Been using the EX170's on my PJ and Jazz Reverend phenolics with great results. They seem to really bump the midrange which benefits these basses, especially when played through my more vintage equipment. And they are very inexpensive! BUT, after playing with them for about a year on my G&L L-2000 I'm kinda worn out. The L2K has a fabulous mid-range bark all on its own and this coupled with the EXL170's has me continuously trying to rein in the EQ when I play through my more vintage gear. With more modern gear, this seems to all go away, so I've been able to avoid the problem for a while. Yesterday I picked up my Jazz Reverend which wears steels, usually much brighter to my ears, and noticed the absence of much midrange when the neck pickup was soloed. Of course it was because of my mid-cuts on the EQ that I leave on for the L2K but it got me to wondering - perhaps I'm just using the wrong strings. Anyone out there have some round wound string recommendations that might be less mid-rangie than the EXL 170's? The analogy I'll use here is between LaBella 760's and diAddario Chromes, both of which I also use on other basses. The Chromes have a great mid-range bark that's great for some basses, not so much for others.