TLDR: Would love to hear comments from those with first-hand experience with Exposed Core and Taper Wound strings. My PB5 came stock with the Fender 82505M string set. And even tho I played them until I wore them out, I never really took a liking to them. Ever since I have been using DR Nickel Lo-Riders NMH5-130. It's getting time to change strings again and I've been thinking about trying some of the Taper Wound or Exposed Core strings. I've already read the threads here on site already and am aware that some experience problems with intonation, but would like to hear from some of you about your experiences with these strings. So far, I have narrowed down my list to 3 string sets. I am a DR fanboy, so it goes without saying that they are on the top of my list. The string sets in consideration are, in order: 1. DR Long Necks TMH5-45 (.045, .065, .085, .105, .125) From reading about these, it is my understanding that all 5 strings in this set are tapered. These are hex core strings, which I prefer, since it helps to mimimize the "floppy B" syndrome on a 34" scale instrument. 2. La Bella Super Steps SS45-B (Exposed Core) (.045, .065, .085, .105, .128) These peak my interest because, as advertised by La Bella, they have "an exposed core at the bridge, which brings out the high overtone content of each note. This design maintains an exceptionally quick response with a clear, distinct sound." And, I'm assuming, that these are built on a round core since it is exposed. 3. D'Addario Pro Steels EPS300-5 (.043, .063, .085tw, .107tw, .127tw) These are also built on a hex core. My only concern with these is that the "piano-like" highs may be a little much for my taste. But they are readily available and less expensive. I have not been able to locate much information regarding the length from the ball-end to the beginning of the increase in taper (or from exposed core to beginning of taper). The PB5 is a string-thru and I would like to know whether or not these strings can be used in that fashion. So, if you have any first-hand experience with any exposed core or taper wound strings, I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.