I've played a host of other strings over the years, D'Addario, Fender, Dean Markely, Ernie Balls and these blow them all away. They have a great, even full sound to them that is not too dark, not too bright. I decided to fork over the cash for nice strings to see if there was a difference, and there really is. These cost about three times what I was paying before, and they are well worth it! The only thing I'd improve would be the cost, but then the quality would probably slide... you get what you pay for.
Price: $13.00 (new)
I've been playing the .012 gauge set. THey are flat wound and nickle wrapped (nps?). They have a single ball end, wrapped at the other end on the wound strings (ala bass strings) and feature superior workmanship.
I put the on a Washburn HB-35 and they are the best sounding strings I have ever played. I play mostly jazz and rock and they are excellent for both... full enough for jazz, but with enough bite to cut through the mix in a rock setting. This is the first set of high quality strings that I've used and I definitely think they are superior in terms of balance and tone.
I play for a couple of hours a day at least, and I can get about three-four weeks out of a set before they start to sound too dead... although they loose that new twang as fast as any other string. They stay in tune better than anything else I've used (before I thought my intonation problems were the guitar... now it's pretty obvious it was the strings.)