I just thought I'd post a couple of links of some cool bands that I enjoy that realize that you don't really need strings smaller than .45 gauge. MAN: Bassist w/ a kick drum and a lot on him chest. Lightning Bolt: Providence duo who are at risk of becoming bed fellows with the electroclash crowd. Lightning Bolt is the more interesting of the two, but MAN is really pissed, and in a way epitomizes the DIY spirit. He couldn't find any guys to make a band with, so he made up his own act.