I'm playing a Realist through a Polytone amp. I've found this to be a satisfactory set-up for my needs. However, if I try to record 'direct-in' from the Realist the recorded sound comes dark and undefined. I think I could remedy some of this by recording from the line-out of my amp. What I'm wondering is what effect different strings would have on the amplified sound. Since piezo type pickups work from the pressure differential caused by the vibration it seems to me that the string tension would be the biggest factor. That said, does a bright sounding pizz string necessarily give you a brighter amplified sound?