My first ever DR Neons (standard guage) I put on were the orange for my black Ibanez right before Halloween. People thought they were awesome
I've played/practiced everyday since (fingers, no pick) and I see only a few tiny wear marks on them. I am not a tone guy so I can't comment on that, but I thought they were great. The feel at first is a bit odd. Almost gritty, like a clay pot or something. I got used to it in about an hour and haven't regretted them for a second.
I just ordered the 4 string DR 'rainbow' set for our upcoming gig (from www.bassstringsonline.com