It's time for the nerdy talk with the strings, so be prepared.
Here's the weird thing. I have ribbon wound strings on the original A and G strings and rotosound swing bass (steel) strings on the others. With the rotosound A string being where the E is and the rotosound G being where the D string is supposed to be with the bass tuned in standard (4ths) EADG.
So with the different types of strings on the bass I personally found that there's a really cool tone with chords played (anywhere on the fretboard) and because there's a different sound and feel from each string it doesn't feel unbalanced as stated above, well not yet. An important note is that the bass doesn't feel unbalanced to play but there's a tension change.
And plus it's fun to play.
I first got the idea from Tony Levin ( I think he was the first to be known to do it) from being told about about him awhile back (ages ago) from an old drunk bass teacher. I was always a bit skeptical.... but I got bored and then boom a miracle happened and a new child was born.
Plus the Les Claypool thing is true... he is truly a bass BEAST!
To sum up the playing and everything, chords sound cooler, slap is quicker, tapping seems easier because of the thinner strings and the E string sounds sharper but you still have that lowness with it if you get me.
Try it out ! But try it with a spare bass if you have one first.
...................It's like leveling up
Hope this post answers all questions if not don't be afraid to send a message.