No, it's not a new bass a la the Bongo. I had a string revelation brought on by a set of EB Slinkys. See, it's like this: On 6/2/03, I recieved an MTD Kingston that I had traded a bass to Planet Boulder for. Very cool bass, and apparently PB had put new Ernie Slinky fivers on it shortly before he sent it. I've used Slinkys before, and thought they were just OK. Today, 6/27/03 these string sound better than new. Some of the initial new-string clankiness has worn off, but they're still bright enough to slap and sound very even across the board. This is pretty good string life for me, and they may last some weeks more. My point here is that I think that some basses tend to kill certain strings for some reason, and not others. My Axcelerator 6 tended to kill B strings until I tried Hard Rockin' Steels, then it was fine. I've had Ernies die fairly fast on other basses, but not this time. I'll have to try them again to see if this is a fluke or a trend.