rotosounds i usually use on fretted bass, I can't say. The Rotosounds are 2/3 the price of the Cobalts. But the cobalts do also seem to have a smoother feel. I think the Cobalts are a fine value though. They're not overpriced for what you get.

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Not That Great

I first got these in a Sam Ash store when I saw that they were made of cobalt. I've had these strings for less than a month and have really liked them. They have...Read complete review

I first got these in a Sam Ash store when I saw that they were made of cobalt. I've had these strings for less than a month and have really liked them. They have a great punchy tone which sounds great to me. But, while tuning DOWN to C standard from E standard(only tuning the E,A,D, and G strings) to practice with my band, the D string broke. I was so surprised I thought I accidentally tuned up, but I would never do that. I had to replace it with regular Nickel strings from my 4-string. Not a week later, I was tuning down once again and the G string broke. For such a price and so little life, these strings were a bust.

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5.0

Best strings I have ever used.

By All 4 Him

from Alden, Mi

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

    These are great strings! I have played bass for about 15 years in a band setting and in Praise and Worship in our church. These by far have the best tone and life I have gotten out of my strings that I have used over the years. Awesome and worth the money.

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    5.0

    Luv musician friend

    By The alien

    from Florida keys

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

        You guys are topshelf

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        1.0

        I will not be buying these again

        By Jake

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

          I tried 2 sets of these strings, with the first set,my D string broke near the machine head while down tuning. This was less than 2 weeks after I got them. I wrote to ernie ball and explained what happened and they were good about it and sent me a new set. Those did the same thing, same string but they lasted about 1 month this time....

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          5.0

          The best

          By Bowhunter

          from Bowling Green

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

            Great product as always I use only Cobalt strings on all my string instrutments

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            back to nickel

            By disturbedmetal

            from CT

            About Me Novice

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

                in less than a week my d-string broke while tuning to standard.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Strings

                By H&HMusicMan

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Great Feel
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

                  I use these on my Music Man Stingray 5. I go back and forth between these and the nickel strings occasionally, and the Cobalts are definitely the better pick. The output is significantly better than any string I've used. Lots of clarity and the highs ring through without any weird overtones like some strings have. I noticed no one has really reviewed the actual feel of the string yet, which is weird. Compared to the nickel strings, these feel a little more rigid. Not a bad thing, honestly. I prefer it over the nickel feel. The price is definitely more than worth what EB have made here.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Expectations were high!

                  By Rombass

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Feel
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

                  I've been playing bass professionally for about 9 years now. I have used many different brands of strings, but I always come back to Ernie Ball strings. I figured I'd give these a shot because one of my heroes RANDY JACKSON endorses them and uses them himself. I was immediately impressed when I played on them on my Fender 5 string Standard Jazz. There's no need to break these in like other strings, these babies are ready to go! Will purchase again.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  nothing compares 2 this

                  By armando

                  from undisclosed

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

                      Best sounding strings i ever purchased. strong tone, sparkle crispy sound. and they last forever(figurative speaking)

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                      2.0

                      Not That Great

                      By Omega

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

                        I first got these in a Sam Ash store when I saw that they were made of cobalt. I've had these strings for less than a month and have really liked them. They have a great punchy tone which sounds great to me. But, while tuning DOWN to C standard from E standard(only tuning the E,A,D, and G strings) to practice with my band, the D string broke. I was so surprised I thought I accidentally tuned up, but I would never do that. I had to replace it with regular Nickel strings from my 4-string. Not a week later, I was tuning down once again and the G string broke. For such a price and so little life, these strings were a bust.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        awesome

                        By Tiller

                        from haysi, VA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life

                        Cons

                        • Price

                        Best Uses

                        • All
                        • Music

                        Comments about Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings:

                        honestly, i have tried close to every brand of strings. while the cobalts have longer life than other Ernie Ball Bass Strings, i dont think that they stay alive longer than say an elixer. but still wonderful feel, wonderful tone, wonderful string.

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