Frankly I don't know a thing about strings, so I have a couple of questions to ask regarding my next string purchase. #1. Roundwounds, Flatwounds, Halfwounds. I know the basics of what they are (except for halfwounds, but I don't see too many people mention it anyway). I'd like to know which of these would sound best for me; I play on a Fender Jazz, usually alternative music that's not too hard/loud nor too soft/slow (think Nirvana unplugged-ish), fingerstyle, not a slapper. #2. I hear Fender strings are crap, and I have stock Fender strings right now. Then what are some good strings out there that you would recommend? DR's, Ernie Ball's? Dean Markley's? #3. Gauges. How does thickness affect the sound? #4. Does Stainless Steel really chew up your fret board and fingers? I would appreciate some feedback, Thanks.