I love a taut-feeling string, I feel I can get more feel out of them under my fingers...I appreciate the lack of "give". "looser" strings get too unruly for my technique, and I hate, hate, hate the "clang" of a looser string when you really dig in...fine for pick-style, but not when I play with my sausage link fingers....
I use Fender flats on my SX jazz, and D'Addario Chromes on my VM Jazz, and they both handle the tension just fine, and sound and feel fantastic.
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