i just got a set of the new Blast Cult LowLifes steel strings. Played em at home the other day and had band practice last night. I gotta say, i love these strings! I am so stoked to have finally found these. I have a jazz background but i love rockabilly as well. I have always struggled with the right strings and I have always wanted a set of strings that could cover any type of gig... well, almost any... i really don't play arco very much, so that is not important to me. but i wanted a string that sounded great for soloing over changes, walking jazz lines, or rockabilly slap. I always loved spirocores for jazz but hated them for rockabilly. i think guts are OK for the D and G if your playing rockabilly, but the E and A are always horrible. i have to say, i haven't even tried them with the bow yet, but i will later. that's just not a factor for me personally. but anyway, the LowLifes are great all the way around in my opinion. not only are they great for slapping, but they have all the definition and focus you need for fingerstyle jazz as well. amazing punch and definition. awesome depth and penetration with a bright, detailed top end that is great for soloing. nice even, responsive tension across all the strings. i couldn't be happier. and they are pretty cheap too by comparison. i guess i am ordering another set so i will have a backup just in case.