I went to a reputable local music store where I used to buy my Fender strings. The owner said that they no longer carry Fender stuff because they've had too many problems with it, and that Fender just isn't the same company. Okay, so I bought some new Fender 7250 strings from Guitar Center - the ones with the black and white photo of the strings on the package. The strings sounded like unfocused mush, even after they broke in. I kept twiddling the knobs on my jazz bass to get a good sound out of them, but couldn't and started to wonder if it was a problem with my bass. I finally put on some used Fender 7250's that I had sitting around. They had about six months of use and were the ones with the photo of a bass on the package. They sounded great. I'm guessing that maybe the newer version hadn't been wound tight enough on the core. Has anyone else noticed quality issues with newer Fender stuff?