I love the sound of slinkies on my 2000 SR5. However, I'm finding that I'm only getting a couple gigs out of them before they're getting deader than I'd like. I don't have issues with acidic sweat or anything. So... i'm going to first try some of the EB Coated Slinkies this week. Other than that... try something like ProSteels, Dunlops, etc that are Stainless rather than Nickle? I don't slap or play with a pick a lot, so I'd probably get a lot of life out of a set of Elixir's also. I'm currently using D'Addario XL's on my 5-string Fender Deluxe Jazz with Sadowsky guts, and they worked fantastic last weekend 'new', but we'll see how they hold out after a couple gigs. I'm finding that I'd rather roll back the tone on an edgier string than I would fight to brighten up a mellower string to find more clarity. .