The strings shown below came on a 98 Epic that I acquired last year. They are hands down the best strings I've ever used and I'd like to buy more! They appear to be medium gauge (I think the E string is a .105) and have a very fine winding, being smoother to the touch than other brands, but not smooth like half rounds. There is very little finger noise There is no thread winding at either end and the end rings are gold. I've spoken with two prior owners and neither ever changed the strings on the bass. There was an owner before so I cannot be sure if these strings are original to the bass. I've been told at the Alembic forums that Alembic strings have green thread windings. Any help / thoughts would be appreciated.